The right-wing, oil-baron Koch brothers haven’t yet succeeded in taking over any of our nation’s major newspapers, so in the meantime they’re trying other tactics to influence news coverage of their activities. The Washington Post has a chilling report: When environmental journalist David Sassoon began reporting about the billionaire Koch brothers’ interests in the Canadian oil industry last year, he sought information from their privately held conglomerate, Koch Industries. Here’s how the Koch brothers retaliate against journalists they don’t like
6 Reasons Charles Koch Is Full of Crap This past week, Charles Koch, one half of the infamous Koch brothers, penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. Unsurprisingly, Koch believes (or at least wants us to believe) that his selfish, capitalist ways represent the true American spirit and that he should be championed as a protector of liberties. Go ahead and read his essay, and then when you’re done pounding your head against the wall, let’s take a look at some of the quotes that make the rest of us so angry: 1. Koch resents being labeled “un-American,” saying that his personal principles are the most American of all. “I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives.”
A recent George Washington University battleground poll of 1,000 registered “likely” voters found just over half (52 percent) had never heard of sleazy oil tycoons Charles and David Koch (pronounced “Coke,” guys!). The good news is 1-in-4 voters knew enough to have an “unfavorable” view of the billionaire bros. And Democrats in particular are wise to the Kochs’ dirty energy-loving 1 percentism, according to Politico: Half of voters have no idea who the Koch brothers are — so here’s a quick and dirty primer
It’s Election Day, and the Koch brothers have more votes than you do When you fantasize about what you would do if you inherited a vast fortune, what do you think of? Vacation homes? Private jets? How about influencing electoral outcomes in towns of 20,000 that you will never set foot in? Well, if you find that last one odd, clearly you aren’t a Koch brother. David and Charles Koch have turned their attention to obscure local races, The New York Times reports.
For Immediate Release, October 31, 2013 Contact: Kierán Suckling, (520) 275-5960 Notorious Koch Brothers Win 2013 Rubber Dodo Award TUCSON, Ariz.— The Koch Brothers, an ultra-secret and super-rich duo that shamelessly funnels money to the climate-denier movement and campaigns to ram through the Keystone XL pipeline, are the lucky recipients of the Center for Biological Diversity’s 2013 Rubber Dodo Award, given annually to those who have done the most to drive endangered species extinct. Previous winners include climate denier James Inhofe (2012), the U.S. Notorious Koch Brothers Win 2013 Rubber Dodo Award
LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Philippe Bernard "Ne laissez pas le gouvernement jouer au docteur !" Ce message dénonçant la loi Obama sur l’assurance santé, concluait une vidéo choc qui a fait le buzz sur Internet en septembre. Un Oncle Sam menaçant, figurant l’intrusion de l’Etat, y surgissait entre les jambes d’une femme en plein examen gynécologique. Au même moment, un tweet alarmant – "Obamacare est une catastrophe" – se répandait sur les réseaux sociaux, tandis que des élus en difficulté dans leur circonscription recevaient des avertissements liés à leurs positions sur l'assurance santé. Les frères Koch, les milliardaires derrière le "shutdown"
Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor By Rebecca Leber "Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor" A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people. According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth. On Wednesday, the Charles Koch Foundation launched a $200,000 media campaign in Wichita, Kansas, with a hint of expanding it elsewhere. It is the Kochs’ biggest media buy since they promised to do more to “persuade politicians” after suffering losses in the 2012 election.
Carbon-tax proposals are going nowhere in Congress, but the Koch brothers aren’t taking any chances. A few non-office-holding Republicans and a few actual-office-holding Democrats are calling for a carbon tax, but the current Congress would never pass one, and even the Obama administration has said it doesn’t want one. Still, a grandstanding Republican representative, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, is pushing a House resolution declaring that “a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy” and “to American families and businesses,” and that it would “fall hardest on the poor, the elderly, and those on fixed incomes.” (Never mind that many carbon-tax proposals are designed specifically to ease burdens on low-income Americans. Koch brothers hire lobbyists to fight carbon tax, save poor and old people
UPDATE: It looks like Steve Mufson and Juliet Eilperin, the authors of the Washington Post article upon which this post was based, are backing down on their claims — sort of. The Koch brothers have leases on a confirmed 1.1 million acres of Alberta tar sands, and the article’s authors cite unnamed “industry sources we consider highly authoritative” who estimate that amount of land to be closer to two million acres. Mufson and Eilperin claim that if the latter figure is accurate, the Koch brothers are indeed the largest lease-holders in the region. However, Jonathan Adler, a columnist for the Washington Post, indicates that it’s possible that Canadian Natural Resources holds leases on 2.5 million acres of tar-sands land, which would exceed even the Kochs’ theoretical holdings. You can read Mufson and Eilperin’s fairly half-hearted mea culpa here, and Adler’s response to the original article here. The Brothers Koch quietly become largest tar-sands lease holders in Alberta (UPDATED)
Dirty Kochs will dish out millions for polluting this Texas town The U.S. Department of Justice just slapped another polluter around. Yesterday, Justice officials ordered the Koch brothers-owned Flint Hills Resources company to pay $350,000 in Clean Air Act fines for spewing thousands of tons of hazardous air pollutants from one of its chemical plants in Port Arthur, Texas. The company must also spend upwards of $30 million on equipment upgrades to reduce its emissions for particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, and carbon monoxide — agents of asthma, lung disease, and death, respectively.
L’intérêt particulier contre l’intérêt général. C’est à cela que ressemble la politique aux États-Unis. Tous les quatre ans, les candidats se fabriquent à coup de millions de dollars, à coup de spots anti ou pro tel candidat. Et contrairement à l’idée reçue, ce ne sont pas les lobbyistes qui courent vers Washington, mais bien les élus locaux qui ont besoin d’argent. Un système terrible où un congressiste moyen doit générer 18 000 dollars par jour. L’Amérique qui flippe ou l’Amérique qui floppe ? (9
Kochs Team Up With Scott Brown, Mitt Romney To Destroy Democracy Republican want to gain control of the Senate as much as they want the White House. And nowhere is this more apparent than Massachusetts where, despite earlier pledges by Sen. Scott Brown (R) to run a clean race, a whole lot of dark and dirty money has been flowing to his campaign, courtesy of the Koch brothers.
Koch Bros. Feelings Hurt By New Galifianakis Comedy Zach Galifianakis stars with Will Ferrell in a new political comedy “The Campaign” and has apparently struck a nerve with the Koch brothers. In the movie, Ferrell plays an incumbent Congressman who is running in what is supposed to be an uncontested race. But then the wealthy “Motch” brothers, played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow finance a lovable buffoon of candidate played by Galifianakis to run against Ferrell and, if the writers and actors do their job, hilarity ensues. While doing press for the film the Galifianakis confirmed the “Motch” brothers in the film are stand-ins for the Koch brothers, and recently said about this about the billionaire conservative political financiers, “I disagree with everything they do. They are creepy and there is no way around that. It’s not freedom what they are doing.”
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The revolution won’t be televised and, if the Koch brothers have their way, it won’t even make it into print. According to a new report by Media Matters For America, the Koch brothers have entered the local news market via the purchase and control of state news Web sites. They are doing this through a front called the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a multimillion-dollar organization whose Websites and affiliates provide free statehouse reporting to local newspapers and other media across the country. The organization is funded by major conservative donors with deep ties to groups affiliated with the Koch brothers and brags about its ability to fill the void created by state newsroom layoffs. Koch Bros. Get Into Local News Business
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