Surprise: George Soros funded the Lancet study

posted at 6:00 pm on January 14, 2008 by Bryan

Well, I guess he got what he paid for — major anti-war agitprop dressed up as scholarship.

A study that claimed 650,000 people were killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq was partly funded by the antiwar billionaire George Soros.

Soros, 77, provided almost half the nearly $100,000 cost of the research, which appeared in The Lancet, the medical journal. Its claim was 10 times higher than consensus estimates of the number of war dead.

The study, published in 2006, was hailed by antiwar campaigners as evidence of the scale of the disaster caused by the invasion, but Downing Street and President George Bush challenged its methodology.

Media Matters for America…MoveOn…now the Lancet study. What anti-war outfit doesn’t Soro$ fund in one way or another.

The scholars insist that Soros’ money didn’t taint their findings. So why didn’t they disclose the fact that Soros was their money-man?

The other day Allahpundit asked “Who benefits?” when news emerged that new doubts were being raised about the Lancet study. Now we know.

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ROFLCOPTERS (as they say) Great screen.

Dash on January 14, 2008 at 6:01 PM

and in a few years we’ll know the back story of Soro$/Paul.

jimmer on January 14, 2008 at 6:03 PM

And this is just now coming out?

Well, color me surprised!

JetBoy on January 14, 2008 at 6:04 PM

Can you imagine this communist lunatic controlling this country through his pawns Hussein Obama and Hildebeast Clinton(though she has numerous masters; Chinese and Saudi’s included)

The general public needs to know how dangerous he is!

HaraldHardrada on January 14, 2008 at 6:05 PM

And first guess as to who plays “Mini Me”…

Why, it’s Dennis Kuchinich!!!

FloridaBill on January 14, 2008 at 6:06 PM

and in a few years we’ll know the back story of Soro$/Paul.

jimmer on January 14, 2008 at 6:03 PM

I totally agree. Soro$ has GOT to have his fingers somewhere in the RP campaign. Eeeewww.

NTWR on January 14, 2008 at 6:08 PM

More importantly, there was a requirement for the report to be released at a specific timepoint; when it would have the most political impact.

Sad to see what used to be a respected publication sell itself out for about $50K. If the National Right to Life group come up with that amount, possibly they’d do a study on the long-term negative pyschological effects of abortions?

michaelo on January 14, 2008 at 6:15 PM

maybe Soros is the one keeping the media from tearing Paul to shreds over the newsletter fiasco.

jp on January 14, 2008 at 6:18 PM

As we at HA know, Soros’s purchasing power on the left is not confined to the anti-war crowd. Soros owns almost all of the ‘progressive’ left, and he defines it’s talking points and actions with his money.

Still he operates largely under public radar, so his credibility is seldom challenged, and his influence grows. Why our guys don’t make it a matter of public outage is beyond me.

petefrt on January 14, 2008 at 6:40 PM

One of the authors of the “study”, Les Roberts, ran for Congress as an anti-Bush Democrat (NY 24th district) in the months prior to the publication of the Lancet report.

Nope, no bias there.

Techie on January 14, 2008 at 6:41 PM

This helps explain why liberals think global warming skepticism, for example, is funded by oil companies and that, ipso facto, renders it invalid.

kmcguire on January 14, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Who is conducting the “War on Science”? Oh, I see …

furytrader on January 14, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Olbermann is called “the worst person in the world” and is but an insignificant noone, with even less influence.

Soros is one of the most dangerous people in the world today, and one of its biggest hypocrits.

Entelechy on January 14, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Here are some more Soros surprises.

Lets not forget that Soros is a big (the biggest???) backer of gun control, including the group that just lost the San Francisco gun ban case.

Question is Soros linked to the Joyce Foundation?

mad saint jack on January 14, 2008 at 7:04 PM

Wow, look at all these crazy conspiracy theories. Soros spends his billions, which is what rich people do, and next thing you know these “Soros truthers” will be saying that Soros placed thermite in the twin towers. Go ahead, show me the pyramid of the Soros illuminati and then maybe a hardcore evangelical can tie it all in with biblical prophecy. Do any of you people who say Soros “owns” the anti war movement think that war is just not popular with some people? You know, when you have a President who goes to war saying that some third world dictator is mobilizing against us by developing WMDs and delivery systems, not just the WMDs we gave him, and that ends up not being the case, and other officials in the administration admit that Bush’s advisers wanted Iraq before 9/11 and even other countries knew that, and everybody seemed to know it except for the American people. You think that has more to do with it than the “Soros conspiracy,” the man responsible for everything apparently. You’d think that some of you were reading Leo Strauss’s conspiracies and old wives tales with some of the crazy stuff these truthers are writing.

LevStrauss on January 14, 2008 at 7:50 PM

Leave George alone! He’s a human!

Grayson on January 14, 2008 at 9:15 PM

Media Matters for America…MoveOn…now the Lancet study. What anti-war outfit doesn’t Soro$ fund in one way or another.

After arguing with some moron global warmists on YouTube the other day who are left with no argument but to say “we should still act, just in case”. Don’t get me wrong, they were still believers, but this is their way to appeal to me… a “denier”. While there are plenty of arguments against the “risk management” global warmist argument (like, if global warming is natural [and it is], then “action” would be going against nature and is actually MORE risky), I don’t disagree with looking for “alternative energy”, because speculation BS is going to keep oil prices high (largely based on the BOGUS idea that oil is a finite resource and claims that we’re “running out”). Even though there is plenty of oil, you just can’t fight that “peak oil” machine.

Now, here’s my tie in to Soros. I believe in finding alternative fuels. Again, not because of global warming, but that doesn’t matter. I’m on the same page with the warmists when it comes to alternative fuel… but to not get stomped out by the oil companies, you’d have to have some serious cash behind you. Now, you know liars like Gore and the Kennedys aren’t going to really do anything… But why isn’t Soros leading the charge and coming with with a viable alternative fuel?

RightWinged on January 14, 2008 at 10:19 PM


Good point. Now I don’t think people “own” whole movements per se, but I can see the idea that he would get sweet payoffs via government money, since he is a global businessman and can buy influence in many governments, would want this to be a government funded initiative. If it happens in the market the product itself and the efficiency of operation affects the profits and it is competing with other companies and entrepreneurs. If it happens via the public sector, efficiency is not important, and the consumer suffers, but those getting the funding stand to make a lot world wide.

LevStrauss on January 14, 2008 at 10:35 PM

That thumbnail is is a keeper!

CliffHanger on January 14, 2008 at 11:49 PM

The thumbnail is a keeper but the person is a looser.

I understand that Mr. George Soros has been accused of making big money a few years ago-about a 1/16″ to big.

Also, I caution those accepting large sums of money from Mr. George Soros. The last time a stack of money he handed out was found not to have consecutive serial numbers-they all had the same serial number.

MSGTAS on January 15, 2008 at 9:17 AM