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Apr 20, 2012 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Here’s the latest (last?) salvo from Gawker featuring the fruits of the $5,000 they paid to some already-forgotten associate producer of O’Reilly’s…

Excerpted from Gawker: Here are a few emails Fox News chief Roger Ailes forwarded to his underlings, demanding that they turn them into TV news.

New York’s Gabriel Sherman reported last year that, even though he travels in New York’s rarefied social circles and dines at Le Cirque, Ailes isn’t a cynical peddler of right-wing ghost stories. In 2008, Ailes told Obama adviser David Axelrod that Obama intended to create a national police force to do his bidding. “That exchange was the moment [Axelrod] realized Ailes truly believed what he was broadcasting,” Sherman wrote.

We recently obtained the following emails, all of which were sent by Ailes (or his assistants, on his behalf) to staffers at The O’Reilly Factor in 2008 and 2010. They offer a peek inside the Fox News sausage-making machinery, and demonstrate that not only does Ailes buy into some of the more conspiratorial, paranoid programming on his network—he instigates it.

On November 1, 2010, Ailes sent an email to Bill O’Reilly (he’s “cavanfact” in the “To:” field below) and his producer David Tabacoff. It contained a partial transcript from a 12-year-old 60 Minutes profile of George Soros in which Soros, a Jew, acknowledged that he posed as a Christian under the Nazi regime and helped confiscate property from other Jews being shipped off to death camps. He was 14 years old at the time. The transcript had originally been sent to Ailes by Fox News’ vice president for “News Research & Strategic Information” Mitchell Kweit under the subject heading “Soros No Nazi Guilt.”

“FYI,” Ailes wrote. “This guy has no conscience.” When Tabacoff replied noncomittally, Ailes wrote back, “Do you think you guys will use it or should I give it to someone else?”

O’Reilly had no use for the quote. Eight days later, Glenn Beck launched a two-part series, called “The Puppet Master,” accusing Soros of instigating and executing a global socialist conspiracy. The 60 Minutes interview played a major role: “In an interview with Steve Kroft,” Beck told his viewers, “Soros was asked if he felt guilt at all about taking the property from the Jews as a teenager. He responded, ‘No.’ He also said, quote, ‘I don’t deny the Jews their national existence, but I don’t want to be a part of it.'”

Below is the full email chain.

_____________________________________________
From: Ailes, Roger
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2010 12:46 PM
To: Tabacoff, David
Subject: RE: Soros No Nazi Guilt

Do you think you guys will use it or should I give it to someone else?

_____________________________________________
From: Tabacoff, David
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2010 11:57 AM
To: Ailes, Roger
Subject: RE: Soros No Nazi Guilt

ugly

_____________________________________________
From: Dellaquila, Gina On Behalf Of Ailes, Roger
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2010 11:56 AM
To: cavanfact; Tabacoff, David
Subject: FW: Soros No Nazi Guilt

FYI. This guy has no conscience.
-RA

_____________________________________________
From: Kweit, Mitch
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 4:07 PM
To: Ailes, Roger; Laterza, Judy
Cc: Dellaquila, Gina; Downey, Elizabeth; Tiryaki, Tia
Subject: Soros No Nazi Guilt

Here’s the relevant excerpt from a 60 Minutes transcript from December 20, 1998 – attached is the complete transcript

KROFT: (Voiceover) You’re a Hungarian Jew…

Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm.

KROFT: (Voiceover) …who escaped the Holocaust…
(Vintage footage of women walking by train)

Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm.
(Vintage footage of people getting on train)

KROFT: (Voiceover) …by—by posing as a Christian.

Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Right.
(Vintage footage of women helping each other get on train; train door closing with people in boxcar)

KROFT: (Voiceover) And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.

Mr. SOROS: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that’s when my character was made.

KROFT: In what way?

Mr. SOROS: That one should think ahead. One should understand and—and anticipate events and when—when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a—a very personal experience of evil.

KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes.

KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

KROFT: I mean, that’s—that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

Mr. SOROS: Not—not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t—you don’t see the connection. But it was—it created no—no problem at all.

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

Mr. SOROS: No.

KROFT: For example that, ‘I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.’ None of that?

Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c—I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that was—well, actually, in a funny way, it’s just like in markets—that if I weren’t there—of course, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else
would—would—would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the—whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the—I had no role in taking away that property. So I
had no sense of guilt.

<< File: Soros 60 Minutes 1998.DOC >>

Mitch

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Mitchell S. Kweit
V.P. News Research &
Strategic Information

212-301-3002
[email protected]
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