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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-10 09:15 PM
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Media Matters: Examiner writers attended secret Koch meeting

Examiner writers attended secret Koch meeting

by Terry Krepel

Earlier, we detailed how Glenn Beck credited conservative billionaire Charles Koch for information he used to attack Al Gore -- but not that he received that information at a secret strategy meeting the previous weekend hosted by Koch and his brother, David. But Beck is not the only media figure taking their cues from the Kochs at that meeting.

Also on the guest list (obtained by Think Progress) of conservative activists at the Kochs June gathering -- at which strategies for the 2010 midterm elections were plotted -- were two Washington Examiner writers, senior political analyst Michael Barone and senior political columnist Tim Carney. Thats a hefty representation for such a lower profile newspaper (The Wall Street Journal, by comparison, had only one representative, Steve Moore.) Their attendance presumably had approval from the top; after all, Examiner owner Philip Anschutz was there as well, as were executives from Anschutzs oil interests, according to Think Progress.

Interestingly, Carney recently penned a defense of the Kochs. In a September 1 column, Carney wrote that the Kochs and any of us advocating a free market are trying to make the world a better place -- not just for business, but for the poor.

Carney disclosed that, in addition to Charles Koch introducing his speech at a fancy dinner, The Koch-created Institute for Humane Studies has, over the past two years, paid me on a few occasions to speak to various audiences (and also to mentor interns). The Koch-funded Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute have also hosted book talks for me. But Carney didnt disclose his attendance at the secret Koch confab two months earlier.

Why? The Kochs didnt want him to. From a New York Times article on the twice-yearly Koch meetings:

The Kochs insist on strict confidentiality surrounding the California meetings, which are entitled Understanding and Addressing Threats to American Free Enterprise and Prosperity. The letter advises participants that it is closed to the public, including the news media, and admonishes them not to post updates or information about the meeting on the Web, blogs, social media or traditional media, and to be mindful of the security and confidentiality of your meeting notes and materials.

In an October 20 blog post responding to the disclosure, Carney admits that the fancy dinner he referenced in September was, in fact, the secret Koch retreat, and that he was invited to speak on the condition of confidentiality.

But should people who purport to be journalists be taking part in events that theyve been ordered to keep silent about, even with the imprimatur of their boss? Maybe Carney and Barone should explain why they apparently dont feel bound by the disclosure rules that journalistic ethics demand.

The Examiner, of course, has been a faithful promoter of the onservative agenda, so much so that it overshadows its ostensible function as a real newspaper. With Anschutz apparently aligning his political agenda with that of the Kochs -- and, as Barones and Carneys attendance suggests, the Examiners editorial agenda as well -- its just one billionaire helping out another.





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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-10 09:24 PM
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1. Smelly Kroch brothers. So what was discussed?
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-10 10:01 PM
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2. More
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-10 10:52 PM
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3. I've seen this movie. It's called "Meet John Doe". Pick up a copy.
Edited on Wed Oct-20-10 10:53 PM by Tarheel_Dem
These Koch guys have purchased our media, and actually convinced "the little guy" that they're looking out for their best interests. I must say, I enjoyed it much more as a movie. This shit is scary.
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-21-10 06:39 AM
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4. Howie Kurtz would be saying that's just the way Corp Media does bidness today
Like the rest of Newspaper advertising, this article space and it's content is subject to the HIGHEST bidder.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-21-10 08:51 AM
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5. The Media Incestuousness with Big Business has grown so huge that
that everything we read has to be taken as having some edge of propaganda from Think Tanks. Even Center for American Progress is a Think Tank...

This is a great expose by them, though.
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-21-10 09:05 AM
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6. Something just hit me in reading about these secret meetings...
I remember reading about secret meetings held twice/year when I was going through articles on the BFEE. I don't recall which article/book, but it said the meetings were so secret, people weren't notified until the last minute where, when, etc. They couldn't bring in pad/pencil or say anything about what happened in the meetings. My memory is good enough to remember THAT, but I can't recall if any names were mentioned.

I'm sure they have had little boy-club meetings for years, but I'm wondering if the Koch brothers were part of these secret "reunions" of the rich and evil?

Anyone know what I'm talking about? Refresh an old, tired brain.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-21-10 09:18 PM
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7. Examiner article on NPR
Edited on Thu Oct-21-10 09:18 PM by ProSense
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