George Soros threatens to sue Sun Media after Nazi comment

George Soros threatens to sue Sun Media after Nazi comment

George Soros (Image: World Economic Forum)

Remember last week’s dust-up between Antonia Zerbisias and Ezra Levant? It was over one of Levant’s columns, published in the Toronto Sun, that accused billionaire Avaaz funder George Soros of some pretty nasty stuff relating to Soros’s time living under Nazi occupation in Hungary. The ensuing argument got sour very quickly, as Twitter fights are wont to do, but the upshot of it all is that when Zerbisias counselled Levant about making libellous statements, she was being eerily prescient. Soros is now threatening to sue the pants off Sun Media.

The Globe and Mail reports:

Billionaire George Soros is threatening to sue the Sun Media chain over a column penned by a conservative gadfly expected to play a key role in the media giant’s Sun TV venture.

Soros spokesman Michael Vachon said the chair of Soros Fund Management was deeply upset by a early September Sun Media column by right-wing activist and author Ezra Levant.

In the piece, which has since been removed from Sun chain news websites, Mr. Levant offered his opinion of how Mr. Soros, a Hungarian Jew born in 1930, survived the Nazis.

It’s true—if you follow the old link to Levant’s piece you get a charming 404 error page. This might be the first part in the retraction-apology two-step that newspapers sometimes do. Billionaires, it turns out, have a lot of money. And they’re not afraid to spend some of their pocket change on fancy lawyers.

Not that we want to tell another publication how to do their jobs, but perhaps if the Sun finds itself with the choice of whether to call a billionaire a Nazi collaborator or not, they’ll opt for “no.”

We can’t say it enough: Godwin’s not just a good idea—it’s the law.

• Billionaire Soros threatening to sue Sun Media [Globe and Mail]