George Soros was on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS today where he replied to Glenn Beck’s allegations that he is the puppet master behind the media and the government. Soros said, “What he is doing. He is projecting what Fox, what Rupert Murdoch is doing. Because he has a media empire that is telling the people some falsehoods and leading the government in the wrong direction.”
Here is the video from Media Matters:
After playing a clip of one of Beck’s attacks on Soros, Fareed Zakaria asked for his reaction, “Well I would be amused if people saw the joke in it. What he is doing. He is projecting what Fox, what Rupert Murdoch is doing. Because he has a media empire that is telling the people some falsehoods and leading the government in the wrong direction, but by accusing me of doing that it is very hard to see that he is working for the man who is actually doing that which is Fox News.”
Soros said that Fox News is using the methods of George Orwell, “Well, look Fox News makes a habit. It has imported the methods of George Orwell. You know, news speak, where you can tell the people falsehoods and deceive them, and you wouldn’t believe that an open society, a democracy these methods can succeed. But actually they did succeed. They succeeded in Germany where the Weimer Republic collapsed and you had a Nazi regime follow it. So this is a very very dangerous way of deceiving people, and I would like people to be aware they are being deceived.”
He urged the American people to wake up, “Now because I saw it as a child, I immediately react that way. But the people in America they are innocent. They haven’t had the experience, and I hope that they wake up now and realize that they are being deceived.”
In my view, Soros is absolutely 100% correct. Fox News has more influence on our government than any other media outlet. Watch C-SPAN for any length of time and you will see some congressional Republican using the language of Glenn Beck, or a talking point pushed by FNC. They even influence Democrats. Fox News got the Obama administration to fire Shirley Sherrod with their endless promotion of Breitbart’s doctored video.
Fox News is also the major force in shaping how the news is covered today. Once Fox News revealed that an opinionated news network was a license to print money, the way the media covered politics changed. The trickle down effect from the changed coverage, and misinformation of Fox News seeps into our public discourse around water coolers at work an evening dinner tables all across America.
Millions of Americans are being deceived every day, and we have a duty not to let that deception go unchallenged. The easy thing that many on the left have chosen to do is to ignore or mock Fox News, but by taking this path they are leaving Fox News’ message and misinformation unchallenged in the minds of the American people.
They don’t understand that Fox influences the way policy discussions are held in this country. Policy can’t be discussed until everyone agrees on the problem being addressed. Fox News makes sure that there can be no basic consensus on facts, which results in there being no unity in public policy.
Fox News can’t be ignored. Debunking the Orwellian misinformation of Fox News is not an intellectually empty pursuit. It takes more skill and persistence to counter both the misinformation and the emotional manipulations of Fox News than to write a policy paper on any domestic or foreign issue. I should know. I’ve spent years of my life doing both.
Soros expressed a hope that someday the American people will wake up, but it has been almost 15 years and Sleeping Beauty is still locked her slumber of Fox News anesthesia, but until America awakens the battle for the truth marches on.