Gov’t Agency Head Reportedly Apologizes to George Soros for Broadcast That Called Him a ‘Multimillionaire Jew’
You may remember from weeks ago, amid growing criticism of anti-Semitic dog-whistling about George Soros, a small news story about a US government-funded news network that ran a segment calling him a “multimillionaire Jew.”
The Spanish-language network TV Martí ran the segment, which was denounced by Senator Jeff Flake as “taxpayer-funded anti-semitism.”
A TV Marti program that was introduced with the phrase, “George Soros, a multimillionaire Jew,” was paid for by the American taxpayer, and broadcast to Latin America last summer, in our name. This is taxpayer-funded anti-semitism.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) October 28, 2018
Well, now the Washington Post is reporting that the head of U.S. Agency for Global Media, John Lansing, sent a letter to Soros personally apologizing:
“It was based on extremely poor and unprofessional journalism, and it was utterly offensive in its anti-Semitism and clear bias,” Lansing wrote in the letter to Soros, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post. “I take this breach in our fundamental obligation to provide accurate, balanced, and objective reporting very seriously”…
“Like you, I do not find an article that uses Judicial Watch as its sole source to be remotely credible,” Lansing said. He added that it was “all the more impactful, and regrettable,” that news of the program broke around the time of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the mailing of pipe bombs to Soros and other prominent critics of Trump, and “other blatantly anti-Semitic attacks on candidates and individuals.”
The journalists involved were put on administrative leave, he added.
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