Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Soros Controls Large Parts Of State Department, Says Fox Guest

A conservative lawyer claimed on Lou Dobbs’s Fox Business Channel show on Wednesday that George Soros “controls a very large part of the career foreign service of the United States State Department,” the latest example of a conspiracy theory targeting the Jewish billionaire to air on Dobbs’s show.

Dobbs’s guests were Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing, married attorneys who reportedly worked with President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to find negative material in Ukraine about former vice president Joe Biden. Dobbs claimed that State Department official George Kent, who had testified earlier that day in the House of Representatives’ impeachment investigation, had once urged Ukrainian officials not to prosecute a Soros-sponsored anti-corruption organization.

“Well, there’s no doubt that George Soros controls a very large part of the career foreign service of the United States State Department,” DiGenova said. “He also controls the activities of FBI agents overseas who work for NGO’s, work with NGO’s. That was very evident in Ukraine. And Kent was part of that. He was a very big protector of Soros.”

There is no evidence for DiGenova’s claim. Soros, a financier and philanthropist, has long been the subject of conspiracy theories, some of them anti-Semitic. Conservative activist Chris Farrell was banned from appearing on Fox channels after telling Dobbs last year that a migrant caravan had been organized by charities sponsored by the “Soros-occupied State Department.”

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt criticized the network on Thursday for airing DiGenova’s comments. “Invoking Soros as controlling the State Dept, FBI, and Ukraine is trafficking in some of the worst anti-Semitic tropes,” he tweeted. “@FoxNews won’t have Chris Farrell on for making similar remarks, and they should hold the same standard for @JoeDiGenova.”

In September, Dobbs was criticized for anti-Semitism for claiming that Soros’s “tentacles reach out into various non-government organizations and nonprofits.”

Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor of the Forward. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @aidenpink

Engage

  • Events

    Haart to Haart

    Virtual

    Dec 7, 2022

    7 pm ET · 

    A conversation with Julia Haart and her son Shlomo, stars of Netflix's 'My Unorthodox Life,' about the new season and much more.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.