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A Fox show called out Gingrich for anti-Soros rhetoric. Then its host apologized

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JTA — An exchange Wednesday on a Fox News show struck many as remarkable: Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker, blamed “George Soros’ money” for violence in American cities before being shut down by two other panelists on “Outnumbered.”

The next day saw an apology — from the show for not letting Gingrich finish.

Depicting Soros — the Jewish American Holocaust survivor, financier and liberal megadonor — as US President Donald Trump’s chief opponent and the source of America’s ills has become increasingly common among Republicans. He has been lambasted on Fox several times.

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Fox News guests and hosts have, like Gingrich, blamed Soros for the unrest and violence accompanying protests this summer. Others have called him a “puppet master,” falsely blamed him for the migrant caravans in 2018 and talked of the “Soros-occupied State Department.” In one instance, a sitting congressman repeated the false claim that Soros helped perpetrate the Holocaust. (Fox apologized for the last two.) George Soros at the Joseph A. Schumpeter award ceremony in Vienna, Austria, June 21, 2019 (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Anti-Semitism watchdogs have cautioned against rhetoric demonizing Soros, saying it perpetuates anti-Semitic conspiracy theories........

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