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December 9, 2010

WiKiLeaks: Fox News an agent of peace in the Middle East

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

In what Tim Blair refers to as "today's WikiLaff" ... the Guardian reports that Fox News is an agent of peace in the Middle East:

According to cables included in the recent WikiLeaks document drop, informants have told diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia that American television - particularly Fox News Channel and David Letterman's Late Show - are proving to be powerful weapons against "violent jihad."

"It's still all about the war of ideas here, and the American programming on MBC and Rotana [a channel part-owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation] is winning over ordinary Saudis in a way that al-Hurra and other US propaganda never could," two Saudi media executives told a US official."

The popularity of the channels is particularly surprising given Rotana broadcasts Fox News, the rightwing News Corp channel that takes a hard line against Islamic radicalism and has strongly supported US military intervention in the Middle East.

As Blair points out, suprising to some, perhaps, but only if they think a soft line against radicalism would be more persuasive.

Posted by Richard at December 9, 2010 1:49 PM

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