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West pointed out that “just as Steven Emerson believes that American universities using Saudi mega-millions (many from Alwaleed Bin Talal) to set up Islamic studies departments should register as Saudi agents, I believe an American news channel part-owned and part-influenced by the Saudi prince should, too.”
Alwaleed Bin Talal’s “contributions” to U.S. institutions are attributable to the anti-Saudi backlash that followed 9/11, which prompted his 2005 purchase of a 5.5 percent stake in News Corp and his “gifts” of $20 million to both Georgetown and Harvard Universities, also in 2005.
Alwaleed Bin Talal’s spending spree includes a $500,000 check in 2002 to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood-linked entity, and, also in 2002, a whopping $27 million to the families of Palestinian “martyrs” — aka suicide bombers.
Diana West referred to Alwaleed’s self-described “very close relationship” with Rupert Murdoch’s son and heir-apparent, James Murdoch, a left-wing global-warming alarmist with virulently anti-Israel views, and suggested this should deepen Americans’ concerns about Fox’s ties to “the prince.”
Asked by Charlie Rose in a Bloomberg Businessweek interview (1/21/10), whether he is confident about the future given his huge investment in News Corp, Alwaleed Bin Talal replied:
I have a very close relationship with Mr. James Murdoch. James is now managing Europe and Asia. I would be the first one to nominate him to be the successor of Mr. Rupert Murdoch, God forbid something happens. I have full trust in him. He is really a Rupert Murdoch in the making, and he’s almost there. And I told that to Mr. Murdoch.
An apologist for radical Islam, the US-educated Alwaleed Bin Talal provides clever answers that suit American ears when he is interviewed. In response to Charlie Rose’s question about whether the world’s perception of Islam is misunderstood, he said:
After 9/11, the world changed, and Islam came under attack. You had all these terrorist acts on U.S. soil committed by Muslims and Arabs and Saudis. So I don’t really blame the West for being worried about Islam. But you cannot generalize and say all Arabs or Muslims are terrorists. All the discussion has been around the Somali guy who tried to bomb the airplane, but his father turned him in… This guy represents me and all my 1.3 billion Muslims. Not the guy with the bomb. Islam means peace[.]
Alwaleed Bin Talal understands that the nature of the Saudi regime, with its denial of religious freedom in the kingdom and its teaching of intolerance and hatred towards Jews, Christians, Israel and even America, does not render it a friend of America. Furthermore, the Wahabbi-Islam that Bin Talal represents is contrary to everything Americans with Judeo-Christian values believe in. Bin Talal has therefore taken upon myself the task of influencing the way Americans think, and he is doing it by buying off Western academic and cultural institution such as Harvard, Georgetown, Cambridge, etc., where a sanitized version of Islam and its relationship to the infidel West is being taught.
Bin Talal has reasoned correctly that if Islamists cannot win over the American people through their true beliefs, then they must feed them twisted reality in the form of “news” through their expensive Washington lobbyists and increased media control (as with Fox News and the Wall Street Journal). This allows the Saudi façade as “a friend of America” to remain.
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