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Jon Stewart: Fox News Funding Ground Zero Mosque

Posted on August 25 2010 12:00 pm
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Sorry Fox News, Jon Stewart kind of has a point about your coverage of the Ground Zero mosque and the links between Imam Rauf and an unnamed Saudi prince accused of fundraising for the families of Palestinian suicide bombers and blaming 9/11 on U.S. foreign policy—an unnamed prince who goes unnamed, presumably, because he’s the second largest shareholder outside the Murdoch family. Boom roasted.

Oh, but there’s more that Stewart should’ve mentioned. This guy, Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal, has actually bragged about how he got Fox to stop describing the Muslim riots in France in 2005 as, well, Muslim riots. He earlier had talked about how it is easier to “influence American public opinion” by becoming a business partner and not a boycotter.

Jon Stewart’s overall objective in this is to, besides take a shot at Fox’s credibility, rebut attempts to connect Imam Rauf to Islamic extremism. Even if his point about Fox News is fair, the message behind that point is way off (click here and here).

Watch the segment below:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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The thing that Stewart doesn’t get is that just because you can, using guilt-by-association, connect Fox News to Imam Rauf doesn’t invalidate Imam Rauf’s own pattern of connections and his own statements, which we now include calling on President Obama to endorse the Iranian regime, supporting the 1979 Iranian revolution, refusing to condemn Hamas as a terrorist group, and calling for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (read: Destroying Israel).

Looking at who Imam Rauf has chosen to work with isn’t witch-hunting. It’s legitimate investigation. This isn’t a question of a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend. This is a matter of who he has chosen to directly involve in his projects and why.

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