Koch-funded Reason Magazine Amazed By Reasonable Answers From Climate Activists

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 12:17 pm

There is an unfortunate tradition amongst ideological media of interviewing average Americans at a rally whose ideas they oppose and asking slanted questions to make the demonstrators look foolish and ill-informed. It occurs both among the right and the left and is cheap and obnoxious in both instances. Typically the average demonstrator is not schooled in the media vernacular that the oh-so-savvy interviewer is using and expresses themselves inexpertly and inarticulately. In many cases the statements are neither inarticulate nor inexpert they just do not fit within the concision limits of a highly edited interview segment.

 

A Darker Side of Dark Money: Negative Ads Are Just the Start

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 6:56 pm

People in media and politics love dark money, especially if they are gettin’ some. -Spocko

On Fresh Air yesterday they talked to campaign expert Neil Oxman about making political ads. He talks about how much money congressional campaigns spend on TV and how much it costs today.

Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules

By: Friday August 8, 2014 6:00 pm

On July 30, the Republican minority of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, headed by Sen. David Vitter, released a report titled “The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA.”

Critics of the report say it is propaganda designed to skewer the Obama EPA and environmental philanthropists for “conspiring to help the environment.”

Vitter’s chief source of campaign cash is the oil and gas industry and he recently called the billionaire Koch Brothers “two of the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth.”

The Chat With Koch Bros Biographer, the Koch-Kansas Crisis & the IRS’ Duty

By: Monday August 4, 2014 3:25 pm

n case you missed yesterday’s chat with Daniel Schulman, author of Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, check out the question and answer archive from two hours of engaging with FireDogLake Book Salon users.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Schulman, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

By: Sunday August 3, 2014 1:59 pm

Mainstream political understanding in the United States is increasingly informed by the perception that our elections and lives are being determined by the outsized spending of millionaires and billionaires we will never meet. The poster boys of plutocracy are the subject of this year’s book by Mother Jones senior editor Daniel Schulman in Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty.

With a timely release, considering our current national zeitgeist and upcoming midterm elections, Sons of Wichita has been received and celebrated with a twist: Schulman’s tomb of “Kochology” has been received with surprise for its non-condemning tone. The Daily Show host Jon Stewart joked “these Koch brothers almost seem human,” in an interview with Schulman.

Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty – Book Salon Preview

By: Sunday August 3, 2014 11:00 am

“Not long after the death of his father, Charles Koch, then in his early 30s, discovered a letter the family patriarch had written to his sons. “You will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money,” Fred Koch cautioned. “It may either be a blessing or a curse.”"

“Fred’s legacy would become a blessing and a curse to his four sons-Frederick, Charles, and fraternal twins David and Bill-who in the ensuing decades fought bitterly over their birthright, the oil and cattle-ranching empire their father left behind in 1967. Against a backdrop of scorched-earth legal skirmishes, Charles and David built Koch Industries into one of the largest private corporations in the world-bigger than Boeing and Disney-and they rose to become two of the wealthiest men on the planet.”

Movies the Koch Brothers Don’t Want Us to See

By: Friday June 27, 2014 6:30 pm

Citizen Koch is a documentary by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, who co-directed the Hurricane Katrina movie Trouble the Water. It was filmed during the battle between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and organized labor that culminated in the unsuccessful attempt to recall Walker, and an earlier version premiered at the Sundance Festival in January 2013. We’re now seeing Citizen Koch in commercial theaters more than a year after its debut at Sundance.

The film originally was to be titled Citizen Corp, focused on the aftermath of the Citizen’s United ruling that allowed nearly unlimited corporate spending on issue campaigns, and was intended for broadcast on PBS.

Leading Climate Change Skeptic Bjorn Lomborg Taking Big Oil and Koch Money

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 10:05 am

Bjorn Lomborg has made a name for himself going around the world denying the severity of climate change. Unlike more extreme denialists such as Senator Inhofe, Lomborg does not claim climate change is an outright hoax. Instead, Lomborg does his best to present himself as a reasonable, learned skeptic claiming the effects of climate change will not come as soon nor be as severe as predicted by most scientists.

Lomborg’s best-selling 2001 book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, whose sequel served in part as the basis for the 2010 documentary film Cool It, sought to cast doubt on many concerns of the modern environmentalist movement including climate change.

The Hyper-Wealthy Own Us (Literally)

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 8:03 am

Last year eight Americans — the four Waltons of Walmart fame, the two Koch brothers, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett — made more money than 3.6 million American minimum wage workers combined

What Do Barack Obama and the Koch Brothers Agree On? The Smarter Sentencing Act

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:00 am

There aren’t many things that Barack Obama, Eric Holder, the Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist, Ted Cruz and Sheldon Whitehouse agree on.

But one of those rare things is the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bill that has support from members of all parties in both houses of Congress — but is currently stuck there for no other reason than partisan gridlock.

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