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Jon Stewart: Why Won't Fox News Disclose That Ground Zero Mosque-Funder is News Corp Shareholder? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 24th 2010 2:37AM
Jon Stewart Links Fox News to the 'Ground Zero Mosque'Fox News has been fairly merciless in its criticism of the 'Ground Zero Mosque.' Commentators on the station consider the mosque to be dangerous and radical -- and they think that creating an Islamic center on the site is insensitive to the feelings of 9/11 survivors.

Correspondents on the network have also routinely been asking where the funding for the mosque is coming from. They have been implying that the money is coming from suspicious sources ... such as terrorists. But now, we learn that a man who has been funding the "Ground Zero Mosque" is the second largest shareholder of ... New Corp, Fox's parent company. Whoops. That's not good.


'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) has the whole scoop. Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has contributed more than $300,000 to the organization that is helping to build the 9/11 mosque. But Al-Waleed bin Talal also owns 7% percent of "News Corp." -- the parent company that controls Fox News. So when Fox asks where the funding is coming from -- well, it's coming from one of their main shareholders.

Jon Stewart and his team of reporters are annoyed and upset by all of this. Essentially, the whole time that Fox News has been attacking the mosque, they've also basically being paying for the mosque.

Stewart wants to know if Fox has been intentionally covering this up -- in the hopes that their viewers wouldn't notice. And he poses this question: Is Fox News "evil," or "stupid"?

What do you guys think? Is this a bad scandal? Does it affect the credibility of Fox News?

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James

GO DRINK WATER FROM MY TOILET AL-WALEED BIN BOOBY HATCH. MOVE THAT MOSQUE.....ALL THE WAY TO SAUDI ARABIA.

September 08 2010 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
anthony

BRACE WINSLOW- 7% OR 1 CENT. THE MAN HAS CONTRIBUTED TO SOMETHING THAT HE IS RUTHLESLY AND CALLOUSLY BASHING ON HIS FAKE NEWS CHANNEL. THAT'S BEING A HYPOCRIT. FOX NEWS IN MY OPINION IS THE MOST BIASED, HIGHLY PREJUDICED, UNFAIR, ONE-SIDED, REPUBLICAN PROPAGANDA MACHINE IN THE WORLD. WHAT THEY CALL REPORTING THE NEWS, I CALL RUBBISH. THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES AT FOX NEWS. I THINK YOU'VE LISTENED TO MUCH TO BECK, LIMBAUGH, O RIELLY, COULTER, AND PALIN. ALL OF WHO ARE RECIEVING MEGA MILLIONS TO PREACH THEIR HYPOCRITICAL, MEAN SPIRTED RHETORIC. THOSE PEOPLE WILL SAY ANYTHING FOR THE RIGHT PRICE. I GET A CHUCKLE OUT OF ALL OF THEM, INCLUDING THE SO-CALLED NEWS CHANNEL, FOX.

August 31 2010 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StewartIII

"It's always a bit ironic when Fox haters decide to get their facts from a performing clown. But that's how the latest bit of flim-flammery got started:"
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'Jon Stewart: Why Won't Fox News Disclose That Ground Zero [Mosque-Funder] is News Corp Shareholder?'
* http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/08/24/jon-stewart-links-fox-news-to-the-ground-zero-mosque-video/
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"Yep, the illusion that a comedian is a news source continues, but the falsehoods and lies really should stop. Prince Al-Waleed is an investor in News Corp holding 7% of the shares. He is an 'owner' of News Corp only in the same technical sense that every other shareholder. And that's News Corp, of which Fox News is just one of many companies. You could just as easily call the Prince a 'co-owner' of HarperCollins, Truck Australia, and Avatar. But somehow that doesn't have the same incitement factor."
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August 29 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BraceWinslow

What an idiot Stewart is and that so-called "network" that presents him. News Corp did not take money from the company and give it to the mosque, the guy that owns 7% gave HIS OWN MONEY. Any stockholder can do what he or she wants with their own money. Case closed.

August 25 2010 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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anoness

well DUH, obviously. the whole point of the segment was that he was using fox news' screwy (non)logic of linking one person/group to another person/group, and thus claiming a big, scary conspiracy. it was simply sarcastic comedy, which is like 80% of the daily show.

basically fox screwed themselves by being so preachy and conspiratorial, because going by their methods alone, newscorp is very much part of a conspiracy. get it? that's why it's funny. everyone knows the prince can spend his own money as he wishes, but if you're in fox news fantasy world, fox news is financially supporting the "ground zero mosque". lol.

August 26 2010 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

The fact that someone would say that a news station is great because it is kicking some group's butt - underscores the whole point of what John Stewart is about which is simply to make people question what they hear (including John Stewart). Is that so leftist? Atticus (and what a neat name for looking at both sides of an issue) makes the point that 500K is comparatively small and shouldn't upset anyone. Point taken that it is comparatively small but if Obama or some other political figure or ABC News had given $100k toward the mosque, would that be considered negligible? Obama said only that they had the legal right to build the mosque and the furror on the right was as if he had sent a blank check for the whole thing. Please, I hope JS raises questions; I think we hear something that strikes the right emotions, and there are masters at this, and that if it sounds like our team, we don't question it. If there is something other than 500k argument that John Stewart is wrong, if he isn't correctly portraying a whole in Fox's logic then please tell us. Otherwise Fox needs to be more careful in reporting their stories

August 25 2010 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

This is why I love "The Daily Show." Thank God for Jon Stewart.

August 25 2010 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
barry

Prince Alwaleed, the shadowy figure that 'Fox & Friends' says, "funds radical madrassas all over the world", was meeting with News Corp executives ON THE SAME DAY to discuss News Corp investing a major stake in HIS media company in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.tradearabia.com/news/newsdetails.asp?Sn=MEDIA&artid=184910

August 24 2010 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim

Does this affects the credibility of Fox "News"? Can you have negative credibility?

August 24 2010 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Whatever happened to the separation of church and state, anyway? Or for that matter, freedom of religion? Weren't we, as a country, supposed to be kinda big on that sort of thing at one time? Who the hell cares where some group of religious people choose to have their religious place? That's like saying they can't build any more Christian churches in Texas because of that Waco wackjob. Psycho crazy blow-stuff-up types are the problem, religion is just ONE on the list of excuses they try to use for their criminal behavior. It's not the fault of Islam that it has some fundamentalist weirdos in its congregations, any more than all of Christianity is to be blamed for the bible-brandishing nutjobs hiding in its own flock.

August 24 2010 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gina

Seriously, what about the "Christians" who believe that all life is sacred and are anti-abortion but go and kill and blow up abortion clinics. Since they label themselves as Christians should all Christians be smeared with the same brush? You cannot judge an entire group of people based on the actions of a few.

I personally think the Muslim center should be built right where they want it. It is the biggest F*** Y** to Osama Bin Laden that we could ever do. You cannot scare or intimidate the U.S. you big overgrown idiot. We do not surrender our beliefs, morals, or laws to crackpots. We as a country are better and stronger than that! This center will show the world that we practice what we preach.

August 24 2010 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom Degan

Here is what's happening, boys and girls: In case it slipped your mind, there is an election coming up in November. In the last few months the Republican party has been in the process of imploding (and it's been so much fun to watch, too!) As was I predicted over a year ago, the so-called "Tea Party" would end up being an albatross around their collective neck. Sure enough, the mindless extremism of these nitwits is starting to scare the hell out of that mysterious segment of the electorate who describe themselves as "moderate". What to do? Find an issue - any issue - that will distract the people. After a desperate search that must have taken them weeks, they finally found that issue last week in - of all places - lower Manhattan.

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING!

They grabbed this non-issue and ran with it. Then the corporate media (you shouldn't be surprised) decided to play this story to death like Hotel California and Stairway To Heaven. And it worked like a charm. Very few of us are at present thinking about the utter mess that six years of Republican control of the executive and legislative branches of our government made of this country. Instead we're wasting precious time thinking about a non-issue. Just for a moment let's put our minds on the things that really matter:

The economy
War in Afghanistan
Massive unemployment
A multi-trillion dollar debt
The plunder of our national treasure by Wall Street
An environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico....

....and what the hell are we talking about? A non-existent "mosque".

http:www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan

August 24 2010 at 6:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Picviewer

Your response is too rational and to the point. You'll be flamed as they start to read it but fail to comprehend your thought out response to a article where all the dots are there. They are being played but just don't see it.
But that's the playbook, divert & divide long enough to blame someone else. Republicans voted for a tax with a expiration date, that's the law folks, yet somehow it'll be the Democrats increasing taxes. The past 18 months has only been about one thing, they lost to a Black man and can't handle the truth of it. Everything since then has been a scramble as they've seen their base dwindle, only so many 65-80yr olds to scare anymore to vote against their self interests, so they're getting the ducks lined up for one last push before they are completely a minority. Find a bunch of saps to push to the front which were the fringe for years and claim it's some "grassroots" movement as their propaganda mouthpiece network pushes it. Get a few more ex-drugheads, pedophiles, and low intelligence people to be their radio and tv faux-preachers to drum up the masses over those "lamestream" airwaves as they repeat and repeat the same drivel on a daily basis.

I always laugh when I see the yahoo's running around playing army as if the rest of the country will just roll over to be dragged backwards.

August 24 2010 at 6:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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