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Prince Alwaleed and Fox News

Com­ment: Sem­i­nal, hero­ic researcher Joe Tren­to — author of “Pre­lude to Ter­ror” — weighs in on Sau­di Prince Alwaleed’s sway over Grup­pen­fuhrer Mur­doch’s jour­nal­is­tic empire.

“Tren­to’s Take: Fox News Can’t Upset Mur­doch’s Sau­di Prince”; DC Bureau; 2/3/2010.

Last month I appeared on Fox News Network’s morn­ing show, Fox and Friends, to talk about air­line secu­ri­ty. Nor­mal­ly such appear­ances end up as clips on the Fox News Web site. Grant­ed, the Steve Doocy inter­view was hard­ly ground­break­ing, but that is sel­dom a cri­te­ri­on for feed­ing the beast that is a major cable net­work news Web site. Curi­ous­ly, I was quot­ed in a writ­ten piece on the site that got a fair amount of pick-up, but no video.

It was not until a few days lat­er that I learned what may have been behind the absence of a video clip on the Web site. I had said to Doocy that Sau­di Ara­bi­an mon­ey was still financ­ing Al Qae­da. Doocy did not react to my com­ment. But ten days lat­er I learned that Fox’s par­ent com­pa­ny, News Cor­po­ra­tion, was, at the time of my inter­view, nego­ti­at­ing with a Sau­di prince to vast­ly increase his stake in the com­pa­ny. Read entire arti­cle »


2 comments for “Prince Alwaleed and Fox News”

  1. Against the back drop of the weight­i­ness of Prince Alwaleed, the image of Cavu­to and Imus rolling over on their backs seems rather com­i­cal.
    (That image with Alwaleed’s per­son­al 380 Air­bus in the back­ground is worth a thou­sand words itself.)

    Posted by Sandra | February 21, 2010, 1:38 am
  2. Oh great, it looks like al Jazeera is buy­ing Al Gore’s Cur­rent TV:

    NY Times
    Jan­u­ary 2, 2013, 4:42 pm
    Al Jazeera Is Said to Be Acquir­ing Cur­rent TV

    5:48 p.m. | Updat­ed
    Al Jazeera is putting the final touch­es on a deal to take over Cur­rent TV, the low-rat­ed cable chan­nel that was found­ed by Al Gore and his busi­ness part­ners sev­en years ago.

    If the deal is com­plet­ed, Cur­rent will pro­vide the pan-Arab news giant with some­thing it has sought for years: a path­way into Amer­i­can liv­ing rooms. Cur­rent is avail­able in about 60 mil­lion of the 100 mil­lion homes in the Unit­ed States with cable or satel­lite ser­vice.

    Rather than sim­ply use Cur­rent to dis­trib­ute its Eng­lish-lan­guage chan­nel, called Al Jazeera Eng­lish and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will cre­ate a new chan­nel based in New York, accord­ing to peo­ple with knowl­edge of the deal nego­ti­a­tions. The chan­nel may be called Al Jazeera Amer­i­ca. Rough­ly 60 per­cent of the pro­gram­ming will be pro­duced in the Unit­ed States, while the remain­ing 40 per­cent will come from Al Jazeera Eng­lish.

    Al Jazeera may absorb some Cur­rent TV staff mem­bers, accord­ing to the peo­ple, who insist­ed on anonymi­ty because they were not autho­rized to speak pub­licly. But Current’s sched­ule of shows will most like­ly be dis­solved in the spring.

    The plan will bring Al Jazeera, which is financed by the gov­ern­ment of Qatar, into clos­er com­pe­ti­tion with CNN and oth­er news chan­nels in the Unit­ed States.


    It’s going to be fas­ci­nat­ing to see how the pun­dits on Fox News treat this devel­op­ment if the deal gets final­ized. CNN’s and ABC News’s talk­ing heads will also be inter­est­ing to watch. Maybe they’ll just tweet about it.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 2, 2013, 4:06 pm

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