By Brad Friedman on 11/19/2004, 12:54pm PT  

Our friend Pam, at her simmering "House Blend" asks an astute question --- though one for which the answer is likely self-obvious to any Reality-Based Americans.

She wonders why it is that a Saudi Prince is protecting News Corp from a possible hostile take-over bid as reported in Wednesday's Financial Times:

Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, the billionaire Saudi investor, has vowed to block any hostile takeover bid for News Corp, throwing his support behind Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the US media group.
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Prince al-Waleed told the FT: The idea is that if the need arises, we will act to keep News Corp independent under the leadership of Mr Murdoch and convert our stock to a voting stake and take whatever additional stake is needed. He also supported Mr Murdoch's sons, Lachlan and James, who are deputy chief operating officer and chief executive of BSkyB respectively. I want to be sure Mr Murdoch and his family and the directors understand I'm ready to assist.

Follow the money. Ignore the sloganeering. Fox News and News Corp "support America" in the same way that George W. Bush "supports the troops".

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