04/08/2017

Ferguson: The Town That George Soros Couldn’t Shut Down

Joseph P. Duggan, The American Spectator

In August 2014, billions of people suddenly came to know the name of this suburban town of 21,000 souls near the St. Louis international airport. The dominant media influenced much of the world to accept a description of Ferguson not as it really is, but instead as an ideological “narrative.”

Ferguson became a synonym for alleged social evils in retrograde regions of an America that the ideologues believe cannot and should not be made great again. For a community of its size and condition, Ferguson surely is the world’s best known but least understood.

After the shooting death here of a young black man in a struggle with a police officer, George Soros, the billionaire left-wing currency speculator, poured millions of dollars into invading Flyover Country with hundreds of hired agitators from Berkeley to Brooklyn. They fomented weeks of unrest. Violent protests resulted in torched businesses, looted stores, and lost jobs. The harm fell heaviest on African-American citizens of Ferguson, who make up more than two-thirds of the town’s population.

Soros also financed massive propaganda campaigns in both mainstream and social media. According to the Washington Times, a clergyman involved in one of the Soros-backed leftist organizations, the Gamaliel Foundation, said an essential mission was to mobilize “protectors of the narrative” of Ferguson as symbol of American “institutionalized” racism.

Reports and commentaries from the New York Times, the GuardianLe Monde, Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, PBS, and the rest of the global mainstream media reliably followed the Soros line. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Ferguson represented “serious violations of human rights and barbaric practices.” Iran’s PressTV said Ferguson emblemized the “long history of police brutality against African-Americans.” China’s totalitarian state-run Xinhua news service deplored the situation in this little community as symptomatic of the “deeply-rooted chronic disease that keeps tearing U.S. society apart.”

As a global disinformation campaign, the Soros Narrative was breathtakingly effective.

In Saudi Arabia, the daily English-language broadsheet Arab News published an opinion piece by a Turkish Islamist with the pen name Harun Yahya. Ferguson, he wrote, “is known as the poorest part of the St. Louis area…. Commercial growth in recent years has only increased the inequality of income in favor of the white population; the black population has grown even poorer in the last 15 years. Investments and companies largely belong to whites, and the people employed by those companies again largely consist of whites. The increasingly impoverished black people have therefore also become unemployed.”

Not that it ever will be explained to his readers in the faraway desert, but each one of Harun Yahya’s assertions was utterly false.

Back in the Swamp along the Potomac, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch wove the Soros Narrative into political sermons and Justice Department ukases. Browbeating by the Soros propaganda machine and the Obama administration caused appointed officials in Ferguson to resign.

On matters in which Ferguson voters had a direct say, The Narrative did not have as much influence.

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