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Does Fox Hate Islam?

Reported by Janie - October 27, 2006 -

During last night's "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment on "Special Report", host Brit Hume used his time to complain about a donation to Georgetown University from a Saudi prince that would create workshops "regarding Islam" and opened a center for Muslim-Christian understanding.

Hume claimed that at the same time, Georgetown revoked affiliations of Christian Groups, making it appear as though Georgetown is intolerant of Christianity. Hume, however; once again refused to tell the whole story.

Hume began his biased tirade, "Georgetown University — the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit college — which has Bill Clinton among its distinguished graduates..."

Comment: First and foremost, Hume finds a way to tie the Clintons into this story, despite the fact they have nothing to do with it. But he certainly makes sure Clintons' name is associated.

Hume went on, "...has accepted a $20 million donation from a Saudi prince in order to put on workshops regarding Islam, address U.S. policy toward the Muslim world and encourage other Islamic studies. The prince's name is now on the school's center for Muslim-Christian understanding."

Comment: According to the Washington Post, the prince that Hume does not name is Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. Prince Bin Talal has more than just ties to Georgetown - he's a partial owner of News Corp., Fox's parent company.

Not only that, but Prince Bin Talal has also influenced reporting on Fox News itself. During the French riots in November 2005, Fox attempted to portray them as a form of Islamic terrorism. Despite the obviousness that terrorism played no part, Fox only changed its tune after Prince Bin Talal asked them to.

According to Prince Bin Talal , "'I picked up the phone and called Murdoch... (and told him) these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty,' he said. 'Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots.'"

Hume finished by attempting to make Georgetown appear to have a religious bias, "But Georgetown apparently doesn't understand or approve of some Christian groups — including InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and Crossroads Campus Christian Fellowship. Georgetown has revoked their affiliations, removed them from the school's Web site and —according to World Net Daily — told them to leave campus."

This is pure, complete, unadulterated spin. The Washington Post reported these groups Hume mentioned were outside organizations, not a part of the school, and had no student involvement. In fact, these groups were asked to leave by the Georgetown's Protestant chaplaincy.

According to the article, "Georgetown's Protestant chaplaincy, part of the office of Campus Ministry, told the six outside Protestant groups Aug. 17 that they would no longer be allowed to reserve rooms for weekly meetings, use Georgetown's name or organize on campus without an invitation from a student. Between 100 and 300 students are active in the groups, which include Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, national organizations." The article continued to say, "Protestant students could establish a student group and access space that way."

So, the Islamic studies is apart of the University, these Christian groups were not. Christian groups have not been banned from the school, only outside organizations that have no oversight by the University itself, while all other university-affiliated Christian groups are allowed to remain.

This segment's only intention was to disparage the religion of Islam, cause divisiveness between religions, while desperately attempting to keep Fox's far-right Christian base.

To contact Hume about this outright lie, please e-mail special@foxnews.com.