Sam Gustin finds irony in the fact that the Rupert Murdoch propaganda empire, which has done so much to stir up anti-Muslim hatred over Cordoba House, has a Saudi prince as its second-largest shareholder.
There may be irony from the Fox News viewpoint, but there’s no reason to think that opposition to the project is personally offensive to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Wahhabis have always hated Sufis, and of course nothing could be more foreign to Saudi Arabian values than the notion that minority religions have rights that the religious majority needs to consider.
Footnote Still, it’s amusing to imagine how much fun Fox News, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Pam Geller, et al. would be having if it turned out that CBS News was partly Saudi-owned. Some politician getting a hard time from a Fox reporter should try answering, “Did Prince Alwaleed approve that question?”
Personally, while I’m (barely) willing to believe that the Bush and Obama administrations were wise to accept the Saudi change of posture after 9/11, I’m not entirely willing to forget that the House of Saud – unlike, for example, Imam Rauf or Saddam Hussein – was in fact complicit in the mass murder that happened on September 11, 2001.
Update A commenter points out, correctly, that a charity controlled by Prince Alwaleed actually gave money to Cordoba House. As Pam Geller has no doubt said more than once, “Them A-rabs is tricky.”