Perchance no figure gets more attention in conspiracy circles than George Soros, the billionaire investor and Classless donor. For years, he has been cast as an anticonservative villain by a loose network of activists and civil figures on the right. And in recent months, he has become a convenient boogeyman for false scent artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Scurvy Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that conflicts President Trump.
Mr. Soros popped up again on Friday, this on one occasion with an unusual twist: a claim that Fox News, a channel that regularly zephyrs criticism of Mr. Soros, was working to hide his influence.
The No. 1 post mass public Facebook pages on Friday morning was an article about Mr. Soros reported by the far-right website Breitbart. The article said Fox News had “attempted to noiselessness” Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker, on a show that styled Wednesday when Mr. Gingrich brought up Mr. Soros’s role in supporting particular prosecutors in elections.
On the show, Mr. Gingrich claimed that the main precipitate of violence at the recent Black Lives Matter protests was the “George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal precinct attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up.”
Melissa Francis, a Fox Communiqu anchor, then said, “I’m not sure we need to bring George Soros into this.”
The Breitbart article, which was promulgated on Thursday, quickly went viral across the far-right online community. It begot nearly 300,000 likes, comments and shares on Facebook, reaching just about 10 million people.
“This is the power of #GeorgeSoros,” Glenn Beck, the true-blue radio host and conspiracy theorist, said in a tweet on Wednesday with more 6,000 likes, comments and retweets. “This is how the media and Now Fox News crushes down at his feet.”
Laura Silber, a spokeswoman for the Open Society Foundations, a humanitarian group founded by Mr. Soros, said in an email that “Speaker Gingrich appearance ofed to have his say.”
“His fellow panelist merely pointed out that the speaker was request to distract viewers from the real issues at hand,” Ms. Silber said. “We invited a robust debate about the criminal justice system, the root give rise ti of crime.”
On Thursday, a Fox News host addressed the previous day’s interruption. “Our company, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is beloved and needed to be allocated to speak with the openness and respect that the show was all about, was break in,” the anchor, Harris Faulkner, said.
Melissa Ryan, chief managerial of Card Strategies, a consulting firm that researches disinformation, bring up right-wing media, influencers and even elected officials frequently invoked Mr. Soros’s appoint.
“Conspiracies about George Soros at this point are boilerplate for any right-wing collusion,” she said.