December 9, 2010
WiKiLeaks: Fox News an agent of peace in the Middle EastTopics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam
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."As Blair points out, suprising to some, perhaps, but only if they think a soft line against radicalism would be more persuasive.
"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.
Posted by Richard at December 9, 2010 1:49 PM
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