In this week’s New Yorker Magazine “Comment” column, Hendrik Hertzberg writes about Glenn Beck’s George Soros shows. Hertzberg, a left-wing columnist and former speech-writer for Jimmy Carter, accuses Beck of “turning facts into lies.”
Facts are facts, Mr. Hertzberg. Soros can no longer hide his skeletons.
Beck quoted Soros – in context – to prove Soros’ hostility towards the United States, his goal of global governance, and his messianic fantasies, among other things.
Hertzberg was especially miffed that Beck used quotes from an article published in Hertzberg’s own New Yorker, entitled “the World According to Soros,” to substantiate Beck’s exposure of the real George Soros. While admitting that Beck’s quotes were “accurately transcribed,” Hertzberg claims that the quotes were
made to function as lies by being placed in an utterly mendacious context
a deeply evil figure, a shadowy manipulator whose marionettes include unions, the Democratic Party, the media, and the President
For the same reason a lot of WWII veterans will tell you that the best, happiest time of their lives were when they were fighting in the war. The danger, the excitement, the knowledge that you’re totally engaged in a struggle against evil, the way petty personal problems and annoyances fade away in comparison to the epic drama around you
1. Marx and Engels gave a very good analysis of the capitalist system
2. the outworn creed of capitalism is done for
3. it is the business of government… to curtail individualism
4. Social values express a concern for others. They imply that the individual belongs to a community, be it a family, a tribe, a nation, or humankind, whose interests must take precedence over the individual’s self-interests.
5. We need to have some degree of social justice
6.This is the new call to arms for the establishment of social justice
Answers: Soros – 1, 4, and 5; Coughlin – 2, 3, and 6
It looks like Soros is closer in some significant respects to Coughlin’s philosophy than Beck is.
For further information about Soros and Beck, Hertzberg shamelessly sends his readers to none other than the Soros-funded Media Matters! That tells you all you really need to know about Hertzberg’s credibility as a journalist, which is so typical of Soros’ most ardent defenders.
Joseph Klein is the author of a new book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam.