murdochwalidSaudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal isn't backing Park51.
But Fox News viewers can't be blamed from thinking that Al Waleed—the second-largest investor in Fox parent News Corp., and longtime friend of owner Rupert Murdoch—might support the proposed Islamic community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan, two blocks from ground zero.
Fox News contributor Dan Senor described Al Waleed as a backer of "radical madrassas all over the world" during a "Fox & Friends" segment on Park51's funding. ("Daily Show" host Jon Stewart had previously mocked Senor and Fox's hosts for not mentioning that Al Waleed has $2 billion invested in their network's parent company.) Previously, Fox News host Glenn Beck even linked Al Waleed to the 9/11 attacks.
Despite such insinuations, Al Waleed hasn't spoken before on Park51. Now, in his first interview on the matter, Al Waleed told the New York Times that he doesn't think the controversial project is a good idea.
"I have been associated with this mosque in New York, but frankly speaking, I have nothing to do with it," Al Waleed said. "I'm not for putting that mosque there."Read More »from News Corp. backer says he doesn’t support Islamic center