Fox Business host Stuart Varney moved to distance himself and his network from Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, who attacked billionaire and Democratic donor George Soros on-air Thursday.
“In the last hour one of our guests, Congressman Louie Gohmert, for some reason went out of his way to bring up George Soros and made unsubstantiated and false allegations against him,” Varney said after the segment concluded. “I want to make clear those views are not shared by me, this program or anyone at Fox Business.”
In the segment, Gohmert suggested that Soros was not living up to his Jewish faith because of his frequent criticism of Israel.
“George Soros is supposed to be Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from the damage he’s inflicted on Israel and the fact that he turned on fellow Jews and helped take the property that they own,” Gohmert said.
The moment went unchallenged by Varney at the time, and Gohmert moved on to talk about Google.
The line from Gohmert about Soros seizing Jewish property refers to an old conspiracy theory that the Hungarian-born billionaire had collaborated with the Nazis — something which the fact-checking website Snopes has fully debunked.
“In no sense was Soros, who turned 14 years old not long after the Germans occupied Hungary in 1944, a ‘Nazi collaborator'” they wrote. “At no time did he confiscate (or help confiscate) the property of Jews, ‘identify Jews to the Nazis,’ or help ’round up’ people targeted for deportation or extermination by the Germans.”
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The president of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations called Thursday for congressional “oversight” of Facebook after a report that Facebook used an opposition research firm to investigate Soros.
Facebook’s outgoing head of communications, Elliot Schrage, took responsibility Wednesday for using Definers, a right-wing political research firm, to look into whether Soros funded Facebook’s critics. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said last week he and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg “didn’t know” about Facebook’s use of Definers until he read about it in a New York Times report.
Open Society President Patrick Gaspard tweeted on Thursday that Facebook decided to “drop a turkey on Thanksgiving eve” by admitting “Definers was tasked by company leadership to target and smear George Soros because he publicly criticized their out-of-control business model.” Gaspard added: “Sorry, but this needs independent, congressional oversight.”
Facebook did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Gaspard’s call for regulation.
Schrage, in his memo, said Facebook asked Definers to look into Soros after Soros called the company a “menace to society” at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.
“We had not heard such criticism from him before and wanted to determine if he had any financial motivation,” Schrage said.
He said Soros had helped fund several members of “Freedom From Facebook,” a group critical of the company.
“Later, when the ‘Freedom from Facebook’ campaign emerged as a so-called grassroots coalition, the team asked Definers to help understand the groups behind them,” Schrage continued. “They learned that George Soros was funding several of the coalition members. They prepared documents and distributed these to the press to show that this was not simply a spontaneous grassroots movement.”
Open Society Foundations did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment Thursday on whether it has financed Freedom From Facebook or individual members of the group. Freedom From Facebook also did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Gaspard, in an appearance on CNN on Tuesday, said Soros had “nothing to do” with groups protesting Facebook. He added that “under-regulated” social media platforms posed a “threat” to the U.S. and other countries.
Soros has been a longtime target of conservatives and anti-Semites because of his contributions to left-leaning causes. He’s also been attacked in Europe, including his home country of Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban has spearheaded “Stop Soros” laws to thwart his activism.
In a Facebook post last week, Sandberg said anti-Semitic attacks on Soros are “abhorrent.”
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Telecoms giant Vodafone has agreed a $21.7B deal to acquire the cable assets of John Malone 's Liberty Global in a number of European markets. The move will see the UK telco buy businesses in Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic and will see it bolster its cable TV, broadband internet and mobile services in the region. However, Liberty Global will retain its UK business Virgin Media. The deal, which has been expected for some months, will now wait for…
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Last week, it was reported that the Central Bank of Turkey withdrew the national gold reserve from the US Federal Reserve System. Given the fact that the United States has been imposing whole packages of sanctions on Russia one after another since 2014, why does Russia still keep its gold and other assets in the USA? If it is not in the USA, then where does Russia keep her gold? Turkey's "American gold" was partly returned to Turkey and deposited to European banks, particularly in England and Switzerland. Ankara's gold reserve totals 564.6 tons.Accumulating physical gold by central banks has become a trend lately. Even such a small European country as Hungary returned three tons of its gold from London in early 2018. Venezuela, Holland, Austria and Germany did the same - the countries that feel pressure from the part of the Washington consensus. For example, both the European Union and the Western world have been criticizing Hungary heavily. The nation's gold reserve gives Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban a reason to feel more confident.What about Russia? She has been the main "whipping girl" in the eyes of the "civilized world" lately. Yevgeny Fedorov, a member of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes, told Pravda.Ru, that the information about the location of Russia's gold is classified." "Some of Russia's gold used to be stored in the USA, but we do not know whether Russia has returned that gold," the MP said. According to Yevgeny Fedorov, the Central Bank of Russia "is a branch of the US Federal Reserve, so I would not be surprised if we still keep some of our gold in the United States," he said. "If we don't keep our gold in the USA, then we do keep some of our assets there - i.e. we support the US economy, which is a very bad phenomenon," Fedorov told Pravda.Ru. This policy, the MP added, is stipulated in Article 15 of the Constitution, the system of international treaties and the status of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. To change such a state of affairs, Russia needs to conduct revolutionary reforms. "It is only now, when the law on counter-sentences raises the need to remove US managers from Russian ministries and the Central Bank. If Putin wins with his policy to end the subordination to the American unipolar world, then everything may work out well," Yevgeny Fedorov told Pravda.Ru. In turn, researcher Mikhail Khazin told Pravda.Ru that Russia does not keep its physical gold in the US. "We keep our assets in US government securities, but we have been recently reducing the share of these assets significantly. There is a probability that the Americans will not give them back, so we need to get rid of those bonds," the expert told Pravda.Ru. Pavel Salin, director of the Center for Policy Studies of the Finance University, also said that Russia does not keep its physical gold in the United States."The Russian gold reserve is stored in Russia, and the foreign exchange reserves are kept at US Treasuries. We tend to reduce their amount, but it is impossible to do it instantly, because it will look like an attempt to collapse the US debt market with all ensuing consequences. It could also trigger a major conflict with China that holds $1 trillion 200 million in these bonds and Japan - about one trillion dollars," the expert told Pravda.Ru.According to the US Treasury, the Central Bank of Russia sold US government bonds worth 11.9 billion dollars from December to February, having this reduced the volume of assets by 11.2 percent ($93.8 billion). It is worthy of note that immediately after the introduction of sanctions against Russia in March 2014, the Central Bank of Russia withdrew about $115 billion from the US Federal Reserve System (FRS). However, two weeks after the incident, the Russian Central Bank returned the funds to Fed accounts, Reuters says. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
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The economy of Hungary is a medium-sized, structurally, politically and institutionally open economy in Central Europe and is part of the European Union's (EU) single market. Like most Eastern European economies, the economy of Hungary experienced market liberalisation in the early 1990s as part of the transition from socialist economy to market economy. Hungary is a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1995, a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 1996, and a member of the European Union since 2004. Declining exports, reduced domestic consumption and fixed asset accumulation hit Hungary hard during the Financial Crisis of 2008, making the country enter a severe recession of -6.4%, one of the worst economic contractions in its history. However, the country has recovered quite well from the recession, though high unemployment, sluggish growth and the external debt burden are continuing problems. A recent estimate done by the CIA has shown that Industrial Production Growth Rate is growing by 11%, among one of the highest in the world, and a signal that the economy is recovering.