Steve Kroft: George Soros Is One Evil Human-Incorrect Attribution!

Steve Kroft: George Soros Is One Evil Human-Incorrect Attribution!

Summary of eRumor:
A commentary that was allegedly written by Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” describes why George Soros “is one evil human.”
The Truth:
Steve Kroft didn’t write the “one evil human” commentary about George Soros.
A writer named Jim O’Neill penned the commentary in 2009. The Canada Free Press, a conservative news site, published it under the headline, “Soros: Public Enemy #1.”
O’Neill argued in the commentary that the global financial meltdown, the radicalization of the Democratic party and America’s moral decline could all be traced back to George Soros:

What we have in Soros, is a multi-billionaire atheist, with skewed moral values, and a sociopath’s lack of conscience.  He considers himself to be a world class philosopher, despises capitalism, and just loves social engineering.

Uh oh.  Can you say “trouble,” boys and girls?

Soros is a real life version of Dr. Evil—with Obama in the role of Mini-Me.  Which is not as humorous as it might at first sound.  In fact, it’s bone-deep chilling.

The commentary has been circulated in chain emails that attribute it to Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes.” The confusion seems to come section in which O’Neill cites an exchange between Kroft and Soros with key passages taken out:

During an interview with “Sixty Minute’s” Steve Kroft, Soros was asked about his “best year:”

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

SOROS: Yes. Yes.

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

SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

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

SOROS: Not, not at all.  Not at all.

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?


That exchange leaves out key statements from Soros to make it seem like he unapologetically helped the Nazis. But In the actual transcript, Soros says:

“…I was 14 years old. And I would say that that’s when my character was made … That one should think ahead. One should understand that — and anticipate events and when, when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a — a very personal threat of evil.”

The exchange, as recounted by O’Neill, also leaves out a key part of the interview in which Soros explained why he didn’t feel guilt for helping the Nazis confiscate property:

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 the markets — that is 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.”