Accuracy in Media

If President Bush goes down to defeat on Tuesday, one factor will be the influence of mysterious pro-Kerry “527” organizations funded by billionaire George Soros, who almost single-handedly is trying to put the Democrat in the White House. The media have not only excused Soros for using a loophole in campaign finance law to buy the White House for Kerry, they have fawned over Soros with coverage that borders on hero worship. A recent example came last Wednesday, when Lou Dobbs of CNN interviewed “George,” a friend he has known “for a long time,” and permitted Soros to launch his typical anti-Bush diatribe.

What’s worse, as “balance,” Dobbs then interviewed Ken Duberstein, a Republican operative who declared that “I respect George Soros for putting his money where his mouth is” and “I salute him for getting involved in the process that way.” This was the “opposing view?” Duberstein, a former chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan who presumably supports Bush for president, completely blew his opportunity to set the record straight about this “international financier” and his wild spending to defeat the President.  Then again, neither Bush nor Vice President Cheney has ever uttered the word “Soros” on the campaign trail. They have seemed curiously reluctant to highlight this controversial foreign-born billionaire’s unprecedented intervention in the U.S. presidential contest. Yet Bush and Cheney have taken a relentless beating over Cheney’s old firm, Halliburton.

As we have contended, however, Soros is a human Halliburton whose network of companies, organizations and foundations actually makes the real Halliburton look like a Mom & Pop operation. No one really knows where the Soros money comes from because he operates behind a financial “hedge fund” that is based offshore. For the first time in history, despite the opposition of Soros and other international financiers and currency speculators, the Securities and Exchange Commission just recently voted to regulate these mysterious entities. Soros claims to be motivated to defeat Bush because of his policy of Iraq, but his long-time goal has been to legalize drugs. Dobbs didn’t bring that subject up, and neither did Duberstein. Soros has been labeled the “Daddy Weedbucks” of the drug culture.

The media have never asked Kerry whether he agrees with the Soros agenda for America. If he becomes president, he may have no alternative but to implement it.

After permitting Soros to bash Bush on issues ranging from Iraq to the environment, Dobbs concluded by hailing Soros as “a man who has put his money, his energy and his time behind his political convictions.” They parted ways, with Dobbs saying, “Good to have you here. Always good to see you, George.” One got the impression that Soros was handling Dobbs’ investments.

One day later, however, Soros got into potential legal trouble when the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a formal Complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Soros, alleging that he may have made illegal expenditures by failing to fully disclose expenses related to his swing-state speaking tour. This tour concluded on October 28 with a speech at the National Press Club. The NLPC noted that, according to FEC filings, Soros reported the expenditures for two-page newspaper ads he bought in swing states titled “Why We Must Not Re-Elect President Bush,” and for mailings with a similar theme. But nothing apparently has been reported for the significant travel, public relations and the other costs associated with his speaking tour.

In a press release, NLPC President Peter Flaherty said, “Soros is a hypocrite. First, he bankrolled the groups that lobbied for passage of McCain-Feingold, but now he’s pouring millions through the law’s loopholes. And he has apparently violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by not disclosing the substantial sums he is spending on this speaking tour. We expect a complete, expeditious and fair investigation of our Complaint.” NLPC said that it also filed the complaint against two nonprofit organizations that hosted Soros’ anti-Bush speeches, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Metropolitan Club of Columbus, Ohio. Soros spoke before other nonprofit organizations in other cities. 

This is not a frivolous complaint because NLPC has a record of success before the FEC. The FEC has ruled favorably on NLPC complaints filed against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Maria Cantwell, and Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton.

The NLPC press conference was disrupted by Soros aide Michael Vachon, who insisted the allegations were false. When asked about the allegations during the question-and answer period following his speech, Soros attacked NLPC as “shady.” Soros is the shady one, and the media refuse to shine the light of public scrutiny and accountability on his activities. This is because they want Kerry to win.

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