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Will Laura Ingraham Speak Out Against Fox News’ “Muslim Extremist” Shareholder?

Reported by Ellen - August 24, 2010 -

In her Talking Points Memo last night (8/23/10), O'Reilly Factor substitute host Laura Ingraham addressed what she considered unfair accusations of Islamophobia. As part of her refutation, she re-aired what has been a widely-aired segment (she didn’t mention that the clip has been used to illustrate her hypocrisy on the mosque) showing her conducting an approving interview with Daisy Khan, the wife of Dr. Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam of the so-called "mosque at Ground Zero."

Ingraham said about her December, 2009 interview with Khan, "It all sounded like the kind of Islamic reformation that we need in America. But in the ensuing months, we all discovered that there’s a lot more to the story, including incendiary comments from Ms. Khan’s husband."

What were those incendiary comments? Ingraham played the clip of Rauf telling 60 Minutes, “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened (on 9/11). But the United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened… We have been an accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama Bin Laden is made in the USA.”

“Does that sound like moderation to you?” Ingraham asked contemptuously.

It doesn’t sound extremist to me. As Media Matters pointed out, it’s in line with what many other people have said.

It's also not very different from what one Prince Al-waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, the second largest News Corp shareholder, said about the 9/11 attacks: “At times like this one, we must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack. I believe the government of the United States of America should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause." In the wake of those remarks, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani returned Al-waleed’s $10 million donation to New York City. The prince explained Giuliani’s decision by saying, "The whole issue is that I spoke about their position [on the Middle East conflict], and they didn't like it because there are Jewish pressures and they were afraid of them."

News Corp. is not just a beneficiary of Prince Al-waleed’s dough. It has also invested $70 million in his Saudi media conglomerate. And Prince Al-Waleed is not just a $3 billion stakeholder in News Corp. He’s also a backer of that same Imam Rauf. As Yahoo News reports, Prince Al-Waleed has directly funded two of Rauf's projects to the tune of more than $300,000.

“Oh, by the way, the (Ground Zero Mosque) project’s founders won’t swear off money from Saudi Arabia or Iran.” Ingraham sneered.

So, Laura, if you’re so up in arms about money from Saudi Arabia and statements about the United States’ complicity in 9/11, can we expect you to reject Fox News’ money in the future? At the very least, can we expect you to speak out against their accepting money from Prince Al-Waleed?

You can reach Ingraham via her webmail or via Twitter. You can contact the O'Reilly Factor at oreilly@foxnews.com.

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