Another day brings yet another headline attacking Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson. It is truly noteworthy that the negative media onslaught that he is undergoing only commenced once he vocalized his opposition to President Obama. Is that the price that is paid for opposing the President? That the “free” media singles you out for attack? One wonders why we don’t see such media focus on the billionaires that fund Obama.
I encountered George Soros in the lobby of the building where both of our companies have offices this week, and I wasn’t surprised to see that he had no members of the Occupy Wall Street movement accompanying him. He was surrounded by security guards, which I found quite shocking. If one reads Soros’ writings one learns his opinions. “The main enemy of the open society, I believe, is no longer the communist but the capitalist threat,” he wrote. Yet Soros himself maintains an office in one of the most expensive buildings in NYC – couldn’t “the people” benefit if he paid lower rent and shared the wealth? Why all the security for a man of the people?
The media has ignored this hypocrisy as well as Soros’ recent comment that, “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.” How is this man even allowed to donate millions to the president of this great country? Soros has said that European-style socialism “is exactly what we need now”, and that the totalitarian Chinese government is “a better-functioning government than the United States.”
But reading the papers today, these damaging words were not reported, nor was his financing of the Occupy Wall Street crowd which has done so much damage to the business community.
Maybe part of the problem is that Soros has financial affiliations to more than 30 mainstream news outlets – including The New York Times, Washington Post, and ABC. Prominent journalists like Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, the Vice President of The Washington Post and others serve on boards of organizations that take millions from Soros. He gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio, and so much of the media is already politically aligned with him – is it even a fair fight?
The Society of Professional Journalists’ ethical code states “avoid all conflicts real or perceived”. Yet, with these affiliations in mind, surely the media attacks on Romney donors, whether Adelson, the Koch brothers or Irving Moskowitz, create at the very least a perceived conflict.
Visionary prophet and leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky said: “God’s name is not Unity but Truth.” Truth includes the media.
P.S. – George, there’s a public relations firm in your building that would be happy to help you transfer your office to more “egalitarian” digs. Just call downstairs.