Fox News has been fairly merciless in its criticism of the 'Ground Zero Mosque.' Commentators on the station consider the mosque to be dangerous and radical -- and they think that creating an Islamic center on the site is insensitive to the feelings of 9/11 survivors.
Correspondents on the network have also routinely been asking where the funding for the mosque is coming from. They have been implying that the money is coming from suspicious sources ... such as terrorists. But now, we learn that a man who has been funding the "Ground Zero Mosque" is the second largest shareholder of ... New Corp, Fox's parent company. Whoops. That's not good.
'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) has the whole scoop. Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has contributed more than $300,000 to the organization that is helping to build the 9/11 mosque. But Al-Waleed bin Talal also owns 7% percent of "News Corp." -- the parent company that controls Fox News. So when Fox asks where the funding is coming from -- well, it's coming from one of their main shareholders.
Jon Stewart and his team of reporters are annoyed and upset by all of this. Essentially, the whole time that Fox News has been attacking the mosque, they've also basically being paying for the mosque.
Stewart wants to know if Fox has been intentionally covering this up -- in the hopes that their viewers wouldn't notice. And he poses this question: Is Fox News "evil," or "stupid"?
What do you guys think? Is this a bad scandal? Does it affect the credibility of Fox News?