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No, ThinkProgress, it’s not antisemitic to mention George Soros in a Tweet

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No ThinkProgress its not antisemitic to mention George Soros in a Tweet

Billionaire leftist George Soros has used his money and influence to drive progressive causes across the globe. There are conspiracy theories, some of which are credible, that attach parts of Soros’ operation to organized protests against conservatives. This is commonly believed by people on both sides of the political aisle.

For example:

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters accosting senators have ties to Soros

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/anti-kavanaugh-protesters-accosting-senators-have-ties-to-sorosSeemingly organic, powerful protests. But in both instances, the women involved came from a nonprofit called Center for Popular Democracy that has received funding from liberal billionaire George Soros, records show.

Soros donated $1.5 million to Center for Popular Democracy in 2016 and 2017 through his philanthropy organization Open Society Foundations, the records show.

He also donated in the past two years another $1.2 million to the nonprofit’s sister organization Center for Popular Democracy Action, which helped organize protests at the Kavanaugh hearings in early September that resulted in more than 200 arrests.

It isn’t a crazy notion that a man as powerful as Soros with the passion for progressive causes that he has will sometimes utilize covert methods to promote his ideology. Powerful conservatives and liberals have been doing it for decades. The difference with Soros is that his name and the theory are often invoked by antisemitic hate groups.

Progressive media outlet ThinkProgress used this to paint President Trump as an antisemite because of a Tweet that mentioned Soros and the idea that he funds protesters:

Trump promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theory on Twitter

https://thinkprogress.org/donald-trump-george-soros-anti-semitic-conspiracy-theory-7962b3d02a86/Now the President of the United States is getting in on the anti-Semitic action, claiming that protests against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, were “Paid for by Soros and others” in a Friday tweet.

This was the first time Trump has mentioned Soros on Twitter, per the Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale. However, The Atlantic’s David Frum noted Soros was one of the “three identifiable “faces of international finance”” featured in a 2016 Trump campaign ad that was widely criticized for its anti-Semitic overtones.

By their logic:

  • Many thoughtful, rational people believe Soros funds protests based on clear evidence
  • Antisemitic hate groups often talk about these theories and say antisemitic things about Soros
  • President Trump mentioned Soros and the theory in a Tweet
  • Therefore, President Trump is promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories on Twitter

This is one of the purest examples of spinning something so hard that it contorts from the force of the spin. It’s a juicy headline for Trump-haters to embrace and share lovingly on social media. It’s stretching the truth far beyond its limits to the point that it has no validity at all, yet it will likely be shared by a large number of progressives so the accusing headline gets tons of coverage.

It’s garbage.

There’s a difference between an anitsemitic conspiracy theory and a valid theory that happens to be shared by antisemitic hate groups.

Here’s the President’s Tweet:

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Thomas Sowell nails the fact versus feelings problem

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Thomas Sowell nails the fact versus feelings problem

There are many reasons why Thomas Sowell is my favorite conservative thinker. This ideas resonate so clearly with the right mindset. His arguments are practically irrefutable.

This particular quote from whoever runs his Twitter account rings so true today. Mainstream media’s programming has affected both the left and the right, but this component of their onslaught on leftist sensibilities is arguably the biggest problem with the progressive movement today.

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Hilarious video: Bombshell, the beginning of the end, walls closing in, the tipping point

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Hilarious video Bombshell the beginning of the end walls closing in the tipping point

Most leftists remember it like a previous generation remembers when they heard JFK was killed. It was the moment they realized Donald Trump would become President of the United States. Since then, mainstream media has been incessant in their proclamations that his days are numbered.

Perhaps it’s comforting to them to continuously hear about how the latest bombshell means it’s the beginning of the end because the walls are closing in on a presidency that has reached a tipping point. Or something.

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference, wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

Fox Business Network is the latest media sponsor to pull out of the Future Investment Initiative Conference scheduled to be held in Riyadh from October 23-25. They have also removed show host Maria Bartiromo from her speaking spot at the event, but left the possibility open for her to be added back under one specific circumstance.

If the Saudis let her have an unrestricted interview with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, they will let her attend the event and speak there.

Fox Business Pulls Out of Saudi Conference Amid Khashoggi Controversy

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-business-pulls-out-of-saudi-conference-khashoggi-1202984667/“Fox Business Network has canceled its sponsorship and participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia. We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman,” the network said in a statement. Fox Business anchor had been scheduled to take part in the event, but will not attend unless there is an opportunity for her to conduct an unrestricted interview with the Saudi leader, according to a person familiar with the matter. The network has been trying to secure such a conversation, this person said.

The conference is hosted by the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. Dubbed “Davos in the Desert,” the conference was first held last year, and has been seen as an opportunity for the mideast nation to spotlight the modernization efforts of Crown Prince Mohammed.

My Take

The outrage over the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sparked many western companies and media outlets to abandon the conference. It’s untenable to attend at this point with so much mounting evidence of direct involvement by the Crown Prince.

The Saudis could go a long way towards clearing their name of charges they deny by letting Bartiromo interview the Crown Prince. At this point, keeping MBS insulated isn’t doing themselves any favors.

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