For someone who once described himself as “some kind of god” and said that makes him feel comfortable, the scrutiny of a new report that looks into his increasing influence over the messengers in today’s world probably won’t have a personal impact.
But whether it affects him or not, octogenarian billionaire George Soros’ funding of a media “monitor” that routinely attacks traditional and conservative media is becoming a focal point.
The report by Matthew Vadum, editor of Organization Trends, is scheduled to be released by the Capital Research Center in January.
“Like the protagonist in the classic Orson Welles movie ‘Citizen Kane,’ Soros can never have enough power. But unlike Charles Foster Kane, the haughty, imperious fictional media mogul, Soros views himself as much more than a mere leader,” the report says.
“With a straight face he told reporters, ‘It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out,'” Vadum continued, citing Soros’ comments from 1993.
It is the second major look at Soros since the election. The monthly Whistleblower magazine looked at the “evil emperor … the Empire’s shadowy and malevolent puppet-master” in its December issue.
The edition illuminated the heart and soul of the mysterious leftwing transformer of societies, revealing how he creates and financially sustains scores of influential and shockingly anti-American organizations, and seems dedicated to converting America into a European-style, government-controlled, socialist state.
Vadum’s report documents how for a long time Soros’ has been buying up media properties and funding “left-leaning” websites and groups, many of which try to keep their ties hidden.
Vadum cited Paul Steiger of Pro Publica, who told Investor’s Business Daily in 2009, “An unmitigated canard … one that has a goofy way of creeping into discourse from a variety of people who dislike something we have written – is that George Soros, the global billionaire, is behind our coverage. Soros has never given us a penny.”
However, Vadum’s report noted that Pro Publica’s website acknowledged that Soros’ Open Society Foundation is a donor.
The report also documents the extensive connections between Soros at the “fake media watchdog, Media Matters for America,” to which Soros recently donated $1 million.
Media Matters has a reputation, the report said, of having writers who “assiduously monitor Rush Limbaugh’s broadcasts, seethe over Andrew Breitbart’s latest expose, turn purple over Bill O’Reilly’s latest on-air editorial.”
“Soros’ donation to Media Matters suggests that intimidating journalists who dare to question his vision is now a top priority,” the report said. “Come down on the wrong side of an issue and risk being labeled ignorant or evil by the smear website.”
It was Soros himself who recently proclaimed himself a supporter of Media Matters as it works to “widely publicize” evidence regarding the challenge “Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse.”
“Media Matters is one of the few groups that attempts to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast,” the report quoted Soros saying.
Media Matters’ David Brock said his work load is large.
“‘In recent months, Fox has allowed Glenn Beck’s show to become an out-of-control vehicle for the potential incitement of domestic terrorism,’ he said. ‘George Soros, a philanthropist of the highest integrity, unfortunately knows first-hand what it’s like to be grotesquely caricatured and flatly lied about on Fox. Media Matters is grateful that he has decided to lend his voice,'” the report cited him saying.
But the work by the organization has been “vicious,” according to Vadum.
The report said that for “expressing his informed opinion” about the Tides Foundation, a pass-through for left-leaning wealthy to fund anonymously their favorite activities, Fox News host Glenn Beck was described by Media Matters senior fellow Eric Boehlert “as something approaching a murderer.”
The site blamed Beck even for attacks such as a San Francisco case in which a man was accused of planning to shoot up a Tides office, Vadum said.
“Is turnabout fair play? Recently a crazed shooter cited Media Matters as one of his inspirations,” Vadum wrote, referencing the Florida school board shooting by Clay Duke.
“Did Boehlert’s rants push Clay Duke to act? According to Boehlert’s own logic, Media Matters has blood on its hands,” he said.
Soros’ fingers and finances also are in the promotion of “left-wing” films such as “Better This World,” as well as projects at the Sundance Institute.
The report documents how Soros acquired 2.6 million shares of Time Warner in 2006, obtained the DreamWorks SKG film library in 2006 for $900 million and bought into India’s Reliance Entertainment in 2008.
He’s also helped finance various publishers and independent television and radio outlets.
Criticizing America is “all in a day’s work for George Soros,” the report said. “And now he’s trying to control the media in America.”
WND previously has reported on Soros’ apparent involvement in politics in Minnesota, where ex-comedian Al Franken won a U.S. Senate seat in 2008 in a hotly disputed recount.
Also, WND reported when a Soros group mapped out the strategy for Barack Obama, suggesting he govern by executive order for the next two years.
And among other issues, WND also reported when a Soros organization was linked to an effort to prevent observers from watching the 2010 election in Texas.
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