Beck Responds to ADL Statement Calling His Soros Reporting ‘Horrific’ & ‘Offensive’
* Posted on November 12, 2010 at 11:57am by Scott Baker Scott Baker
After three days of television shows focusing on the work and impact of George Soros, the wave of Beck criticism crested Thursday night with the leader of the Anti-Defamation League issuing a strong denunciation of the programs:
Throughout three programs this week, Mr. Beck has portrayed Mr. Soros, a billionaire investor and philanthropist, as a “puppet master” who is “notorious for collapsing economies and regimes all around the world” and whose “next target” is the United States. Citing Mr. Soros’s statements about the decline of the dollar, Mr. Beck said, “Not only does he want to bring America to her knees, financially, he wants to reap obscene profits off us as well.”
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, took issue with Mr. Beck’s depiction of Mr. Soros as a “Jewish boy helping sending the Jews to the death camps,” calling it “offensive” and “horrific.”
On Tuesday on his Fox program, watched by about 2.8 million people, Mr. Beck said that during the Holocaust, the 14-year-old Mr. Soros “used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off.”
Mr. Beck continued: “I am certainly not saying that George Soros enjoyed that, even had a choice. I mean, he’s 14 years old. He was surviving. So I’m not making a judgment. That’s between him and God.” He also said that “many people” would call Mr. Soros “an anti-Semite,” though “I will not.”
On Thursday’s program, Beck revisited the issue and focused on how Soros has himself described that time in his life:
On his radio program Friday morning, Beck talked about a letter he recently received from the ADL’s Foxman.
Beck noted that his office provided a copy of the letter to The New York Times prior to the publication of their story. The contents of the letter were not included in the article.
This is the key segment from the Friday morning radio show: