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The New Yorker Takes On Glenn Beck Over Soros

Reported by Guest Blogger - November 30, 2010 -

By Aunty Em

The New Yorker, that librul bastion of real Journalism, has weighed in on the Glenn Beck smear of George Soros. Senior Editor Hendrik Hertzberg, a former speech writer for Jimmy Carter, that librul bastion of real presidents, is not a happy camper. His anger stems from the fact that in the Fox “News” adverts promoting the Soros take-down, Beck took a quote from a 1995 New Yorker story titled “The World According to Soros” by writer Connie Bruck (which Beck’s crack research team mislabeled “Bruc”), totally out of context.

Hertzberg writes:

Call us oversensitive, but when our efforts are shanghaied like a nineteenth-century sailor and forced to work as a deckhand aboard a ship of lies, we can’t help getting our hackles up. You don’t have to be a professional semiotician to see that the Glenn Beck promo is intended to leave the impression that George Soros, the hedge-fund investor and funder of anti-totalitarian and liberal causes, is an anti-Semite; that he was somehow complicit in the Holocaust; and that he is an enemy of Israel. These are lies—lies told by innuendo, but lies all the same. The promo’s shard of truth is that “The World According to Soros” was indeed published in The New Yorker. Its author was Connie Bruck. (“Bruc” is a Fox flub, not a Fox fib.) The quotes from it, though accurately transcribed, are made to function as lies by being placed in an utterly mendacious context. Bruck’s article is the “source” of these smears only in the sense that the brooks of the Catskills are the “source” of New York City’s sewage.

While linking Beck and “sewage” is almost a redundancy, The New Yorker article goes on to demolish Beck’s central points of his anti-Semitic screed: that Soros helped send Jews to the gas chambers in Nazi Hungary and brought down whole governments. Then it ends with an allusion to puppets and string-pulling:

Beck is often dismissed as an “entertainer”—the Rush Limbaugh excuse, calculated to make critics out to be stuffed shirts who can’t take a joke. Beck is nobody’s puppet, but he does have masters: Fox News and the News Corporation. Their respective chief executive officers, Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch, are the responsible—which is to say, irresponsible—parties. In an interview last week, Ailes had this to say about his National Public Radio counterparts: “They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism.” No wonder that, for Beck, there are no strings attached. There don’t have to be.

Please join News Hounds in demanding that Fox News fire Beck over his continued lies. You can contact them at glennbeck@foxnews.com or yourcomments@foxnews.com.

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