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In Beck Documentary, Soros Is ‘Puppet Master’

Fox News host alleges billionare’s global conspiracy

Marc Tracy
November 10, 2010

Here is what Fox News host Glenn Beck said yesterday on the first installment of his two-part documentary on Jewish billionaire financier George Soros. This followed images of the Star of David; video of implicitly Holocaust-era European Jews; and the flashing of Soros quotes that express a lack of sympathy toward the Jewish people. It involved Beck pointing to a chart that alleged a conspiracy drawing various, disparate crises inward toward Soros.

I told you that there was a structure being put into place in our country, and it was designed to bring about the fundamental transformation that has been promised. Through the course of the journey of this discovery, amazingly, all paths, time after time, really led to one man: George Soros. One guy. There’s a crisis collapsing our economy—George Soros. When the progressives, the administration, look for a savior to step in and save the day—George Soros. He makes predictions, and his loyal followers make sure they come true. He’s pulled no punches about the endgame: It’s one world government, the end of America’s status as the prevailing world power. But why? Well, if you want to understand the why there, you have to ask questions, and there’s a few things you need to know about George Soros. … Eighty years ago, George Soros was born. Little did the world know then economies would collapse, currencies would become worthless, elections would be stolen, regimes would fall. And one billionaire would find himself coincidentally at the center of it all. [My bold.]

That is my transcription of a clip (below) that Media Matters has posted (I neglected to DVR the progam, as Beck himself advises I do at the outset; I haven’t made the same mistake today). Elsewhere, Beck, who in the past has essentially said that the Jews killed Jesus, says, with his trademark more-sorrow-than-anger stare of faux-anguish, “His mother was a strong anti-Semite—his words, not mine”; reports that Soros said he felt no guilt at having to aid in the confiscation of his fellow Hungarian Jews’ land before World War II; and he describes Soros’ ultimate goal as “one global society, one global gatekeeper.” He describes Soros’ alma mater, the London School of Economics, as “Fabian Socialist” (which may help explain the behavior of fellow-alum Mick Jagger).

Bizarrely, Beck cites the support Soros’ Open Society Institute gave to various revolutions in Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and elsewhere (good revolutions!), and casts them in a negative light: “So what is his target now? Us. America.” Beck floats the notion that Soros is planning a coup.

Beck notes that Soros was born George Schwartz to Orthodox Jews in Hungary, but is now an atheist; he casts Soros, now, as a self-hating Jew who does not support Israel.

Beck acknowledges that the charge of anti-Semitism has been levied at him for this lewd “Puppet Master” spectacle. His reponse: “I’m probably more of a supporter of Israel and the Jews than George Soros is.” Of course, according to Beck, that is not saying much.

Is Beck an anti-Semite? My understanding, as only an occasional Beck viewer, is that most of this stuff is just par for the course. Still, to adopt the man’s over-the-top rhetorical techniques for a moment, allow me to ask again: Is Beck an anti-Semite? I just reported. You decide.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.