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Rhetoric of Defamation on George Soros

On November 9, 2010, Fox News aired an hour-long smear-campaign special on the “Glenn Beck” show , titled “The Puppet Master”, focusing on Hungarian-American hedge fund investor and philanthropist George Soros. For the next two days, Glenn Beck with his melodramatic flair continued developing his conspiracy theories about the financier trying to literally take over the world.

George Soros was born in Budapest in 1930. He grew up in the middle of the World War II chaos that affected millions of people. His family hid their Jewish identity using false documents to survive the Nazis on Biography, the nationalists, and the Fascists. As a teenager, he experienced Communist tyranny. In 1947, he immigrated to England to study at the London School of Economics. After graduating with a degree in Economics, he struggled for a few years before finding his job on Wall Street in 1956. He had a genius for financial markets, and he started to earn his wealth as a financier. By 2010, he was no. 35 on the Forbes list of richest people in the world. Since earning his wealth, Soros has contributed to a myriad of philanthropist causes. However, his biggest contribution was helping fund pro-democracy initiatives in Poland, Serbia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, and Macedonia. He played a historically significant role to bring down communism. In recent years in the United States, he has supported the Democratic Party through contributing millions to its presidential candidates.

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Beck’s TV special takes the information from the real life of Soros and twists it into a cornucopia of evil intentions. Beck portrays the financier as an “Omnipotent God” like figure who is tied to some globalist secret society and can bring down governments at will. The portrayal is all too familiar. It has the resonance of Anti-Semitic echoes that reverberate through the extreme right wing rhetorics of Eastern Europe on opensocietyfoundations.org. Beck’s narrative goes further to imply that George Soros enjoyed the Holocaust, and the hedge fund investor himself is an Anti-Semite. The absurdities of Beck’s claim has brought denouncements from “The Anti-Defamation League”, the neoconservative “Commentary” magazine, and libertarian “Reason” establishment.

Beck’s thesis is that the United States of America is the next target of George Soros. The financier is supposedly planning a coup of the American government using minions of politicians, media, and philanthropic outlets. It will lead to a catastrophic financial meltdown to solely profit George Soros. The meltdown is illustrated with a table decorated with a can of corn, a loaf of wheat bread, a box of sugar, and a container of coffee. Beck picks up these items one by one and talks about the coming inflation from the global takeover of America. He asks the audience to imagine a “price tag on a loaf of wheat bread of 23 dollars and 5 cents”. He uses snake oil salesmanship to rile up the emotions of his audience.

The rhetoric of Beck’s presentation is outright dangerous. He uses the “entertainer” excuse to spread information to his large audience who might construe it for fact-based reporting. It can have far-reaching consequences in the political discourse of Today’s America.