Bruce Levenson’s Former NBA Ownership And Philanthropic Organizations He’s Founded

Bruce Levenson may have stepped down unexpectedly in 2015 from the Atlanta Hawks’ owners box, but he’s put the team in good hands with the sale to Tony Ressler’s group. According to ESPN, some have said that Levenson even oversold the Hawks for greater than their actual market worth at the time, but being an entrepreneur and an established dealmaker has allowed Levenson to drive the profits very high when running a business. Levenson had become the Atlanta Hawks’ owner in 2004 when he and his business partner Ed Peskowitz had purchased the majority of their shares and formed Atlanta Spirit, LLC.

Bruce Levenson was born in Washington D.C. and received his formal education at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and later his J.D. at American University’s law school. Despite having a J.D., Levenson never actually practiced law because journalism became his primary interest. Levenson started a publishing company along with Peskowitz right in his own apartment, and soon they found a demand growing for more researched journals from business clients. So they took the profits and developed a major publications business that became known as United Communications Group (UCG). UCG publishes information about government regulations, energy and oil prices, healthcare and mortgage banking. They also own several prominent apps including GasBuddy.

Levenson is a trustee at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. His mother-in-law is a survivor of the event and Levenson has helped start the museum’s “Bringing the Lessons Home” program to teach young people about the importance of the event and making sure it doesn’t happen again. Levenson also took the Atlanta Hawks team to the museum once to hear his mother-in-law’s story. Levenson has also given back to Washington D.C. through supporting and sitting on the boards of several community scholarship organizations. Levenson and the Anti-Defamation League also orchestrated the Concert Against Hate a couple years ago.

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On George Soros and Wikileaks – Glenn Beck 2.0

George Soros, the Hungarian-born businessman cum philanthropist, has come under fire once again from the right wing. Known the world over for his progressive agenda, Soros has worked tirelessly for prison and transgender rights in Russia, angering Moscow and drawing ire from Vladimir Putin himself. The latest George Soros conspiracy involved the leak of George Soros emails, most likely by Russia, meant to tarnish his philanthropic causes–most notably the Soros Foundation. These efforts share a common theme with a history of vicious, anti-semitic attacks by the right wing against Soros, and reek of retaliation.

Of the many conspiracy theories that orbit George Soros, the most notable is perhaps the “Glenn Beck conspiracy,” which arose from a 3-hour special Beck ran on Fox News in 2010. One of Fox News’ biggest draws, Beck claimed that Soros “had to go around confiscating property of Jewish people.” Without explicitly using the words, Beck essentially called George Soros an anti-semitic traitor, further evinced by his use of a quote from the New Yorker, taken out of context, where Soros said “My mother was quite anti-semitic, and ashamed of being jewish.”

Not only was Beck factually incorrect, as discussed by just about every critic who watched his special, he denounced the actions of a 14-year-old boy who was attempting to survive the Holocaust. It is incredibly tone deaf for Beck to attempt to characterize a teenager under conditions of extreme duress, beyond anything that he himself has or will ever experience. Making a value judgment on the actions of a child whose life is in real danger seems something capable only of those who do not care about even projecting the image of fairness.

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What is also clear from Beck’s special is that he was attempting to portray George Soros as a totalitarian Nazi sympathizer without actually saying it. Through suggestion and innuendo, Beck twisted facts like the forgery of some documents by Soros’ father to escape the Holocaust to vilify and demonize the actions of a teenager of 14.

Mirroring Beck’s inaccurate and biased piece half a decade ago is the current atmosphere of criticism based on the George Soros Wikileaks controversy. In response to the George Soros emails that have leaked, pro-Israel, right-wing pundit Pamela Gellar has called Soros “the black hand” and accused him of being evil. This kind of far-reaching hyperbole is par for the course for Soros detractors who will seize upon any opportunity to attack a man who is otherwise untouchable due to his wealth.

The George Soros Wikileaks story is still unfolding, but it is clear that the denouncements made against Soros by the right wing have to be parsed through a lens of anti-Semitism and anger that has festered due to their inability to counter Soros’ liberal agenda. This new George Soros conspiracy has become a new excuse to throw wild accusations against the man without fact-checking first. When reading through the commentary on the George Soros Wikileaks controversy, it is important to keep Glenn Beck’s disaster of a television special in mind.

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