George Soros Off NGO Monitor’s Holiday List
Gerald Steinberg, the head of right-wing propaganda outlet NGO Monitor, is not happy about George Soros’ recent $100 million gift to Human Rights Watch:
In accepting a huge grant from George Soros, Human Rights Watch has spurned the public advice (and warning) offered nearly a year ago by its founder Robert Bernstein. Rather than grapple with the serious problems of credibility and bias, HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth has cemented relations with Soros — a partisan ideologue who also supports Moveon.org, a controversial advocacy group.
The bias is indisputable: HRW’s publications on “Israel and the Occupied Territories” made up 28 percent of its total Mideast output in 2009.
Which makes it a fine fit for George Soros, whose own biases are well-established. In the Middle East, for example, his Open Society Institute exclusively supports advocacy groups that campaign internationally to undermine the elected governments of Israel — organizations such as Adalah, Peace Now, Breaking the Silence, Gisha and Yesh Din.
In extending his control over HRW, Soros seeks to increase its staff by 40 percent, reposition it as a major international player and restore its influence as an arbiter on universal human rights. But while his grant will alleviate the crisis caused by HRW’s declining income, it only deepens the moral crisis.
The fact that Steinberg attacks Moveon.org, a middle-of-the-road progressive organization, tells you all you need to know about his and NGO Monitor’s extremism. But Steinberg’s claim that Soros is “extending his control over HRW” is truly laughable, given that — as I’ve documented before — NGO Monitor steadfastly conceals the source of its own funding. We have no idea who controls NGO Monitor by funding it, and Steinberg is not about to tell us. HRW, by contrast, has been nothing but open about Soros’ donation.
An NGO that claims to promote “transparency” that is completely non-transparent. Moral crisis, indeed!