It’s not hard to figure out what it is about George Soros that attracts the ire of the conservative media pundits. Soros wasn’t born wealthy, instead he immigrated alone to England in 1956, where he sought an education. He attended the prestigious London School of Economics, where be developed a passion for finance. After completing his studies, he moved to New York, where he earned his money on Wall Street. He championed anti-communist causes, donating large sums of money to efforts aimed at defeating several communist bloc governments in eastern Europe on Forbes. After the fall of the Soviet Union he began to turn his attention to liberal and anti-fascist causes at home in the US. All of these facts would seem to paint picture of a conservative media darling.
But it wasn’t until he donated to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in 2008 that he earned the disdain of Fox News and the conservative radio clique.
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In November, 2010, Fox News bloviator Glenn Beck aired a series of 3 one-hour programs in which he railed against George Soros. He accused the investor of being anti-semitic. He claimed that Soros was actively working to manipulate the markets in the US so that he could reap enormous profits, of controlling the liberal elite and the media. On his radio program, he went so far as to accuse Soros of collaboration with the Nazis. Of the then 13 year old George Soros, Beck said “Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps.” Soros and his family actually hid from the Nazis using documents forged by Soros’ father, and there has never been any indication that Soros’ or his family collaborated with the Nazis.
Beck may have been the voice of those statements, but the direction, and responsibility, no doubt can be traced back to the recently ousted Roger Ailes, as well as Rupert Murdoch. Beck’s program has been positioned by Fox as “infotainment.” That means Ailes and Murdoch would have been given a great deal of editorial control. Control which they wouldn’t be able to wield on a newscast without losing credibility. Despite the Fox stance that pundits such as Beck and Sean Hannity are offered as entertainment, their programs are often presented as news broadcasts, an image reinforced by those in the conservative media, who often quote them as if their opinions were actual facts.
Yet through all these baseless attacks, innuendos, and outright lies, George Soros remains positive and upbeat. He continues to donate to liberal causes and candidates.
It’s clear that Soros will continue to be a favorite target of the conservative media, but it’s equally clear that he will continue to rise above the despicable attacks on him by the fact-immune talking heads such as Glenn Beck. George Soros has taken to heart one of the single most important lessons one learns about social media: don’t feed the trolls.
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