This is not a new story – sadly.
It's one I've touched on before, hoping that calling out Fox News' irresponsible shilling for a Muslim Brotherhood front group might give Rupert Murdoch and his Saudi investors something to think about.
Obviously, the gentle nudging did not work.
Not only has Fox News continued to showcase the Council on American Islamic Relations as if it were truly a "Muslim civil rights group," it has actually stepped up its shameless promotion of the Hamas-connected unindicted terrorist co-conspirators at CAIR.
The latest example came last Friday, when "America Live" host Megyn Kelly asked CAIR's national legislative director, Corey Saylor, to comment about radical Muslims who threatened the creators of the cartoon "South Park" with violence. Naturally, Kelly never bothered to mention CAIR's own deep links to radical jihadist Islam.
In fact, not once has Fox News, joined at the hip itself with Saudi ownership, ever mentioned these well-documented connections in all of the hundreds of appearances CAIR officials have made on the network.
A jaw-dropping expose on the six-month undercover operation that revealed the true terror-supporting nature of CAIR: "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America." It's also available in electronic form at reduced price through Scribd.
Pseudo-civil libertarian Saylor, by the way, has campaigned hard to ensure evangelical leader Franklin Graham be denied a role at the National Day of Prayer even though CAIR claims to support "the desirable goal of bringing Americans, regardless of their faith traditions, together in prayer."
In other words, he wants Muslims in and Christians and Jews out.
More than a dozen employees, officials and board members of CAIR have been indicted, arrested or convicted of terrorism-related charges. Still, the group is sought out by Fox and other major media outlets as a respectable organization representing the interests of American Muslims.
However, CAIR is sustained by foreign cash – not the largesse of American Muslims in need of a civil-rights champion.
But maybe that's what CAIR and Fox have in common.
Meet Saudi Prince al Waleed bin Talal, nephew of Saudi King Abdullah. You might remember Talal for his moment of infamy in the landscape of American political culture: In October 2001, right after the World Trade Center destruction at the hands of primarily Saudi terrorists, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani famously turned down his offer of a $10 million donation for disaster relief after Talal suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East were actually to blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
A few years ago, Talal, who then owned 5.5 percent of the Fox News Channel's parent company, News Corp., boasted of his influence on the network's principal owner, Rupert Murdoch, and explained how he persuaded him to alter on-air content about "Muslim riots" in France to make them more palatable to adherents of Islam.
Do I begin to paint a picture of possible media compromise?
If Talal was able to influence content on the Fox News Channel back in 2005 as a minority shareholder in News Corp., is it not likely he and his Saudi friends would have a much more significant influence on Fox News today as major partners of the principal owner?
Until now, I have hesitated to be this blunt with my questions regarding Fox News Channel's editorial integrity. I like Fox News. There are many very good people working there. In many ways, Fox is a welcome breath of fresh air from the competition on both cable and broadcast television. But, at the same time, if I did not point out the way the network has apparently compromised itself on coverage of both the Middle East and key domestic issues through its ownership, I would be withholding important facts and analysis from you and compromising my own integrity.
The blackout of coverage of "Muslim Mafia" and the major lawsuit surrounding it, alongside Fox's continued pandering to CAIR – a group the U.S. Justice Department and FBI both say unequivocally is tied to terrorism – make it impossible for me to be silent any longer.
If you want to know even more amazing details of this story, I commend you to read my column from last January. I also ask that you support WND's Legal Defense Fund, which is currently battling CAIR's lawsuit against the co-author of "Muslim Mafia."