Hollywood doesn't do politics -- at least not politics as it is practiced in the real world. That muddled and muddy system of alternating compromise and confrontation, posturing and horse-trading, simply wouldn't show up on the silver screen -- and, even if it did, presumably nobody would care to watch it
Before Democrat class warfare commandos became obsessed with Bain Capital, they spent many enjoyable hours attacking Koch Industries. Far-left tinfoil hat types love to paint the Koch brothers as supervillains, whose influence on politics is somehow inherently nefarious - unlike, say, hard-left billionaire George Soros. Koch money figures prominently in liberal fairy tales about their electoral defeats
I wrote here about MSNBC s campaign to tie the Koch brothers to George Zimmerman s shooting of Trayvon Martin. That effort was, it is fair to say, insane, but it apparently inspired one or more liberals to take MSNBC s theories a step farther. Someone wrote - I think it was on Facebook - that Koch Industries had paid for Zimmerman's legal defense and/or put up his bail money. Other liberals happily repeated the claim, to the point where Snopes deemed it a rumor worth addressing.
He has written about having sex with an underage girl, and claims he once threatened to kill a pregnant girlfriend unless she had an abortion. He claims to hate marijuana, but recommends heroin as the cure for suburban boredom. He mocks "Tea Baggers" and scorns "hippies." His Russian newspaper was shuttered after a government crackdown, and he's a regular on The Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC.
In response to Warren Buffett s op-ed urging higher taxes on the rich, fellow rich person Charles Koch makes a simple but vital point: "Much of what the government spends money on does more harm than good; this is particularly true over the past several years with the massive uncontrolled increase in government spending. I believe my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington."
Florida State University (FSU) President Barron recently sent a letter to the Faculty Senate Committee asking the body to review the Koch Foundation agreement with the university and its implementation. The final report, which was released last week, went beyond the scope of Barron s request and examined other donors agreements and decisions made by the economics department at FSU. The results of that analysis have been repeatedly confused with the details of the memorandum of understanding with the Koch Foundation as proven by an article published by Inside Higher Ed. This post serves to clarify some of the mistakes being reported by various outlets.
NPR's Renee Montagne apparently didn't take an alleged death threat seriously, as she practically chuckled during a report on Friday's Morning Edition about anti-Koch brothers protesters mistakenly calling a Des Moines, Iowa business named Koch Brothers office supplies.
Koch Brothers Exposed is a multi-media multi-platform creative campaign to expose the billionaire Koch brothers and the ways their money is influencing the narrative, changing regulations and harming our democracy.