Somehow, it doesn’t seem fair that a media giant like Fox News, and one of its super stars (Glen Beck) is allowed to go to such lengths to publicly trash a man’s reputation without fear of consequences. While the one being set upon (George Soros) by media wolves is left defenseless with no equal air-time for his views unless he pays for it himself. Beck is a master at what he does, and he used his considerable skill in an all-out effort to paint George Soros with the nasty brush of innuendo.
Being a teenager in the days of the holocaust, the childhood of George Soros wasn’t an easy one. Forced to deny his own heritage just to stay alive among people hungry for Jewish blood was a hard necessity, not a desire, and yet Beck wasn’t willing to let it go at that. Could it be that politics and money are the real issue here and not the past?
Beck was very careful not to say anything that would get him sued, but nonetheless, outright lies whether spoken or inferred are still lies. The thing about lying is that the more public a life one has, the less chance you have of covering mistakes, and Beck should have known better. The only speck of truth in the entire 3-hour program was that “The World According to Soros” was printed in the The New Yorker. Dragging a man through the coals as Beck did George Soros by manipulating information to suit his story, well, that should have been forbidden by Fox instead of encouraged. But then, doing that wouldn’t have made a story worth 3-hours of air time.
In 1956 Soros took a job on Wall Street and put his talent for making money to use. George Soros made a billionaire of himself through currency and stock speculation then proceeded to fund civil movements in the Soviet bloc. It is said that as a private citizen, George Soros has done more than anyone to eradicate communism and his love of democracy continues to show in his efforts to help democratic causes all over the world. Yet none of this was mentioned in Beck’s program, and one has to wonder, why not?
After Beck’s program aired, many stepped forward to denounce it, and among them was the Anti-Defamation League. When an organization like that steps forward to complain, it makes one wonder. What were Beck and Fox thinking, did they do any research at all before they drafted the script for the special? Or, didn’t they think they needed to at least stay close to the truth? Apparently not. Maybe now Fox and Beck both realize that skipping the research didn’t do their reputations a lot of good.
It may have upped the ratings for one night, but when the truth comes out in a situation like this, all it does is make people angry at being misdirected.