While financier George Soros’ fortune has long been linked to controversial leftist causes, two Fox News Channel personalities made it clear that they did not want his name mentioned during a recent on-air segment.
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) was interrupted and cut off during an appearance on the network earlier this week after bringing up Soros as part of a discussion about ongoing civil unrest, as reported by The Hill. The incident, which elicited an on-air apology by co-host Harris Faulkner the following day, took place on Wednesday’s broadcast of Outnumbered.
Gingrich, a frequent Fox News contributor, was attempting to link Soros’ reported financial backing of liberal prosecutors to the uptick in violent crime in communities across the U.S. As Politico reported as far back as 2016, Soros has been a known financial backer of a wider push to elect progressive prosecutors.
“Progressive district attorneys are anti-police, pro-criminal, and overwhelmingly elected with George Soros’s money,” he said. “And they’re a major cause of the violence we’re seeing because they keep putting the violent criminals back on the street.”
Co-host Melissa Francis interjected, declaring that she was “not sure we need to bring Geroge Soros into this.”
Faulkner, who had been moderating the segment, attempted to give Gingrich another chance to have “the last word,” but co-host Marie Harf would soon interrupt him again.
“He paid for it,” Gingrich continued, attempting to discuss the “millions of dollars” Soros has donated.
“I agree with Melissa”
“No, he didn’t,” Harf insisted. “I agree with Melissa. George Soros doesn’t need to be a part of this conversation.”
The incident drew some attention via social media throughout Wednesday evening and Faulkner issued an apology on Thursday.
“So, we had a little incident on the show yesterday that was not smooth,” she said. “And while I was leading that segment, we had interruptions, and I sat silently while all of that played out. Also not ideal.”
Faulkner went on to assert that Gingrich, “who is beloved and needed to be allowed to speak with the openness and respect that this show is all about, was interrupted.”
While she maintained that co-hosts “don’t censor on this show,” critics might maintain that is exactly what they allowed to happen to their guest this week.