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Ground Zero Mosque Funding – Media Matters Tries To Change The Subject

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Posted on August 27 2010 7:00 pm
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Media Matters, the George Soros-funded attack machine directed against Fox News and other conservative media, is trying to discredit Fox News’ reporting on the Ground Zero mosque.  Its latest salvo is to paint Fox News as hypocritical for partnering with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (Fox News-parent company News Corp.’s second-largest shareholder with holdings of 7 percent) while the network blasts the funding ties of the Saudi Prince and other foreign Islamists to the Ground Zero mosque’s Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.

You know what? I agree that there may well be some hypocrisy at the News Corp. parent company level. But all that Media Matters and friends have proven is the independence of Fox News’ reporters and commentators. Rupert Murdoch has apparently not sought to suppress the broadcasting of their investigations and opinions even when potentially embarrassing to the parent company’s second largest shareholder.

Indeed, one progressive blogger proved this very point without meaning to, when he talked about the New York Post’s linkage of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal to Rauf:

Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post reported last May, the Kingdom Foundation, al-Waleed’s personal charity, has donated a total of $305,000 to Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow, a leadership and networking project sponsored jointly by two of Rauf’s organizations, the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative.

Moreover, News Corp.’s funding is out in the open. The Saudi prince’s investment in News Corp. is public, along with his company’s investments in such businesses as Citibank, the Four Seasons hotel chain and the Fairmont Hotel chain. The sponsors of the Ground Zero mosque, by contrast, appear to have something to hide.

Sharif el-Gamal’s financial backer Hisham Elzanaty needs to explain the allegations of racketeering and fraud he has faced in connection with his medical businesses, in order to allay concerns that his involvement with the developer behind the Ground Zero mosque is not following the same alleged ‘shell game’ pattern.

Most importantly, there are many folks across the political spectrum who are opposed to the location of the Ground Zero mosque, or at least want answers to legitimate questions about its sources of funding. That does not change because one of the critics – Fox News – has decided to partner with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

Once again, the Soros attack machine and its progressive allies are trying to change the subject, rather than deal with the underlying concerns of a majority of the American people.

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