George Soros: Media Mogul. Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg of the Business and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center, have produced a report on the media-related activities of liberal financier George Soros. In the executive summary, Gainor and Somberg report: “George Soros is arguably the most influential liberal financier in the United States, donating more than $8 billion just to his Open Society Foundations. In 2004, he spent more than $27 million to defeat President George W. Bush and has given away millions more since to promote the left-wing agenda. But what goes almost without notice is Soros’ extensive influence on and involvement with the media.
His media funding has helped create a liberal ‘echo chamber,’ in the words of one group he backs, ‘in which a message pushes the larger public or the mainstream media to acknowledge, respond, and give airtime to progressive ideas because it is repeated many times.’” The liberal echo chamber is quite effective, with stories spreading rapidly across a network of media outlets. Liberal politicians — even President Obama — pick up on and repeat the echoes. The executive summary of the report is at George Soros: Media Mogul — Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism. That page contains a link to the full report and additional material.
You’ll also want to be aware of how George Soros was convicted for insider trading. The New York Times reports in Insider trading conviction of Soros is upheld: “The highest court in France on Wednesday rejected a bid by George Soros, the billionaire investor, to overturn a conviction for insider trading in a case dating back nearly 20 years, leaving the first blemish on his five-decade investing career”
Or, in French court upholds Soros conviction the Times reported: “The conviction of George Soros, the billionaire investor and former fund manager, on insider trading charges was upheld on Thursday by a French appeals court, which rejected his argument that his investment in a French bank in 1988 was not based on confidential information. Soros, 74, now retired from money management but active as a philanthropist and author, was ordered to pay a fine of Â€2.2 million, or $2.9 million, representing the money made by funds he managed from an investment in Société Générale.”
Another source of critical information about Soros is the Conservapedia article on George Soros.
For those not familiar with the name, Soros is a wealthy currency speculator who funds many leftist organizations. The term “astroturfing” — lately used to discredit the authenticity of the recent tea parties — describes Soros’ efforts to a tea, if I may say so.