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Last January, we told you about—
Hold on. Can we tell you about how much we hate it when websites pull that passive-aggressive evening news “we told you about” shit? Especially respectable websites like TPM, which should be above that sort of fucking annoying self-promotion? We get it. You reported the story. You probably weren’t even the first to report the story. Even if you were, somebody else may have told us about it. It’s not like we’re still growing up in a town with one newspaper, two TV stations, and no cable. And if the sad local afternoon cartoon host didn’t tell us about it, we didn’t hear about it anyway.
But we digress.
As we started to tell you above, last January we told you about Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud, whom ThinkProgress told us had just bought a seven-percent chunk of News Corporation, home of fine animated adult sitcoms like The Simpsons and Family Guy, and also fine animated adults like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly. (If you freeze the frame during Beck, you can see a really naughty joke the Koreans slipped in.) It was only a matter of time, we
Yes. Mused. We do that. Drives the neighbors nuts.
Jesus, you’re judgmental.
Speaking of Jesus, that’s what we mused about: How long would it take the friendly Fox demagogues to notice who was signing their paychecks? How long would it take Ned Beatty to call them into the executive suite for a Come-to-Jesus Moment? Or how long would it take somebody else to notice that somebody in the executive suite doesn’t come to Jesus?
We’re not quite there, but we’re getting vewy cwose.
WorldNetDaily, taking a break from its pissing match with Ann Coulter (never bet against Ann Coulter, who has distance and precision), followed the money on Monday:
The Fox News connection to Ground Zero mosque
The Saudi prince whose post-9/11 relief check was rejected by former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani has found a more willing recipient in the city for his millions: the head of the Ground Zero mosque project.
The same Saudi potentate, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, owns the biggest chunk of the parent company of the Fox News Channel outside of the Murdoch family.
Former Bush advisers have similar ties to the prince and the proposed mega-mosque in Manhattan, which may explain why they’ve asked Republicans to soften their opposition to it.
And, as the Daily Show noticed, the Fox morning zoo pulled off the neat trick Monday of demonizing their paymaster without mentioning his name. (We vote Evil, in case you’re wondering.)
But WND and the Daily Show can be easily dismissed by Fox as cranks and comics. (Or comics and cranks, depending on your mood.) We’re looking for the theme to be picked up by Mainstream Wingnuts (MSW), but we haven’t yet seen it in the wild.
Your move, bigots. Don’t make us accuse you of selling out to the Saudis.
By which we mean, of course, please do.