Given Glenn Beck's passion for finding hidden connections -- no matter how trivial or tangential -- it failed him big time tonight on his Fox News show. He apparently did not realize, as Think Progress noted, that the Saudi prince he attacked tonight, Al-Waleed bin Talal, is the largest stakeholder in News Corp outside the Murdoch family. Beck referenced the aid Al-Waleed offered the United States after 9-11 and said, “You already sent us help. And you flew that help into the trade centers.”
Beck was defending Israel over the flotilla situation by creating a hypothetical example of Saudi Arabia seeking to park a boat full of its citizens on the Hudson River in the days after 9-11. (Yes, it was as stupid as it sounds.) Beck said the U.S. would be “insane not to” act as Israel did toward the hypothetical Saudi Arabian boat. He then said:
Didn't we almost do that? Do you remember what happened after 9/11 with Rudy Giuliani?
Saudi Arabia came and said we want to help. This guy [Al-Waleed] came over and said I want to give you a $10 million check. Rudy Giuliani said you see that over there? I don't think we want your help. You already sent us help. And you flew that help into the trade centers.
The same prince later blamed policy for the attacks. Giuliani said take your check. We don't want your money.
Oh to read the internal memos flying around at News Corp right now...