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.”
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.”