In 2010, The New York Times reported a story entitled “Puppetry.” The article was written by a well-known American liberal journalist, Hendrik Hertzberg. He has been a writer for some time with this newspaper, and he is known as a principal political commentator for the newspaper. He is well known as the person who wrote speeches for President Jimmy Carter too. So, it’s fair to say that when he writes, the people listen. His article was regarding a recent commercial aired on Fox News. The program was to tear down and destroy George Soros on Reason. It claimed that his mother had made anti-Semitic comments and was ashamed of her Jewish heritage. The scandalous lies and half-truths only continued in the 30-second clip.
The piece showed people from the 1930’s era, who were presumed to be Jews, running around with prayer shawls. It showed an older, grim-faced man was saying that he doesn’t deny the Jews the right to have a national existence, but he didn’t want to be a part of it. At the end of the clip, it credited “The World According to Soros.” The piece was quite disturbing and a promo for Glenn Beck, a fellow hedge fund investor. Its design was to leave the impression that Soros is anti-Semitic and complicit in the Holocaust. It really portrayed that he is an enemy of Israel, which couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, the only truth about the whole clip was that there was an article once posted by a Connie Bruck entitled “The World According to George Soros.” However, it had nothing to do with the matter at hand.
Soros was born in Hungry in 1930. He spent his boyhood in Budapest. Much of it was trying to hide from the Nazis while being in plain sight. To make it, the Soros’ father gave the family fake identities and had forged documents created on newyorker.com. It wasn’t out of the shamefulness of their heritage, but it was mostly for survival. Living under that type of Communist dictatorship does something to a person. When he was finally able to leave Hungry, he moved to England to study at the University. Soros later moved to New York City, and in 1956, he found his love of the financial world by taking a job on Wall Street.
Eventually, his parents came to New York as refugees. By this time his parents came to the States, George Soros had already found wealth. He was listed on the Forbes listed as the 35th richest person in the world. He became a billionaire and helped his parents, but he also reached out through many other humanitarian efforts. This article did nothing but try to put the sufferings of Soros past in a whole new spin. It wasn’t bad enough that he lived in fear for most of his childhood, but Soros also was pinned with anti-Semitic terms that were false. Fox News should have never shown such a harmful and outright slanderous piece on their station.