In the past, George Soros has attracted criticisms for his conducts during the Nazi occupation of Hungary. Most of these criticisms have always been side talks and indirect attacks. However, Glenn Beck mounted one of the most renowned attacks on the self-made billionaire. The program was aired on Fox News. It was promoted by 30-seconds long promos. These promos caused many people to question the motives of the program.
For Hendrik Hertzberg, the fact that the Glenn Beck program was aired on Fox News was not a surprise at all. In the past, the cable-news network has aired similar programs on project-syndicate.org. The difference is that these programs have been against institutions, but not individuals. It is repulsive that the highest rated news channel could use its biggest star to attack and soil the name of one of the most prominent individuals in America.
The program was aimed at painting the hedge-fund investor as an anti-Semitic. More troubling is the attempt that Beck made to paint George Soros as a complicit in the Holocaust and an enemy of Israel. These attempts were made regardless of the overwhelming evidence that the founder of anti-totalitarian and liberal causes is the exact opposite of what Beck claimed.
In addition, Hendrik pointed out at the news network’s failure to base their claims in facts. They based their arguments on an article published by Connie Bruck. It is well known that Bruck is a Fox fib and his article, “The World According to Soros,” has been made to maliciously put Soros’ words in the wrong contexts.
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Soros was born in Budapest in 1930 to a Jewish family. Before he was 10 years old, the Nazis occupied and ruled Hungary until the collapse of the Nazi regime in 1945. As a Jewish boy, Soros was in a constant threat of being sent to the concentration camps by the Nazis on politico.com. Knowing the threat that his family faced, Soros’ father managed to disguise his family using fake identities and forged documents. In 1947, the young Soros immigrated to England where he joined the London School of Economics.
Following the failed Hungarian Revolution, Soros’ parents moved to the New York City and were joined by Soros in 1956. The graduate in economics soon joined the Wall Street as a trader. He quickly made a fortune. With the billions that he made from stocks and currency speculations, Soros began to support civil societies that were fighting to end communism in Europe. Through his Open Society Foundations, Soros contributed to the fall of communism and founding of democracy in many European countries. He is also known for his support for pro-democratic initiatives in Burma.
In addition to his Open Society Foundations’ efforts, Soros has also been known for his generous donations towards liberal causes in the United States. Soros has spent millions of dollars to support presidential candidates such as John Kerry, Barrack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Such efforts are not in line with the false claims that Glenn Beck has been making in his program against the billionaire. Soros is neither anti-Semitic nor pro-totalitarian.