June 06, 2004

On FOX, Tony Blankley called Soros "a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust"

When Hillary Clinton, then First Lady, denounced the "vast reich-wing conspiracy" behind the ceaseless attempt at political assassination that US President Bill Clinton survived and in the end overcame during his two terms in the White House, the "US mainstream news media" ridiculed her mercilessly. It was an example of why elected officials and candidates for high office (or their spouses) rarely speak the naked truth in public in America. Of course, Hillary was right. (Al Gore is free of that constraint now.) The existence of the "vast reich-wing conspiracy" was documented by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons in The Hunting of the President, as well as Sidney Blumenthal in The Clinton Wars, and corroborated from the inside by David Block in his Blinded By The Right. Richard Scaife, a reich-wing billionaire industrialist, bankrolled much of the conspiracy's vile activities. Well, the Progressive movement has learned from the painful experiences of the 1990s and the disaster of 2000. George Soros, a billionaire with a very different world-view, has dedicated himself to removing the incredible shrinking _resident from power in the 2004 election. He has provided financing for many powerful voices (e.g. Amy Goodman's Democracy Now!) and many vital initiatives (e.g. Harold Ickes' Media Fund), and has spoken out personally and publicly on the danger that confronts the US, the UN and the world if the Bush cabal is allowed to widen and lengthen its road to Hell. Well, the "vast reich-wing conspiracy" is going after Soros. All of their lackeys, from O'Reilly to Blakely, are on message, and the message is twisted, sick, deceiftul, destructive, AND, of course, it is carried without caveat or qualification (e.g. using the opportunity to introduce Scaife to the US electorate by comparing his "good works" to those of Soros, equating the two and letting America decide which "philanthopist" it is most attuned with) by the SeeNotNews and the "US mainstream news media," which is of course to a great extent nothing more than, in a language of thuggery, a "bitch" "owned" by the "vast reich-wing conspiracy." David Brock's marvelous new web site, www.mediamatters.org is doing a great job at chronicling it all. (Brock is also waging a information operation against Rush Limbaugh on www.mediamatters.com, and when that Goebbels-like sicko is finally unplugged from the microphone, it will be in large part the work of David Brock.)
NOTE: If you want to know more about the real Soros, including a wonderful interview with Bill Moyers, use the LNS searchable database at www.mindspace.org\liberation-news-service\)


www.mediamatters.com: On Hannity & Colmes on June 3, Washington Times editorial page editor Tony Blankley joined the show's co-host Sean Hannity and other right-wing pundits in attacking financier, philanthropist, and political activist George Soros. Blankley's attacks on Soros included calling Soros a "left-wing crank," "a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust," "a robber baron," "a pirate capitalist," and "a reckless man." As Media Matters for America reported on June 4, attacking Soros as a means of discrediting Senator John Kerry has become a key strategy of the Republican National Committee.

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On FOX, Tony Blankley called Soros "a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust"

On Hannity & Colmes on June 3, Washington Times editorial page editor Tony Blankley joined the show's co-host Sean Hannity and other right-wing pundits in attacking financier, philanthropist, and political activist George Soros. Blankley's attacks on Soros included calling Soros a "left-wing crank," "a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust," "a robber baron," "a pirate capitalist," and "a reckless man." As Media Matters for America reported on June 4, attacking Soros as a means of discrediting Senator John Kerry has become a key strategy of the Republican National Committee.

From the June 3 edition of FOX News Channel's Hannity & Colmes:

HANNITY: George Soros, who is described by some as "Daddy Warbucks" of the Democratic Party, was introduced by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at an event in Washington, and he compared the prison abuse pictures in Iraq to the attacks of 9/11.

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BLANKLEY: Look, if he wasn't a multi-billionaire, he'd just be another ignored left-wing crank, but we all tend to pay more attention to people who have several billion dollars.

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BLANKLEY: This is a man who has blamed the Jews for anti-Semitism. ... This is a man who, when he was plundering the world's currencies, in England in '92, he caused the Southeast Asian financial crisis in '97 --

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BLANKLEY: He said that he has no moral responsibility for the consequences of his financial actions. He is a self-admitted atheist, he was a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust.

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BLANKLEY: When a man is worth this kind of money, and he's spending it on trying to influence the American public in an election, trying to buy the election, he's not going to, we have a right to know what kind of an unscrupulous man he is.

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BLANKLEY: He's buying influence all over the world. He's a robber baron, he's a pirate capitalist, and he's a reckless man.

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BLANKLEY: He supported abortion in Eastern Europe, in a country that's losing population, he's a self-admitted atheist, I think he's a very bad influence in the world. He's entitled to spend his money, and the public is entitled to know what kind of a man he is.

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HANNITY: Tony, I think you're right. He is trying to buy the election, we have a right to know who he is, and the Democrats who support him are only doing it for money.

A.S.

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