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mojowork_n Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-12-11 05:10 PM
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Big Brothers Buy... Big Media {Charles & David Koch}
From today's Counterpunch

September 12, 2011

Big Brothers Buy in at Big Media
The Koch Whisperers


A CounterPunch Special Report /

"...according to tax records obtained through the assistance of, Donors Capital sluiced over $130 million into the Kochtopi in 2008 and 2009, with massive sums going to fund news bureaus in dozens of states. (Apparently, as Brad Friedman exposed at Mother Jones recently, when Charles Koch stated at his secret Colorado bash in June of this year that the upcoming presidential campaign would be the mother of all wars over the next 16 months, he already had his boots on the ground in Donors Capital-funded newsrooms around the country.) Next to each notation of funding for a news bureau there frequently appears another line item that reads for transparency project. It takes an Orwellian brand of tartuffery to be running an ultra secretive slush fund and telling the IRS its for transparency projects....

...A review of documents and tax records for the dizzying, interconnected web of corporate front groups, frequently created, supported and influenced by Charles or David Koch, shows just how dangerous these groups espousing free markets and liberty have become to a free society. The game plan is to devalue the rights of actual citizens by seeking human voices dangling from a corporate marionette string, that might be willing for the right amount of cash incentive to broadcast the Orwellian reverse-speak: liberty means more liberty for corporations (corporate serfdom for real citizens); freedom means corporate freedom to privatize national resources, pollute the environment and fleece the consumer with impunity; free market means the freedom to draw a dark curtain around how the corporations are actually screwing us and stealing our liberty....

...The Koch brothers decision to create a nonprofit network dates back to 1977 when Charles Koch founded the Cato Institute, an organization the Koch foundations continue to fund....

It's not just the Kochtopi. There are other names, other astro-turf groups, and other funding sources one would have to trace.

Just before the recall elections here in Wisconsin, about a month ago, an investigative reporter at The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote a detailed look at just one of these "news bureaus." It's called, "Media Trackers." Their activities go beyond just issuing press releases and serving as a mouthpiece for conservative outlets like the Bradley Foundation. These agencies also perform "political advocacy work, such as filing complaints with regulators."

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mojowork_n Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 12:41 PM
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1. Found sort of an update, or follow-up, today
Edited on Tue Sep-13-11 12:47 PM by mojowork_n
From the "finest news source" east of Minsk, the eXile: /

...Slates David Weigel is one of the few libertarian media figures who at least has had the courtesy to disclose, on occasion, his past relationships with Koch-funded outfits (Institute for Humane Studies, Reason Magazine). But half-disclosures can be deceiving....

On yesterdays breaking story from Mother Jones exposing the Kochs secretive meeting and the names on the list of their Million-Dollar Donors Club, Weigel laughed knowingly and dismissed the hullaballoo with the all-knowing sneer of a graying, grizzled veteran reporter: ...No surprise indeed. This is a classic example of the David Weigel Koch-Defense Strategy: Declare its no surprise, roll contemptuous all-knowing eyes at all the rest of us excitable novice reporters who clearly dont get it. We should feel lame, we who are given to hysteria when we read about the Kochs and their billionaire friends anti-democracy arrogance and power, and their smarmy bigotry towards Obama (not to mention the appalling provincialism of their hate, right down to the Birther/Teabagger Muslim-baiting).

Thats no surprise to Weigel. And he wants us to think its no surprise too. So rather than focus attention on what every reporter and his dog knows is the real storythe rare glimpse of the oligarchy unplugged and unmediated, provided by the Mother Jones scoopWeigel flaps his arms to distract his Slate readers: First, by claiming theres no story in the Mother Jones scoop; and then, once thats established, by pretending that a real ace investigative reporter (such as Weigel) looks at that material and spots the real buried lede herethe Anna Nicole Smith-Koch connection..."

Pretty sneaky, that... the Real Story is so much more photogenic. (Photo courtesy of, thank you very much.)

...almost identical to his {Wiegel's} quasi-jaded reaction a year ago, when details emerged about last years secret billionaires Koch Cartel meeting in Aspen. Most Americans who read about that secret Koch oligarchy-gathering were shocked; not Old Man Weigel, whos seen it all, n done it all:

    The Banality of the Koch Conspiracy

  • Indeed, the Kochs secret meeting in June with investors and high-profile journalists was written about at the time by Tim Carney, who has another take on it today. The details of who shows up at such things are sort of interesting. The fact that these things happen is completely banal elevating it is really just the lefts revenge for a decade or so of the right attempting to scandalize and criminalize the influence that George Soros and other billionaires have on Democrats.

Its like reading a fashion blogger commenting on a hipsters open-toed ankle-boots, only applied to the world of power and corruption. Gawd, youre so banal! Youre so two seasons ago, omigawd!

Every time someone shines a light on the Kochs democracy-killing power and influence, the jaded 29-year-old-going-on-92-year-old David Weigel grows wearier and wearier... ...{When}the Nation and the Center for Media and Democracy published a powerful and in-depth investigation into another Koch-backed outfit, ALEC... ...most Americans were shocked to discover how deeply their state legislatures were in the pockets of corporate interests.... David Weigel shrugged and rolled his eyes...

...Yes, its the least surprising news ever. In the history of unsurprising news. Now, Anna Nicole Smith, a celebrity on drugs, mixing with a billionaire whose son did business with Charles that's a story!

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