George Soros is the ultimate poison pill to give to someone on the right. If you can attach any conservative or Federalist to the George Soros brand, you instantly discredit them, perhaps insurmountably.
The left knows this and often tries to sneak in references to Soros when talking about Republicans. We saw this with George W. Bush in an effort by leftist mainstream media to discredit him. Lately, we’ve been seeing it more from right-leaning publications, particularly those that heartily supported Donald Trump through the primaries. Case in point: Breitbart.
A recent article painted several top Republicans as being funded with a single degree of separation from Soros. This was blatant propaganda. It was apparent when I read it, but I dismissed it as something that was so obvious it didn’t even need to be called out. I was wrong. More publications picked up on the story. Questions started getting asked of people like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan. Once again, fake news was spreading.
One publication, DailyWire, finally pointed out the hypocrisy.
In reality, the article written by Matthew Boyle stated, “Employees of a hedge fund founded by the king of the Institutional Left, billionaire and Democratic Party mega-donor George Soros, donated tens of thousands of dollars to top Republicans who fought against President Donald Trump in 2016, donation records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show.”
Get it? Employees at Soros’ firm. Not Soros. Not his firm. Employees, who it turns out may actually disagree with Soros on politics.
This is the definition of fake news.
Publications like Breitbart count on its readers being so gullible that they will read a headline and count it as reality. They can debunk their own claims in the middle of the article, but as long as they can inflame enough headline-only readers, they’re work is done. No conservative would knowingly accept money tainted by Soros. Remember that when you read headlines meant to smear them.