Billionaire financier George Soros blasted Fox News, Glenn Beck and Rupert Murdoch Sunday in a CNN interview, likening them to Nazis or the fictitious “Big Brother” of George Orwell for what he described as manipulation of the public. He also suggested that the tea party movement was deluded and should be pitied because they don’t “understand” the economic forces at work in the United States, according to CNN.
Last year, Soros donated $1 million to the liberal media analysis group Media Matters, which devotes much of its work to attacking Fox. For years, the group had denied being secretly funded by Soros, who stressed that this was his first ever donation to the group.
Soros took his shots on Sunday’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN, accusing Murdoch of using Fox News and his media empire to change the direction of government. He reacted to Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck’s assertion that there is a “shadow government” with puppets and puppet masters, and Soros is pulling the strings.
“Well, I would be amused if people saw the joke in it, because 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 mis – and leading the government in the wrong direction,” Soros said. “But, you know, by accusing me of doing that, it’s kind of – it makes it rather hard to see that it’s really – he is working for the man who is doing it which is Fox News.”
“Fox News makes a habit – it has imported the methods of George Orwell, you know, newspeak, where you can tell the people falsehoods and deceive them,” Soros said. “…They succeeded in – in Germany, where the Weimar 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 that they are being deceived. Now, I – 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. They’re having the experience now. And I hope they wake up and they realize that they are being deceived.”
Zakaria asked Soros about his thoughts of the tea party.
“Look, I think the people in the tea party are very decent people, hard-working. They have been hit by a force that they – that comes from somewhere which they can’t fully understand,” Soros said. “And they are being misled. And they are misled by people who are using it for their selfish purposes, namely to remove regulations and reduce taxation. So reduce taxation and regulation and they are being used and deceived.”