Executive Summary: George Soros: Godfather of the Left
The media often talk about left-wing billionaire George Soros ‚Äď especially his investments and his charity work. But those same news stories seldom give a complete picture of the man behind many of the liberal or ‚Äúprogressive‚ÄĚ organizations in the United States and around the world.
Soros has amassed monumental wealth ($20 billion according to Forbes), but he has used much of that money to underwrite political operations, liberal higher education and an international organization that makes him one of the most powerful and influential men in the world. It has also made him among the most hated, not that the U.S. news media report on that. In fact, the American media seldom tell anything about Soros‚Äôs problems abroad or his hard-left agenda here at home. Some of the low points all-but ignored by the media include his $3 million fine for insider trading in France and how he operates his ‚Äúown foreign policy‚ÄĚ that often goes against U.S. interests.
The Media Research Center‚Äôs Business and Media Institute has undertaken more than a year of investigation into George Soros, his business dealings, his political involvement and his extensive connections to the media. That investigation shows that much of the more than $8.5 billion Soros has given to charity has in turned been used to advocate for hardcore left-wing policies around the globe. Those findings include:
$400 Million to Manipulate Higher Education: Journalists who thought the Koch brothers were dominating college funding with a mere $7 million should check out Soros. He‚Äôs given more than 50 times more and even helped establish his own university, Central European University, which teaches his own bizarre political/social philosophy of ‚Äúopen society.‚ÄĚ
Global Scandals Largely Unreported: Soros has admitted to helping start revolutions, funding radicals and attacking national currencies. His insider trading conviction in France cost him $3 million and has been upheld by European courts repeatedly. His foundations have been opposed by nations around the globe, yet almost the only negative press he has received on ABC, CBS and NBC was linked to a sex scandal with a 28-year-old Brazilian actress.
Political Contributions to Most Major Liberal Politicians: Soros has personally funded some of the top names in America‚Äôs left from Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi. Soros donates hundreds of millions to politically active liberal organizations as well. He‚Äôs even given $500,000 to the allegedly neutral Center for Responsive Politics, which is the source for much of the information on political donations.
More Than Half a Billion Dollars to Finance the Left: George Soros aids hundreds of left-wing groups in America each year under the auspices of his Open Society Foundations. Since 2000, Soros has given more than $550 million to liberal organizations in the U.S., underwriting every major liberal initiative ‚Äď pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, pro-gay marriage, pro-drug legalization, pro-union, pro-government-funded media and even attacks against the concept of free elections and voting for judges.
The Business and Media Institute has several recommendations for news outlets on how they can improve their coverage of George Soros and his foundations.
Do Some Genuine Journalism and Investigate Soros: George Soros is the embodiment of media bias. While the American media obsess about almost any action of the libertarian Koch brothers, they all-but ignore his one-man quest for global power. Soros has given more than $8.5 billion to his Open Society Foundations, leaving an imprint on more than 70 nations. Any business, organization or individual with that kind of financing and international reach is ripe for investigation. It‚Äôs time journalists did some digging on their own.
Treat Public Figures Equally: If someone on the left squawks about Charles and David Koch, journalists from some major news organizations jump to write about it. But criticisms of Soros, his business practices and even his conviction seldom get noted by the media. Journalists should treat all public figures equally.
Don‚Äôt Ignore Soros Connections to Major News Events: Newspaper front pages are filled with protests, complaints and supposedly grassroots initiatives that are easily tied to Soros ‚Äď through the Center of American Progress and other entities he funds. But that connection is almost never made made. Journalists ignore obvious funding connections and sometimes don‚Äôt even check connections openly made on organizational websites. It‚Äôs the job of news to show when organizations are blatantly working together toward an end and to show the obvious ties these groups might share.