Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Set your irony meters on stun for this story, folks. As you’ve heard the talking heads on Fox News breathlessly weave dark stories of foreign financing and jihadi teaching from the Park51/Cordoba House project, it turns out that one of the major financiers of the project is, in fact, the co-owner of Fox News. Even the Worldnutdaily has picked up on this.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is the largest stakeholder in Fox News outside the Murdoch family, owning 7% of the company. He also owns 6% of Citibank, by the way. And Murdoch’s News Corp also owns a 9% stake in his Saudi entertainment company. And he’s one of the people donating to the Islamic center:

Bin Talal has pumped more than $300,000 into the project headed by New York imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as part of the prince’s campaign to “improve the image of Islam in the American public.” The prince’s charitable foundation in 2008 gave $125,000 to Rauf, which came on the heels of an earlier $180,000 gift, according to the Arab press.

The foundation is run by Muna AbuSulayman, a Saudi woman who appears on Rauf’s website as one of its “Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow.”

Oh, but it gets worse.

In a 2002 interview in the Arab press, bin Talal intimated that “Arabs should focus more on penetrating U.S. public opinion as a means to influencing decision-making” on the war on terror and U.S. foreign policy.

Bin Talal proceeded to give more than $500,000 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington. The prince currently is helping CAIR finance a $50 million campaign to fight “Islamophobia” in America. According to a sensitive State Department cable, top CAIR officials in 2006 traveled to Saudi Arabia to solicit bin Talal and other wealthy Saudis for campaign funds.

“We are planning to meet Prince Alwaleed bin Talal for his financial support to our project,” CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad told the Arab press at the time. “He has been generous in the past.”

Now why do you support Pamela Geller and the other hysterics are not declaring Fox News to be funding terrorism and the spread of Islam?