If you watch the Fox Network or Fox News, you may know who Rupert Murdoch is. Do you know anything about the person whose picture appears to the left?
You should. He is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. He owns 7% of Newscorp, the company that owns the Fox Network and Fox News. He is Newscorp's second largest stockholder; Murdoch, of course, is the largest.
Alwaleed is a prince in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. You've heard of Saudi Arabia, right? That's the country that was home to Osama bin Laden, and 15 of the 19 airline hijackers in the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
The same Newscorp contributed one million dollars to the Republican Governors Association in June, 2010. The means that Murdoch and Alwaleed effectively own the Republican Party; this was the largest-ever contribution the Republican Governors Association. Click here to view an explanation by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.
Why, then, are we hearing so much from Fox News and the Republican Party about the Cordoba Center, the proposed community centre at the former location of the Burlington Coat Factory in Lower Manhattan?
I'll answer that question shortly, but I'll ask one more question first; what sort of values are taught by television programs on the Fox Network such as "The Family Guy" and "Lone Star"? Christian values? American values? Conservative values? Of course not. Republican values? If you're talking about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, maybe. If you're talking about former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig or former Florida Rep. Mark Foley (to give just two examples), probably not.
Getting back to my previous question, you wouldn't expect Murdoch and Alwaleed to care about the First Amendment to the Constitution of the US. Murdoch is Australian, and Alwaleed is a prince in a country where religious freedom is literally a foreign concept.
Alwaleed, however, certainly cares whether you continue to fill your car's tank with gasoline made from oil from Saudi Arabia. So do lots of Republicans, including the Bush family.
Other than that, however, you can take this to the bank: Murdoch and Alwaleed don't care about you. Neither do any of their employees; Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, Crowley, Palin, Hannity, you name them. The only thing these people care about is themselves. They worship money. If you worship something else, they are laughing at you behind your back.