Remember the UAE, notorious for enslaving Bangledeshi boys as camel jockeys, support of Hamas? It was the UAE whose ministers and princes were hunting with Osama bin Laden, preventing the Clinton White House from taking a cruise missile shot at the jihad kingpin. It was the UAE that was one of three countries (Saudi Arabia and Pakistan) to recognize the Taliban. And it was the UAE's Dubai Ports World that was thwarted in a pre-tea-party populist uproar about these connections and more. (More than half of the 9/11 hijackers, including two UAE citizens, were deployed to the United States from Dubai.) The UAE is "not free" now, says Freedom House, and never has been.
What impact does the Islamization of News Corp. have on "fair and balanced" news stateside? I don't know. But when one of the big bosses is a Saudi prince, it doesn't exactly encourage reporters to doodle spoofs of the Danish Motoons on their notepads, let alone engage in "offensive," PC-busting debate in the news room or on the air.
Three: Regardless of cause or effect, the fact remains that in classifying Wilders as a fascist (Beck), denouncing his views as "extreme, radical and wrong" (Krauthammer), and slandering him as a "demagogue" (Kristol), Fox's opinion-leaders expressed themselves in terms that surely thrilled not just Murdoch's Islamic prince-cronies, but also the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). This is the organization driving the advance of sharia in the world, as, for example, at the United Nations, where it leads an endless campaign to outlaw all criticism of Islam -- such as Wilders' -- under the PC-sensitive rubric of banning "defamation of religion."
Now, one thing you don't want to do in this life is thrill the OIC, particularly on its smooth drive to extend sharia that is only now, according to OIC plan, unexpectedly blocked by Geert Wilders. And it certainly hurts to see Fox pushing in the wrong direction.