Why was this relevant?

June 23, 2009

Soros says worst of global crisis is “behind us”

“Decidedly the worst (of the crisis) is already behind us,” said Soros, a 78-year-old Hungarian-born American with Jewish roots.

Why is it relevant in this article, which is not a profile, that Soros has ‘Jewish roots?’

The answer is that it is not relevant, so why is a respected news organization like Reuters allowing it to appear?

Thanks for any explanation that you can provide.


I found this sentence curious because Mr Soros’ religion seems irrelevant to his economic opinions–unless, of course, one believes that Jews know more about money than gentiles. I could frankly understand mentioning his liberal politics or his opinions about George W Bush. But the fact that he’s Jewish? Strange indeed.


I agree. If we felt this detail was relevant we should have made the reason clear in our story. We didn’t: GBU Editor

George Soros, chairman of the Soros Fund Management and Open Society, speaks during an interview with Reuters in New York April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Soros earned his fame in his vision and ability in meddling world biz. He won a great a victory in heavily pounding the British pound. The worst is over of course, if he can make it less worse. Only his name is relevant.

Posted by Miner | Report as abusive

I don’t agree. The Jewish community as such is very cohesive, extremely slow to assimilate and easily replacing assimilated members from within, unless I’m wrong; it is for many purposes a nation in diaspora, especially for cultural purposes. It’s no less meaningful to talk about Soros’ Jewish ancestry than it is to talk about his other national ancestry. I’m a half-Jewish, half-Scottish, fully-assimilated, all-American mutt myself. I kind of like the Jewish culture; Scottish, maybe I like it but I don’t know it’s Scottish. I’m an atheist, by the way.

Posted by Pete Cann | Report as abusive

seems like everybody finds the mentioning of the jewish ancestry irrelevant to the article.

it’s about as relevant as the fact that he’s Hungarian-born (which is to say not at all).

funnily enough, nobody’s complaining about the relevance of his Hungarian origin.

Posted by Al | Report as abusive

Is it relevant..OMG! Yes, it is obvious that we should use the Israeli means of defining people and states by ethnocentric means. Financial powerhouses like Soros should be a source of pride to those who demand a Jewish state.

Posted by Sarah | Report as abusive