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January 27, 2023

Surprise! Top Director for George Soros' Political Arm Is Frequent Guest of White House

I don't know about you guys but I'm flat on my back.

A high-level director at George Soros' Open Society Foundations (OSF) who is tied to a group bankrolled by the billionaire and quietly working with President Biden's administration on policy has close access to the White House, records show.

Tom Perriello, Open Society-U.S.'s executive director and part of Soros' leadership team, and who sits on the board of Governing for Impact, an outside Soros-funded group maneuvering behind the scenes to shape and implement policy, has frequently visited the White House for meetings and events.

Perriello's name appears in White House visitor logs 13 times on eight different days between May 2021 and September 2022, the last publicly available month for the records, a Fox News Digital review has found. On three of the days he visited, multiple appointments appear in the forms.

...

OSF did not answer questions on the nature of the meetings, and the White House did not respond to an inquiry on the matter. It remains unclear precisely who Perriello met with for the sessions, as the visitor logs often contain White House staff who book appointments, meet the guests and take them to other personnel.

However, the records show that Jordan Finkelstein, the chief of staff to Biden senior adviser Anita Dunn, was one individual to greet Perriello. Richard Figueroa, a race and ethnicity policy adviser; Rachel Chiu, chief of staff in the office of political strategy and outreach; Yohannes Abraham, previously the deputy assistant to the president, chief of staff, and executive secretary of the National Security Council, also appear in the logs, among others.

Matt Polumbo recently reported that Joe Biden is the first president wholly owned by George Soros.

At 92 years old, George Soros boasts more influence than ever before in the Oval Office.

Despite dumping millions into US presidential elections before, he has, fortunately for the country, incinerated most of that money into thin air. Soros donated tens of millions to the failed presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, and even when he did score a win in Barack Obama, he would later complain that it didn't get him the sort of influence he was looking for.

He "closed the door" on him, Soros told The New York Times. "He made one phone call thanking me for my support, which was meant to last for five minutes, and I engaged him, and he had to spend another three minutes with me, so I dragged it out to eight minutes."

But as I uncovered in my book, "The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros," with President Biden, Soros' lackeys are everywhere, and the Soros infiltration of Team Biden began before he even took office.

Biden's transition team was formed after the 2020 election and quickly began staffing itself with liberals connected to Soros and his network.

Biden-assembled "Agency Review Teams," which included lists of individuals "responsible for understanding the operations" of each government agency, were tapped to prepare both Biden and Kamala Harris "to hit the ground running on Day One."

Soros was represented well by Biden's picks, with individuals working for organizations founded by or funded by Soros making up at least 17 of them. This included individuals picked to work on the transition teams of the State Department, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, United States Mission to the United Nations, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve, Banking and Securities Regulators, National Security Council, Office of the US Trade Representative and Department of Veterans Affairs.

A number of individuals within the Soros sphere of influence then entered Biden's Cabinet...

He then details them. Among them: Neena Tanden, Anthony Blinken (also a huge Hillary apparatchik) and... current acting President Ron Klain.

Read the whole thing.

Polumbo has a new article out about Soros' funding -- and essentially, ownership of -- most of the "fact" checking censorship operations in this country.

My first encounter with Soros' Reputation Management Enforcement Team -- aka, the "fact-checking" empire he funds -- came when the Weekly Standard "fact-checked" my statement that George Soros himself admitted on 60 Minutes that he aided Nazis in locating and collecting art and household treasures from Jews.

Yes, the Weekly Standard. They actually "fact-checked" a video of George Soros himself admitting that, stating that a biographer, not George Soros, had fact-checked George Soros' own statement about assisting the Nazis in looting treasure from the Jews and found that the charge was "dubious."

They actually fact-checked George Soros talking about his own life, and decided that George Soros was wrong and his third-party biographer (haigiographer?) had the facts of George Soros' life correct.

This was when they were taking money from FaceBook to employ "fact-checkers" selected by FaceBook and run them on their own site.

Again, I'm as shocked that Bill Kristol's, Steve Hayes', and Jonathan Last's Weekly Standard would smear a conservative to please a leftwing donor as anybody.

Next thing you'll tell me is that David French shills for his Big Tech donors.

Now comes this new report that a huge part of the "fact-checking" you're seeing in the media is funded by none other than George Soros.

No wonder "fact" checkers are always claiming that true statements about George Soros, such as the fact that his political donation organizations fund leftwing prosecutors to decriminalize crime, are "antisemitic conspiracy theories."

Polumbo at the New York Post:



It's not enough for George Soros to fund the media and encourage stories that back up his point of view -- he has to make sure no one disagrees with it.

Last year, Soros partnered with fellow leftist billionaire Reid Hoffman (the co-founder of LinkedIn) to financially back a project to fight so-called disinformation. The name they chose might have come from George Orwell himself: Good Information Inc.

Branding anything that goes counter-narrative as "disinformation" has become the left's latest strategy to fight anything that threatens their spin, and Soros has taken note.

Later in the year, heading into the midterms, in an open letter signed by 11 other leftist groups, the Soros-funded Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights called on Big Tech CEOs to take "immediate" action to spread so-called "voting disinformation" to "help prevent the undermining" of democracy. The signatories had received a combined $30.3 million from Soros in just a four-year period.

Gee I wonder if Bill Kristol's "Alliance Securing Democracy" received any of that sweet socialist tyrant cash.

I don't really wonder.



Soros already has had success across the Atlantic in using fact-checkers to censor narratives damaging to the left.


As the Hungarian publication Remix revealed, of the 11 Facebook-approved fact checking organizations for Central and Eastern Europe, eight were funded by Soros. As is the case for the US, these fact checking groups are largely critical of the political right.

Major fact-checking organizations such as PolitiFact, Snopes, and others have long faced allegations of left-wing political bias -- allegations a series of studies over the years have confirmed. One of the more recent studies of bias on PolitiFact found sources six times more likely to defend Biden in their "fact-checks" than check his facts.

Major funding for PolitiFact's parent company, The Poynter Institute, includes the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ford Foundation, Soros-backed Tides Foundation and Tides Center, the Carnegie Corp. of New York among many others.

One project of the Poynter Institute specifically, the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), was launched in 2015 with its initial funding coming from the National Endowment for Democracy (backed by the US State Department), the Omidyar Network, Google, Facebook, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and George Soros' Open Society Foundations.

The IFCN acts as the "high body" for the dozens of fact-checking organizations under its umbrella, which unite under a shared code of principles, and a mission "to bring together the growing community of fact-checkers around the world and advocates of factual information in the global fight against misinformation."

Among the most well-known organizations that are affiliated with the IFCN include the Associated Press fact checker, FactCheck.org, The Dispatch fact checker, The Washington Post fact checker and PolitiFact.

Oh, Jonah Goldberg, Steve Hayes, and David French are taking money from Soros to run his "fact"-checks.

Seems like old times.

In another article, Polumbo says, with Marlowe-like understatement (or litotes, as goddess of the classroom informs me):

As I noted in my book, "The Man Behind the Curtain," bogus charges of anti-Semitism against Soros' critics are the most common line of attack among Soros-funded outlets.

You don't say.

You. Don't. Say.

I think I'm going to buy that book. I'm shocked that it's available on Amazon. Don't they know it's an antisemitic pack of Russian disinformation?!?!

Remember, NeverTrumpers are here to fight fascism and authoritarianism and disinformation. They're like war heroes. They should be granted the right to issue Challenge Coins to other "heroes" who support them.

Very much related: Brendan O'Neill writes in Spiked of the "Caesars of the Information Age," and why Trump's unbanning from Meta is no victory.

That Caesar may commute a death sentence simply reaffirms that Caesar has the power to sentence someone to death in the first place.

I thought I would feel some relief when the social-media giants came to their senses and let Donald Trump back on their platforms. Yet now that it's happened, now that Meta has decreed that Trump has served his time in the virtual wilderness and may once again post on Facebook and Instagram, I just feel unnerved. Unnerved by the extraordinary power these people wield over who may and who may not engage with the billions of souls who gather online. Unnerved by their supranational authority to grant or rescind a licence to speak in the global town square. Unnerved by the historically unprecedented dominion this small clique of the woke rich enjoys over the liberty to utter.

The unbanning of Trump feels less like a victory for freedom of speech than a triumph of Silicon Valley Caesarism. It sends the message that it is for these Emperors of the Information Age to decide who may enter the modern arena of discussion, who may have to be expelled, how long they should be expelled for, and under what conditions they may be permitted to return once their punishment is complete.

Indeed, even though Meta's statement on readmitting Trump to Facebook and Instagram is justified in the language of freedom of speech -- 'The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying', it says, with staggering gall, given it spent the past two years preventing the public from hearing what Trump was saying -- it also says it will keep a tight leash on Trump. If he violates any of Meta's protocols, he'll be suspended again, they warn, for anywhere between one month and two years. So the politician may speak to the people, so long as he says nothing to offend the arrogant hip capitalists who control 21st-century public discussion. Their message is crystal clear: 'We're still in control, and we always will be.'

Trump was banished from social media in January 2021. Following the Capitol Hill riot of 6 January, virtually all of Silicon Valley decreed that he should be unpersoned, blacklisted, silenced. He was kicked off Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify and Twitch. YouTube, Reddit and TikTok brought in stiff restrictions on the expression of pro-Trump sentiment. Google and Apple removed the Parler app from their stores, so that the virtual masses wouldn't be able to access the one platform that was still allowing Trump to speak.

It was the most comprehensive act of censorship of modern times. In fact, it was without precedent in the history of human communications. No other power in history -- not the Vatican, not the Inquisition, not the Star Chamber -- has ever enacted such a sweeping and global act of silencing. And let us not forget that Trump was the sitting US president when this happened. It was a truly egregious assault on the democratic rights of the American people, and on all internet users' right to free thought and independent judgement.

He concludes:

That these Caesars of California can restrict the reading and viewing material of billions of human beings across the Earth is simply intolerable. How have we allowed this to happen?

Read the whole thing, of course.

I'm still waiting on Matt Taibbi's coming report on Hamiton68 -- which has some association with Bill Kristol's "Alliance Securing Democracy" grift -- and that group's "methodology" for claiming that nigh-anyone who disagrees with the leftwing propaganda line of the day is a "Russian Bot."

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