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Neil Cavuto Pulls a Chris Wallace on George Soros and Soros Blasts Both Him and Bill O'Reilly

Reported by Melanie - October 5, 2006 -

George Soros appeared on Your World today (October 5, 2006) in an "exclusive" interview that Cavuto touted repeatedly since late last week. I would love to know whether Cavuto's bookers told Soros that one of the topics Cavuto wanted to discuss was the amount of taxes Soros does or doesn't pay because when Cavuto brought that subject up, Soros refused to play and accused Cavuto of pulling an O'Reilly. The right will say Soros pulled a Bill Clinton and I say Cavuto pulled a Bill O'Reilly and a Chris Wallace.

Cavuto:

Here's what I'm asking about, alright? Your Quantum Fund is registered, actually, in the Netherland Antilles, so what I'm curious about is when you advocate that the well-to-do should pay more in taxes...

Soros:

Look, now...

Cavuto:

No. No. No. I'm just asking, please...

Soros:

That's not...

Cavuto:

Do you see where some would say 'wait a minute?!'

Soros:

No. No. No. Let me say two things. First of all, I pay taxes. My fund is in Curacao. The foreign shareholders don't pay taxes. I pay taxes on my income from that fund. My management company is located here. We pay taxes. [Raising his voice.] So this is a lie! A lie that I have seen in print and I have seen it repeated. The other thing is...

Cavuto:

So the taxes you pay in this country, are they at the 35% rate?

Soros, yelling:

I would like to discuss policy. You are now falling into the trap...

Cavuto:

No. No. No.

Soros, still yelling:

[T]hat your colleagues at Fox...

Cavuto:

No. No. No.

Soros, continuing to yell:

[W]ho shall remain nameless because I think they are so despicable I wouldn't want to mention their names...

Cavuto:

Mr. Soros. I don't think...

Soros, not yelling anymore:

I respect you. That's why I came here, alright?

Cavuto:

I don't think we need...

Soros:

No. No. So let's not get personal.

Cavuto:

What I'm asking you, what I'm asking you...

Soros:

Let's talk about policy.

Cavuto:

But no, because this is part and parcel of the same story...

Soros:

Yeah, the whole story...

Cavuto:

You, you...

Soros, speaking in a very determined voice:

Let your public find out who I really am, what I really stand for. I chose this country as my home, right, and I want this country to be worthy of the principles that have made it great and now we are losing those principles. We are being mislead. We need to correct it.

Cavuto:

You mentioned that, personalities at this network. You meant Bill O'Reilly?

Soros:

Of course I mean Bill O'Reilly, who I really consider despicable...

Cavuto:

You don't like him at all?

Soros:

No. I think he uses methods that I find unacceptable. That's why I wouldn't go on his show. I'm happy to be here but I have to stop you when you get personal.

Cavuto:

Well, the reason why, I mean, I read a lot of books and I love your book and I love Bill O'Reilly's book, Culture Warrior, because me made some pretty strong remarks about you Mr. Soros. He said, 'Soros is a smart, ruthless ideologue...

Soros:

Let me...

Cavuto:

[W]ho will stop at nothing to advance the secular progressive offensive.. He has no scruples, ethics or sense of fair play.' Lotta nasty things said about you. People have said that you're a daddy war bucks for drug legalization. That was a Democratic former HUD secretary, ah, former health secretary [Cavuto laughs], but does that bug you that no matter what good you try to do, people come back and say daddy war bucks with evil intentions?

Soros:

Look. That is actually what pushes me to stand up. You know, I supported people who stood up for freedom and democracy in countries like the Soviet Union and when I see that the principles of open society are undermined by people like O'Reilly, with his methods, then I feel that I've got to stand up. So the more he insults me, the more I will stand up against it because he is using a remarkable trick. You know, he's, he comes straight out of George Orwell who wrote a book, 1984, you know, Newspeak, that you say the opposite of what you mean.

Cavuto:

So, you're not a fan?

Soros:

No.

Cavuto:

If we were to offer, say, Factor Gear, you'd say no?

Soros laughed and Cavuto changed the subject to the economy.

Comment: Two things: I was very disappointed and concerned to hear that George Soros "trusts" Neil Cavuto. Neil Cavuto is in lock-step with Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity and Brit Hume and Chris Wallace (and Roger Ailes) but he is much more soft spoken and has passed under the radar for years. Still, his message is the same. Second, the reason I say that Cavuto "pulled a Chris Wallace" is because people like Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, and Steve Forbes are very, very, VERY regular guests on Your World. Steve Forbes is also a very regular guest on Fox's Saturday morning "business news" program, "Forbes on Fox," where he constantly champions lower taxes. In the two years I've monitored Cavuto, I have never heard him ask either of those men, or, for example, Mort Zuckerman, the editor of U.S. News & World Report, who was on earlier this week, what their tax bracket is.