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Soros foundation demands Fox News ban Joe diGenova
Former federal prosecutor and frequent Fox News guest Joe diGenova is in hot water after claiming that billionaire George Soros played a role in the Ukraine scandal — and now Soros wants Fox News to get rid of him.
DiGenova, who is known for his commentary on the FISA scandal, ruffled some feathers Wednesday when he told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs that Soros controls the State Department, or at least a big chunk of it. Witnesses from the State Department have played a major role in building the Democrats’ impeachment case against Trump.
Soros’ Open Society Foundation sent a stern letter to Fox Thursday demanding that Fox retract diGenova’s comments and ban him from the network.
Soros calls for Fox to ban diGenova
DiGenova’s comments came in the context of a discussion with Dobbs about the House impeachment hearing Wednesday, in which diplomats Bill Taylor and George Kent testified. Republicans have disparaged the hearing as a fact-free sham, characterizing the State Department witnesses as petty and bitter bureaucrats with an ax to grind against the president.
Dobbs, citing an article by investigative reporter John Solomon, suggested that Kent was part of an effort to pressure Ukraine to drop an investigation into Soros group Anti-Corruption Action Centre, or AntAC. (This occurred not long after former Vice President Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor general who investigated Burisma Holdings, according to Solomon.)
Eventually, Shokin’s successor Yuri Lutsenko met with U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who Lutsenko said gave him a “do not prosecute list” that included a founder of AntAC, according to Solomon.
DiGenova’s Soros claims
Yovanovitch testified against Trump in Congress Friday, two days after Kent’s appearance. Reacting to Dobbs’ prompt, diGenova suggested that Soros “controls a very large part of the career foreign service of the United States Department” and “controls the activities of FBI agents overseas who work for NGOs,” and that Kent was a “very big protector” of Soros.
The accusations prompted a sharply worded letter from Soros lawyer Patrick Gaspard, who accused diGenova of “McCarthyite” and “anti-Semitic” attacks on Soros, a Hungarian-American Jew. The letter also criticizes Solomon’s “discredited” reporting, claiming that it had been “recanted” by the source — and accuses Dobbs of “regularly” providing a platform for anti-Semitic comments, a very serious charge that was not backed up by any specific evidence.
Powerful billionaire quashes criticism
While Soros has been accused of some outlandish things, it is well-known that the billionaire has poured his largesse into a wide range of progressive causes and organizations, even targeting local District Attorney races across the U.S. Few single donors have poured as much of their fortune into American elections and institutions as Soros: he is one of the top donors to Democrats nationally, and his funding supports a vast network of progressive groups like MoveOn.
This fact might make him the target of wild accusations, but Soros has tended to reject criticism of all of his progressive activities as categorically “anti-Semitic.” It’s not a conspiracy theory, for example, to suggest that Soros is doing his part to fund an open-borders agenda when he quite openly admits to doing so.
Perhaps diGenova is factually wrong in this case, but it’s also not racist for him to accuse a powerful billionaire with a known history of influencing American and Western institutions of political corruption. It’s one thing to object to racism and another to banish all criticism as “hate.”
Not content with exerting influence over a vast network of progressive networks, George Soros now wants Fox News to do his bidding. Let’s see if they crack.
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