FOX, Please Fire Glenn Beck.

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I was first alerted to this story by my blog friend David Schraub. Here’s more from The Daily Newsweek… er, I mean The Daily Beast (it was just announced that they had bought out Newsweek this morning). I watched some of the video of the Glenn Beck Show called “The Puppet Master” (hint, the movie with Donald Sutherland is a better watch, and parts of it were filmed right here in Fresno – the strange building is actually Fresno’s gaudy City Hall), which does a great job of demonizing George Soros. It’s a classic throw-everything-including-the-kitchen-sink-at-the-wall-and-see-what- sticks type of effort, including taking a bazillion quotes completely out of context, which, apparently, is only bad when liberals do that against conservatives.

Before I continue, I would like to note that the transcripts from this show are not complete and the part that will be quotes is not yet on the official show transcript.

At about five minutes in,  here is what Beck says about Soros:

“[When he was] 14 years old, he had to help the government confiscate the land of his fellow Jewish friends neighbors. He didn’t grow up in a very Jewish household. His mother was a strong anti-Semite — his words, not mine — but when he had to go over and take the lands from the people…who were being sent to the gas chambers, I can’t imagine what that would do to a teenager, anybody, an adult. Well, what did it do to George Soros? In an interview with Steve Kroft, Soros was asked if he felt guilt at all about taking the property from the Jews as a teenager. He responded, ‘no.’ He also said, ‘I don’t deny the Jews their right to a national existence, but I don’t want to be a part of it.'”

The last quote is from God-know-where  and is completely meaningless without context. I hate this kind of simple-minded attack. You have no way to defend it because you don’t know what the quote is actually referring to. Here is the full quote from the Kroft interview:

KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes.

KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

KROFT: I mean, that’s–that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

Mr. SOROS: Not–not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t–you don’t see the connection. But it was–it created no–no problem at all.

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

Mr. SOROS: No.

KROFT: For example that, ‘I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.’ None of that?

Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c–I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that was–well, actually, in a funny way, it’s just like in markets–that if I weren’t there–of course, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else would–would–would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the–whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the–I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.

Get that? He did not take anything from anybody. Here is what Soros biographer Michael Kaufman writes (pg 37) of the accusation that arises from the 1998 60 minutes interview:

While he was living with Baumbach as Sandor Kiss, an event occurred that more than a half a century later would become the basis of charges that George Soros, the international financier and billionaire, had somehow collaborated with the Nazi occupiers of his homeland and had exploited his fellow Jews. The issue was raised in a bizarre television profile and interview of Soros aired on the CBS television program 60 Minutes in December of 1998. In the segment, Steve Kroft, the interviewer, noted with prosecutorial gusto that George’s father had “bribed a government official to swear that you were his godson,” and added that this survival strategy “carried a heavy price tag.” For, he continued, “as hundreds of thousands of Jews were being shipped off to the Nazi death camps, a thirteen-year-old George Soros accompanied his phony godfather on his rounds, confiscating property from the Jews.” Visibly dumbfounded by the line of questioning, Soros could only manage to say that he had no role in the seizure of property and was merely a spectator. To underscore Kroft’s point, film footage showed masses of Hungarian Jews being led away at gunpoint.

This is what actually happened. Shortly after George went to live with Baumbach, the man was assigned to take inventory on the vast estate of Mor Kornfeld, an extremely wealthy aristocrat of Jewish origin. The Kornfeld family had the wealth, wisdom, and connections to be able to leave some of its belongings behind in exchange for permission to make their way to Lisbon. Baumbach was ordered to go to the Kornfeld estate and inventory the artworks, furnishings, and other property. Rather than leave his “godson” behind in Budapest for three days, he took the boy with him. As Baumbach itemized the material, George walked around the grounds and spent time with Kornfeld’s staff. It was his first visit to such a mansion, and the first time he rode a horse. He collaborated with no one and he paid attention to what he understood to be his primary responsibility: making sure that no one doubted that he was Sandor Kiss. Among his practical concerns was to make sure that no one saw him pee.

As a 14 year old, who’s main purpose was to stay alive, who didn’t do what Beck is accusing, why should he feel any guilt? It’s absurd! Searching the internet for other accounts of the “Nazi collaborator” charges, there appears to be no other source that verifies this vile accusation except for the one, apparently very sloppily done Kroft interview. Anyone else see the irony of Beck being perfectly happy to use the crappy work of “The Lame-Stream Media”, as his soul-mate Sarah Palin puts it, to assassinate the character of a political opponent?

Note also, that Beck vilifies Soros for helping to fund the movements that led to both the Velvet and Orange revolutions, which overthrew Russian becked authoritarian regimes.  Uhm… I thought that was a good thing???

I’m not a Soros fan by any means, but my God, Beck is a moron. From what I’ve read, the big-wigs at FOX are none too pleased with a lot of the dreck Beck airs on his show. I wonder if this will be the excuse they use to finally yank him off the air?

UPDATE: Nope. So far, FOX is sticking by their man.

SIDEBAR: Ignoring that one disgusting factual error and twisting of a quote. I do find it interesting that, of the three hours Beck has devoted to “exposing” Soros, this is the only thing that liberals are foaming at the mouth about. I watched some of it, and found many contradictions… it’s a classic entertainment hit piece, throwing everything and the kitchen sink at you without really putting anything in context… but, of all the accusations, this is the only thing you guys attack?

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Not only do I hear similar thoughts from other physicians, but I find it almost impossible to find a physician that is enthusiastic about the pending reforms.

Hat Tip: Insta-P