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Steve Kroft of '60 Minutes' penned an article critical of George Soros?

Published Oct 3, 2012

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Steve Kroft of CBS' 60 Minutes penned an article critical of George Soros.

The text reproduced above is the introductory section of an Internet-circulated version of a critical article about Hungarian-American business magnate George Soros. Although the piece has long been distributed with an introduction attributing authorship to CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, he did not write any portion of it. The original was an article penned by Jim O'Neill and published on 15 September 2009 under the title "Soros: Republic Enemy #1." (That original version drew its information from a variety of sources which are hyperlinked within the article itself.)

The confusion arose because the original quoted a few lines from Steve Kroft's interview with George Soros for the 20 December 1998 broadcast of 60 Minutes, and somewhere along the line a reader mistook that as an indication Kroft was the author of the entire article.

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