George Soros is in Glenn Beck’s cross-hairs

By Laurie Bennett

November 12, 2010 at 8:16am

Of the hundreds of thousands of people we profile on Muckety, George Soros is one of the most popular with our users.

“Popular” is probably the wrong word. We suspect that many people who explore the connections of the Wall Street speculator do so because they believe Glenn Beck, who calls Soros a “puppet master” plotting to “bring America to her knees.”

As The New York Times reports, Fox is standing by its man, despite his description of the financier-philanthropist as a “Jewish boy helping sending the Jews to the death camps.”

The Anti-Defamation League criticized Beck’s remarks as “completely inappropriate and offensive.”

Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL’s national director, said, “For a political commentator or entertainer to have the audacity to say – inaccurately – that there’s a Jewish boy sending Jews to death camps, as part of a broader assault on Mr. Soros, that’s horrific.”

George Soros
George Soros

Soros, who has to be used to controversy by now, has not responded publicly. He was 9 years old and living in Hungary when World War II began.

In a profile published six years ago in the New Yorker, he told writer Jane Mayer that his father sold identity papers to some Jewish families, and helped others for free.

“I was lucky to have a father who understood that this was not normalcy, and if you go by the normal rules you are going to die,” he said then. “Many Jews did not take evasive action. My family did. What I learned during the war is that sometimes you can lose everything, even your life, by not taking risks.”

His ability to take big risks, most notably his bets on the decline of the British pound in the 1990s, has led him to his perch as No. 35 on the Forbes billionaire list.

How he spends his money of course riles Beck and his followers.

Soros has poured cash into the presidential campaigns of Democratic candidates, including that of Barack Obama. His Open Society Institute funnels contributions to many liberal causes, such as the Center for American Progress and the Tides Foundation.

The founder of the Tides Foundation, Drummond Pike, wrote to companies last month asking that they stop advertising on Fox because of Beck’s inflammatory rhetoric.

His call for the boycott came just months after the California Highway Patrol stopped a gunman on his way to kill workers at the Tides Foundation and the ACLU. The man, who fired upon the officers, later gave jailhouse interviews in which he described being an avid Beck fan.

“I would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there,” he said in an interview published by Media Matters. “And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind.”

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  • #1.   sam lumia 11.12.2010

    Why isn’t more media outlets covering this story? Is it true or not?

  • #2.   summersun 11.13.2010

    I guess you did not look at the map up above he’s buying up the media….

  • #3.   Peter 11.15.2010

    Thank you but NO to any new World ‘order’ engineered by Soros under the ‘protection’ of China, and globally revealed, but thankfully spearheaded, by his now failing current champion (Obama?).

    Enough of George Soros polluting every society with adversity and conflict purely as toys and fun satisfying his megalomaniacal philosophies. Seemingly all Soros really learned from WW2 was that Hitler had it right but did it wrong - and in so doing forgot to adequately safeguard his personal interests and survival.

    Enough of globally-minded despots and demagogues thriving on the labours, sacrifices and misfortunes of all before them, lavishly rewarding only select, fearful minions squabbling for leftovers before the scraps are fed to gullible, overawed populations.

    What threatens Soros about a diversity of nature and the self-endeavour of each and every individual, race, culture and nation to reveal own initiatives and resources for preferred ways of life, while bestowing accountable leadership through merit? Supporting other’s needs, desires or misfortunes are then merely choices of benevolence or selfishness, and consequent responsibility dependent on volition, rather than demand or force for external interests.

    Surely, diluting successful societies with another’s shortcomings and misfortunes only debases all? Imposed, unfettered migration exemplifies this – but Soros also openly promotes this as a universal way for one to control all. Why?

    Instead of wasting his billions to achieve nothing but turmoil and suffering across the globe before any more of his puerility and senility, Soros should consider a more worthwhile legacy from his years than just a global subversion from the UN down pursuing his personal ideologies. Why not simply be remembered for first helping a continent, Africa, to solve its own chaos and tragedies after long ridding itself of a colonial order – but then relying on his self-serving, despotic power-politics and disorder as alternative rules du jour?

    After 30 odd years of these failures, there is still no end in sight for the Dark Continent, which has more than proven to all they never work. But, because he was also integral in initiating such myopic destructive philosophies for Africa with his consistent undermining of true citizen-run governments, the very least he can now do is desist from besmirching the most successful asylum country which homed and made him, despite all his failed guises.

    If he’s seeking honour rather than notoriety, Soros can thus focus on relieving his own benevolent country’s huge aid programmes to Africa, simply by throwing all his own money at reversing the devastation of his philosophies and contributions there to date. We might then begin to forgive him for trying to destroy the America ‘We The People’ know how to rule.

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