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Beck Blames News Corp Major Stockholder for 9/11 Attacks While Comparing It To The Aid Flotilla

Reported by Guest Blogger - June 5, 2010 -

Guest blogged by Hula

Glenn Beck took the flotilla incident in the Mediterranean as an excuse to attack Saudi Arabians, and one in particular, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal – who just happens to be a major shareholder of News Corp. I can only imagine the reaction when Rodeo Clown Boy and his crack team of researchers find out his big mouth will cause his employers to have some 'splainin to do to their Saudi shareholder.

On Thursday’s show (6/3/10), Beck said, “Do you remember what happened right after 9/11 with Rudy Giuliani? Do you remember Saudi Arabia came and said, ‘We want to help.’ This guy [pointing at Prince Alwaleed] came over and said ‘I want to give you a $10 million dollar check.’ Rudy Giuliani said, ‘You see that over there? I don’t think we want your help. You already sent us help. And you flew that help into the plane, into the Trade Centers.’ The same prince later blamed the U.S. policy for the attacks. Giuliani said, ‘Take your check, we don’t want your money.’ There is no way America, that if it was us, that we would allow that to happen. Why do we hold people to a different standard?” (Courtesy Think Progress)

As it turns out, Beck didn’t quite get his facts straight. Giuliani did not turn down the check because of the Saudi connection to 9/11. He took the check and then rejected it, after conferring with the State Department, because when Prince Alwaleed delivered it, he suggested U.S. foreign policies led to the 9/11 attacks. He did not go so far as to blame the U.S. for the attacks.

As News Hounds previously reported, Prince Alwaleed has exerted influence over Fox News' coverage of riots in Paris to make them more Muslim-friendly. Think Progress noted that Fox News has rejected ads criticizing America’s dependence on oil from the Middle East.

Will there be any repercussions for Beck? Time will tell. But Sean Hannity and guest Richard Miniter attacked the Prince on Hannity & Colmes in 2005, calling him a “bad guy” and cast aspersions on two top U.S. universities for accepting money from him – without any apparent ill effect.

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