Though the leftist billionaire George Soros did not officially endorse Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president come 2020, he did utter some kind words about her qualifications.
“She has emerged as the clear-cut person to beat,” Soros told The New York Times in an interview. “I don’t take a public stance, but I do believe that she is the most qualified to be president.”
Soros added that his kind words about Warren were not meant as an endorsement and that he will not endorse any candidate.
“I don’t express my views generally because I have to live with whoever the electorate chooses,” he said.
The New York Times largely fawned over Soros, referring to him as a “billionaire philanthropist” who is frequently a target of right-wing conspiracies.
“I’m very proud of the enemies I have,” he told The Times. “It’s a perfect way to tell a dictator or a would-be dictator if he identifies me as an enemy.”
“Their objections to Mr. Soros, 89, stem from his backing of liberal causes and super PACs that opposed Mr. Trump and supported Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton, and his Open Society Foundation, which, funded by his billions, has supported democracy and human rights in some 120 countries, often opposing autocratic regimes,” the Times glowingly continued.
None of this is new for the outlet that Andrew Klavan refers to as a “former newspaper.” In July of 2018, the New York Times ran a glowing profile on Soros and neglected to mention the fact he gave money to the organization several months prior.
From The Daily Wire’s Hank Berrien:
On Tuesday, The New York Times ran a profile of George Soros, calling him “a full-time philanthropist, political activist and freelance statesman.” As The Washington Free Beacon writes, “The piece celebrates the virtuous goals of his political spending, works to humanize him, and attempts to discredit critics of some of his controversial moves.”
Despite the fact that the positive profile of Soros ran nearly 10,000 words, one small piece of information managed to remain unsaid: Soros invested $3 million in the Times earlier this year, which had been reported by the Free Beacon’s Joe Schoffstall last month.
It’s not as though the Times interviewed Soros after the investment had been acknowledged; Soros Fund Management LLC announced the purchase of New York Times Company stock in a May 15 filing; the Times interviewed Soros two weeks later, then again in July.
As to whether or not Elizabeth Warren is the most qualified person to be president, the polls among Democratic voters seem to be split, with some showing former Vice President Joe Biden in the lead and some showing Warren in the lead. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll published on Thursday, Warren has garnered a 7-point lead over Biden nationally, which may explain why Soros felt compelled to speak so glowingly of her in an interview with his favorite news outlet.
“Twenty-eight percent of Democrats and independent voters who lean Democratic say they intend to support Warren, while 21 percent say they will back former Vice President Joe Biden and 15 percent say they’ll support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.),” reports The Hill. “South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the only other candidate to break double digits, coming in at 10 percent.”