The former director of the Open Society Foundation, Andrei Nosko, admits to his unfair, biased campaign against Hungary and Poland in a lengthy Skype interview published by the Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet.
The editors of the Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet reported that the newspaper had recently received a lot of documents from an unidentified e-mail address. Among them was a few-hour-long interview with a certain Andrei Nosko.
Andrei Nosko received a doctorate in political science from the George Soros Central European University. Until 2018 he worked as director and then head of the department at the Open Society Foundation. His tasks included overseeing the awarding of grants to think tanks at the European department of the Open Society Foundation (OSF). He was also responsible for personnel and, according to the materials, had an annual budget of $10 million. Nosko is currently the Europe director of PILnet in Budapest.
In the interview obtained by Magyar Nemzet, Nosko reveals many surprising things. Surprisingly, people associated with the Soros network usually do not mention such issues.
The anatomy of manipulation
Answering a question about the reasons behind the focus of international media in Hungary and Poland, the former director of OSF admits that most press reports paint a distorted picture of these two countries.
“I do not think that the link between Hungary and Poland is in itself too fair. Like other countries in the region, these two countries have their own problems, but they are different. Let’s consider Poland and Hungary, for example. We see a completely different style of leadership, a different economic structure, and different relations between the government and civil society,” said Nosko.
According to Nosko, this is due to a decline in the quality of European media.
“This problem can be illustrated by the fact that there are far fewer foreign correspondents in the mainstream media dealing with the affairs of a larger number countries,” he said.
He explained that this, in turn, led to the intellectual laziness of the mainstream media, which also played a central role in the development of the phenomenon outlined above.
“This leads to a situation where it is effortless to blame Poland and Hungary without any real argument,” emphasized the former director of OSF, pointing out that media reports are biased.
Nosko admitted that foreign correspondents usually asked the organization if it could recommend someone to comment on specific topics when he worked at OSF. The referrals that journalists contacted were biased to varying degrees and usually recommended their colleagues – people with similar views to their own.
“I have had the opportunity to hire journalists many times to promote the materials of befriended think tanks,” admitted Nosko, who believes that the language itself also makes it relatively easy to misrepresent what is happening in Hungary.
“Few foreign journalists speak Hungarian, so they cannot talk to ordinary people, for example, and they cannot read local information,” he explained.
“I say this from my own experience as I knew many correspondents who could neither speak nor read Hungarian,” said the former OSF director, adding that these people could only rely on second-hand information.
Nosko also pointed out that these second-hand sources of information are often highly biased on many issues, including the legitimacy of the Hungarian government. For example, according to him, it is typical not to mention that the Hungarian cabinet is very popular nowadays with the vast majority of the population.
“Instead, they say the government maintains its power by restricting freedom,” reports the activist.