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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 12:13 AM
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Saudi billionaire stock owner brags of manipulating FOX NEWS coverage
These two AIM (Accuracy in Media) PRESS RELEASES lay out this example of money and stock ownership apparently controlling coverage by Fox News. When the stock owner is a Saudi billionaire and a personal friend of Rupert Murdoch, any hope of truth about MidEast reporting is just that much more remote.

What makes these press releases particularly ironic is that AIM is an EXTREME-RIGHT WING organization. Hence you have the mind-twisting statement in the second press release "Conservatives who have depended on Fox for fair and balanced coverage of controversial issues have to be extremely alarmed."
:rofl:

Yet this is a serious issue for progressives too, as indicated by the fact that Crooks & Liars referred to this matter and gave links to AIM:
http://www.crooksandliars.com/2005/12/10.html#a6263
and there are a number of interesting comments there.

http://www.aim.org/press_release/4222_0_19_0_C

Saudi Billionaire Boasts of Manipulating Fox News Coverage


December 7, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Accuracy in Media (AIM) is urging a full inquiry into a report that a Saudi billionaire caused the Fox News Channel (FNC) to dramatically alter its coverage of the Muslim riots in France after he called the network to complain. The Saudi billionaire, Al-waleed bin Talal, is a friend of News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch and controls an influential number of voting shares in the company.

"This report underscores the danger of giving foreign interests a significant financial stake in U.S. media companies," declared Cliff Kincaid, editor of Accuracy in Media.

The controversial comments came at an Arab media conference featuring representatives of Time magazine, USA Today, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, and other news organizations. The conference and the Saudi Prince's growing influence in News Corporation are among the subjects of a new December-A AIM Report that has just been posted at the AIM website (www.aim.org ). The report raises the specter of Arab money influencing News Corporation and other U.S. media companies.

Liberal journalist Danny Schechter, a participant in the conference, reports that Al-waleed, who is a member of the Saudi Royal Family and investor in the Fox News parent company News Corporation, gave an interview boasting that he had called Fox to complain about coverage of the "Muslim riots" in France. He said he "called as a viewer" and "convinced them to change" the coverage because "they were not Muslim riots but riots against poverty and inequality." And "they changed" the coverage, the Saudi reportedly said.

Another report on the comments, carried by the Dubai-based newspaper the Khaleej Times, says that Al-waleed personally called Rupert Murdoch to complain. The Saudi said, "After a short while, there was a change" in the coverage.

(snip)


And an update:

http://www.aim.org/press_release/4225_0_19_0_C /

AIM Reveals Saudi Billionaire Has Another Link to Parent Company of Fox News


December 9, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Amid growing concern over a billionaire Saudi Prince's reported personal intervention in the news practices of Fox News Channel, Accuracy in Media (AIM) has uncovered the fact that Fox parent company News Corporation has just published an "authorized biography" of the prince.

"This story gets more curious as we learn more about it," declared AIM editor Cliff Kincaid. "It appears that the Saudi connection to News Corporation, the parent of Fox News, is deep and substantial. The evidence is growing that Saudi Prince Al-waleed bin Talal is using his influence in News Corporation to promote himself and the Arab/Muslim cause. Conservatives who have depended on Fox for fair and balanced coverage of controversial issues have to be extremely alarmed."

As AIM was the first to note in a press release on Wednesday, Al-waleed bin Talal owns an influential and significant number of voting shares in the company and claims that he forced Fox News to eliminate on-air references to the Muslim role in the recent riots in France. He claimed to have accomplished this by speaking to News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Fox News has responded to AIM with a statement saying the network became aware that the Paris riots "were caused by a number of different factors which we characterized in various ways" and that a Fox contributor by the name of Father Morris had said "this was a cultural assimilation issue, not a religious one."

Kincaid commented "It is significant that Fox is not denying that Al-waleed did play a significant role in the change of coverage."

(snip)


Wheels within wheels. Fact is, NOBODY can trust FAUX news, so its a great irony that of all the networks, it calls its coverage Fair and Balanced.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 12:19 AM
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1. I remember seeing on ABC
some correspondent interviewing one of the Saudi princes and he had this white boat and on this boat he had all these symbols from various American companies including CBS, CNN, ABC, Fox. Murdoch is a capitalist so of course he goes where the money is and that's with the republican party.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 01:46 AM
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7. i agree. Murdoch is a money-elite propagandist
with huge power AND wealth. He is the prime danger to democracy and liberty and human rights in general.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 12:26 AM
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2. Here there seems to be a conflict between the masters:
Edited on Sun Dec-11-05 12:33 AM by Nothing Without Hope
the GOP wingnuts, represented by AIM, want Muslims to look as bad as possible, but the billionare Fox-share-holding buddy of Murdoch wants Muslims to look as good as possible.

More money/poweer predictably carried the day. The GOP Rethugs behind AIM were miffed, because they thought THEY owned Fox and Murdoch. But there's no loyalty here except to power and money. Truth? That's literally negotiable. We can't expect to get anything like the real story from networks that are owned by people who twist facts one way or the other to suit their own bias.

I myself don't know the truth behind those riot stories that are the subject of the AIM objections. To get even an idea I would have to go through many different sources with different viewpoints and try to sort it out based on what I know of reliability and bias of each source, and I haven't done that. Maybe someone can post here their take on it.
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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 01:46 AM
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6. Here is an opinion piece in Der Tagespiegel.
Edited on Sun Dec-11-05 01:49 AM by rumpel
http://archiv.tagesspiegel.de/archiv/03.11.2005/2152109...

Short interpretation

Young, Poor and Jobless

The problem originates in colonialism and subsequent separation of countries from the motherland in the early 1960's
Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco have deep French cultural influence. So, many North African's moved to their "motherland', when sovereignty was declared.
High rise housing were built to house them. As the French strictly adhere to separation of Church and State, the exact number of muslims is not known. According to some reports up to 70% of criminals in jail may be of N. African decent.
The French government to this day have denied integration to the Arabs.

The retreat of the young generation of immigrants into the ethnic and religious ghettos is not only a reflex to the rejection by the "whites" but also is the result of a growing, likewise proud as angry self-consciousness. Even though the immigrants almost without exception speak fluent French, have barely any chance in the job market, which shows how incredibly difficult and slow it is to solve this conflict if at all.

To me, I do not get an impression of a religious conflict, it is rather a race based issue, their own civil rights movement.

on edit fixed the typos etc. :)
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 01:59 AM
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10. Sounds very sad. Brotherhood and equality stopped at skin color and
ethnic background once again. I heard a report on NPR about this in which a number of French people of N African descent were interviewed. It followed what you found in Der Tagespiegel - they considered themselves French, but they could not get jobs because of their ethnic descent. Civil rights indeed.

I imagine the AIM folks would not want the truth about the systematic discrimination against these people publicized. Nope, they just wanted a nice tidy headliner about "rioting Muslims" to demonstrate how unreasonable and violent all of "them" are.
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 01:33 AM
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3. But Fundies won't mind cuz they can't think for themselves anyways ...
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 01:44 AM
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5. But that's just it - they want mindless hate of Muslims at all times
Edited on Sun Dec-11-05 01:47 AM by Nothing Without Hope
and they think an opportunity for some useful hate-mongering was missed because of this interfering Saudi Murdoch pal. You can tell that this particular batch of wingnuts is not on the Big Oil cash take with the Bushies.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 02:17 AM
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12. They want us to hate
almost all muslims- saudi billionares excluded.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 02:35 AM
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13. Exactly - except that I think we are supposed to just not hear about those
Saudi billionaires. That's just a Bush family thing, you know? Besides, you know that doesn't have any affect on Bushie policy...
:sarcasm:

I think this was why the Saudi connection was so prominently covered in F9/11 and came as a surprise to so many people who saw it. It was a fairly well-kept secret from the US public how central Saudi interests - read: money and oil - were to Bush Administration planning.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 01:44 AM
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4. Americans to earth: HELP! We get no real news!
People don't vote in their own best interest.
Nor do they act in their own best economic interest.
Why? Because they're not informed, and misinformed.

I feel that if we get a liberal news, then we will get real change. That would get us our votes counted, etc...
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Raydawg1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 02:02 AM
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11. Hey but, Hasn't Voting been Marginalized?
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 01:47 AM
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8. Hey, O'LIEly! Kiss the ass of your master
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

But then again, many of us here of known this all along. Maybe you did too when you called for Al Ciada to bomb San Francisco.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 01:53 AM
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9. I wonder how many SF phone books O'Liely finally got from sfexpat2000
and friends in her DU campaign to send O'Liely comprehensive "enemies" lists so he knows who to bomb!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Must have been significant poundage. Too bad he has no sense of humor, it was a good one.
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buddysmellgood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 03:00 AM
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14. So Fox is now Al Jazeera 2. I wonder what that will do for their ratings
if we keep calling it that.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 03:14 AM
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15. They own a chunk of AOL Time Warner too
In other words, CNN.
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Al-CIAda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 11:00 AM
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23. Yes, was going to post that. A Saudi Prince owns significant AOL/TWX.
Back when the heat was on you would see Ads/commercials about 'Saudi Arabia' on CNN. They were very much like entising travel commercials. They served a dual purpose. The obvious is image control, the second is that by running the propaganda, a 'payoff' for doing so is in the form of ad revenue.
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AntiFascist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 06:25 PM
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34. Don't forget Disney (ABC) nt
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 04:21 AM
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16. kick for the early AM crowd - I'm signing off for the "night" n/t
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 06:27 AM
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17. Ok, NOW I'm signing off until many hours from now. One more kick n/t
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 06:48 AM
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18. FOX-Jazeera! n/t
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 07:19 AM
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20. faux-jazeera.
:yoiks:
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 09:57 AM
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22. That's a perfect frame.
FOX-Jazerra! Fox is controlled by the Arabs! The contradiction will get their heads spinning and maybe force them to think a little.
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PsychoDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 07:06 AM
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19. Now Muslims control FOX ?
Feed that to your bushbots and watch heads explode.

To be honest, I had suspected something after O'Rilly announced his Christmas Jihad Fatwah. :silly:


Peace
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 11:02 AM
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25. Isn't the irony beautiful?
:D
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Catt03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 08:37 AM
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21. Well darn
let's see....

China owns our economy

Saudi's own our media

India owns our employment

Iraq owns our future


Welcome to the 21st Century. Bet you never thought it would happen did you?





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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 11:01 AM
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24. Well, at least we now know WHEN those filth will demand their money back
and that's when a Dem is elected in 2008.

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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 11:08 AM
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26. This is terrible, but not at all surprising -- except
for the fact that this was reported by a very conservative source. That great news, let's hope that it represents a trend.

I think that lack of controls on our main stream news media is a great threat to our democracy -- possibly as great or greater a threat than our broken election system. Thank you for posting this.
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Kansas Wyatt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 11:10 AM
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27. Since Freepers and the Extreme Right Wing are outraged at the thought..
Of any foreign control over anything in the U.S., maybe they should all see that their FAUX news is corrupt with foreign intervention to keep the truth from them.

Just may be the crack that opens the door to how fake Fox (propaganda) news is for some of them.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 01:23 PM
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28. kick n/t
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 01:50 PM
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29. kick n/t
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 05:04 PM
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30. The RW Bushbots just don't get how they are played.
Imagine that...Saudi's control the media that feeds the RWer's opinions.

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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 05:31 PM
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31. The House of Saud bought the * family eons ago


...but this is an interesting development.
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Hypatia82 Donating Member (207 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 06:17 PM
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32. Prince Al-waleed is barely on speaking terms....
with most of the al-Saud family. He took his original slice of family money and invested it overseas, often times in companies the al-Saud family, that is the government of Saudi Arabia, would never allow in Saudi Arabia eg Citicorp. His attitudes are that of an old time traditional Moslem, not the reprehensible Wahabbi dreck his cousins spew. Nevermind that he gladly speaks in English instead of feigning to not know it or act as if it is beneath.
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Hypatia82 Donating Member (207 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 06:22 PM
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33. Given the coverage of the riots...
I don't blame him. The riots had bugger to do with Islam and rather have to do with France's longstanding tradtion of treating anyone who isn't French, and that is not just a French citizen but acting and talking like a proper Frenchman, like crap. Jews have been treated like crap in France for ages. Nevermind they are at this point as French as most Catholic French citizens. Anti-semitism is a problem the French government likes to say doesn't exist, but it does no matter how subtle it is. And that's just one of France's problems. Currently it has so many, none being adressed, it's rather impressive the place hasn't been befallen by riots from all sides. And given Fox would've tried to peg the riots on faults with Moslems, I can't say I blame the prince. If you can't tell the story right, don't tell it at all. Goes as much for ABC, CBS or anyone else as it does Fox.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 11:00 PM
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35. kick n/t
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 11:26 PM
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36. When the Saudis speak our News agencies jump!!!
Money Money Money!!!
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MalachiConstant Donating Member (368 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 11:28 PM
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37. surpirsed?
not me. gee, is it just me or is completely obvious that fox news has been manipulated by conservatives? this shouldn't shock anyone.



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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 11:33 PM
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38. HAHAHAHA!!!! 'Islamo-fascists' control FOX News!!!!
:rofl: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-05 11:49 PM
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39. Overall, then, it looks like what happened was that the AIM people are
Edited on Sun Dec-11-05 11:51 PM by Nothing Without Hope
upset because they WANTED lying spin - that the French riots were caused by the Muslim religion of the rioters - but that because of the phone call from the Saudi friend of Murdoch's, this lie was quashed. Sort of an anti-Fox moment, and the AIMs were missing their dose of hate Kool-Aid. An oversimplification, of couse, but that seems to be the center of it.

But he could as easily have called as the White House does, to plant or twist a story for propaganda or suppression of the truth. Money and influence determines the "news" - and thus the control of the people who hear it.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-12-05 06:38 AM
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40. kick n/t
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-12-05 09:35 AM
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41. Fuck Fox
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