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WaPo’s Glenn Kessler Posts Three Pinocchio ‘Fact Check’ On Bragg Being “Soros-backed,” Gets Schooled

WaPo’s Glenn Kessler Posts Three Pinocchio ‘Fact Check’ On Bragg Being “Soros-backed,” Gets Schooled

“Claiming Soros ‘funded’ Bragg is simply false, but many rely on the more ambiguous phrase of ‘backed,’ which is technically correct by several degrees of separation. But it’s still misleading and worthy of Three Pinocchios.”

Here at LI, we have long documented billionaire busybody George Soros’ investment in DA races across the country.

Indeed, as Parker Thayer wrote in October, 2022, Soros actually bragged about his intentional influence on American DA races:

An op-ed written by the man himself early last week titled “Why I Support Reform Prosecutors” severely declawed the Left’s attacks. It’s hard to make allegations of anti-Semitic conspiracy theory stick when the man under fire admits he’s doing the thing he’s accused of (although that didn’t stop many from trying).

In the article, Soros confesses he’s the godfather of the progressive prosecutor movement and declares he’ll keep the funding coming. Give credit where credit is due: Soros is clear about his intentions.

You can read Soros’ piece here. His concluding paragraph is pretty clear:

This is why I have supported the election (and more recently the re-election) of prosecutors who support reform. I have done it transparently, and I have no intention of stopping. The funds I provide enable sensible reform-minded candidates to receive a hearing from the public. Judging by the results, the public likes what it’s hearing.

It’s clear unless your name is Glenn Kessler and you work for the Wamazon Post as a Democrat hacktivist, that is.

The left, as Professor Jacobson recently noted, is trying to claim that any criticism of Soros is antisemitic because he is Jewish. This is ludicrous on its face, of course, and as the Professor notes, “yes, it’s okay to point out that Alvin Bragg is ‘Soros-backed’.”

Kessler is on board with that angle, as he rambles on about it, but his main purpose in this fact-challenged ‘fact check’ is that Soros did not actually directly donate to Bragg’s campaign . . . but he did back groups that did so. Kessler neglects to mention that this is how campaign finance works in this country.

This clear connection between Soros’ stated intentions and goals and the backing of Bragg is deemed by Kessler as worthy of three Pinocchios.

Republicans are being slippery here. Claiming Soros “funded” Bragg is simply false, but many rely on the more ambiguous phrase of “backed,” which is technically correct by several degrees of separation. But it’s still misleading and worthy of Three Pinocchios.

The claim is true, but it’s a three Pinocchio lie. Or something.

Needless to say, people have thoughts.


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“Backed” has many connotations. Putting money into a group for the express purpose of “funding” his campaign is more than just “backed”. Whitewashing (can I say that) where the money comes from is deception.

The same people that get bent by criticism of Soros will call Netanyahu a Nazi at the drop of a hat. No surprise they would invert to protect those like Soros. He fights the system they hate, even as so many greedily profit from it at the expense of others without a second thought.

    The vile Dumb-o-crats are the biggest Jew-haters around, and, the biggest slanderers/vilifiers of Israel, outside of the Muslim world. The Dumbs will gleefully exploit false charges of antisemitism against conservatives as a self-serving political cudgel, but, these reprobates won’t lift a finger to protect American Jews from the synagogue desecration carried out by goose-stepping “Anti-fa” terrorist-thugs during the 2020 Dumb-o-crat insurrection, riots, looting, murders, assaults, etc., nor, protect American Jews from Muslim-led and incited slanders and resulting violence (usually involving vilifying Israel and erasing/denying/undermining Jews’ historical ties to the middle east).

Halcyon Daze | April 1, 2023 at 8:37 pm

Kessler has been a leftwing activist all his adult life. As a leftist, he operates on the theory that the end justifies the means.

JackinSilverSpring | April 1, 2023 at 8:43 pm

Why does anyone believe anything in Bezos’ Compost, Pravda on the Potomac where the truth goes to die in darkness.

Being WaPo means never having to say you’re sorry.

Anyone care to point out that individual people have been donating tens of thousands of times to democrats without being aware of it?

I don’t think wapoop is going to pay for the vaunted blue check marks or reimburse the staff who do want one.
I’m hoping the meltdown of libs will be epic.

retiredcantbefired | April 1, 2023 at 9:23 pm

Headline here should read “Pinocchio.”

Steven Brizel | April 1, 2023 at 10:27 pm

Kessler obviously is conveniently ignoring the biggest lesson of investigatory journalism namely your follow the money

During the Ferguson riot, this blog reported that Soros was funding it. Now nobody ever imagined that this meant Soros was personally out on the street in Ferguson, handing out walking-around money to rioters. He was 84 at the time, and obviously he wouldn’t do that. He has people who have people who have people to do that.

What’s more, I’m sure he never told anyone “Here, take this money and use it to make sure there’s a riot in Ferguson”. He didn’t have to say that. It’s even possible he didn’t know exactly what his money was being used for. But he gave his money to the kind of people who organize riots, and he knew what kind of people they were, and his money ended up in rioters’ hands. And he didn’t stop funding them after that. That’s enough to justify saying that he funded the riots.

Likewise I’m sure no EU official ever told a PA official, “Here’s some cash, go buy some bullets and kill us some Jews”. But the EU knows damn well that’s what the PA is doing, and they give it money in that knowledge. That’s enough to state that the EU is funding Jew-murder.

BierceAmbrose | April 1, 2023 at 11:37 pm

When buying the refs isn’t enough, buy the refs who ref the refs.

Who watches the watchers? Buying them isn’t the game, it’s all the games.

    CommoChief in reply to BierceAmbrose. | April 2, 2023 at 11:03 am

    It’s why new media is maligned by legacy media. These clowns aren’t content with having taken over the legacy media organs to spread their leftist beliefs, they demand everyone, everywhere on any other alternative media be deplatformed as well.

    At root collectivist lefties don’t want competition they want conformity. Every honest observer will note the various lengths they will go to in order to achieve that goal. See Ukraine as one example; the debate is always framed as disagreement with neocon/neoliberal/d/prog uniparty Orthodoxy = support for Putin.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to CommoChief. | April 2, 2023 at 9:41 pm

      Exactly so. The end remains always the same — easier to rule the masses the less the masses can do for themselves, including think; especially communicate with each other.

The entire “backed” vs. “funded” propaganda narrative and deflection being proffered by the dishonest, water-carrying, Dumb-o-crat media lapdogs/lackeys is a distinction without a practical difference.

As accurately observed by Fuzzy, anyone possessing a scintilla of honesty understands that PAC’s distribute donation money to favored candidates. That Soros technically didn’t directly contribute to Bragg’s campaign, but, rather, donated to an intermediary organization which then doled out the money, doesn’t change the fact that Soros’s money eventually found its way into the Bragg campaign’s coffers.

The vile Dumb-o-crats are practicing their usual, reflexive and dishonest parsing and quibbling, here.

    GWB in reply to guyjones. | April 3, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    There’s also the fact that the organizations don’t have to send money to the candidate to “back” him. They can spend the money independently on ads and get-out-the-vote work (for their candidate, of course). They can spend money getting their folks on to the morning talk shows and such to talk favorably about the candidate. Etc.

I wish Trump or some other wealthy conservative Republican would use some of their wealth and fortune to counter Soros by financially backing law and order prosecutors.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to JR. | April 2, 2023 at 9:43 pm

    The Koch brothers, along with being perma-audited in all their dealings, were caricatured as bond villains. They don’t even look the part.

Backed? Funded? We have other mor appropriate terms for money passing through multiple hands/entities (each siphoning a taste) before reaching its intended beneficiary. Money Laundering, conversion, fraud, structuring, evasion….you get the picture.

    Milhouse in reply to Jawbreaker. | April 2, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    Um, no, none of those words are appropriate. Funded and backed are the correct words, because there is nothing underhanded about this. This is how one exercises one’s first amendment right to advocate the election of one’s preferred candidates, who one hopes will advance one’s political beliefs. There is nothing wrong with what Soros is doing, except that his goals are evil. Just as a good end does not justify bad means, a bad end does not damn good means.

      murkyv in reply to Milhouse. | April 2, 2023 at 7:09 pm

      Sheldon Whitehouse thinks any and all funds going to Republicans is “dark money ”

      He’s a one-trick moron

“Democracy Dies in Darkness” was meant all along as an aspiration, not a warning.

It’s also hard to make accusations of antisemitism when the guy has never embraced his Jewish heritage and hates Israel, even if the charges were false which they are not.