***UPDATE*** ***UPDATE*** Look who’s come to see me!
So far, these guys have been able to avoid any major media scrutiny. The MSM has religiously avoided reporting on (1.) their 100% ownership of “Tea Party” movements in most states, (2.) their ownership of the Governors of Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, (3.) their family history of Fascism (Daddy founded the John Birch Society,) and (4.) that David, by all appearances, was on the rolodex of a pimp for those who like ‘em really young. What is it with Klanbaggers and pedophiles anyway? They take their marching orders from a dope addict pedophile in Florida, they worship a mediocre guitar player/chickenhawk/serial pedophile named Nugent, and their entire movement is bankrolled by a guy who appears to have been a pal of a pedophile pimp. Really….. am I the only one who is bothered by this?
Where was I? Oh yeah… it appears that the Koch brothers may have been able to buy off most of the media, but they haven’t been able to buy off Bloomberg, who doesn’t need any of their money. And Bloomberg is about to publish a report on the Koch brothers that looks like there’s going to be a lot of truth in it, which is bad news for the Klanbagging Kochs of Kansas.
How do we know that there is going to be a lot of truth in it? Because they are attacking it ferociously, sight unseen.
Somehow, someone needs to level these guys. I hope this is the beginning of that process.
Here’s a rule of thumb about public relations: When P.R. pros begin furiously spinning a story before it has even come out, there’s a pretty good chance the story is going to be damaging to the reputation of said P.R. pros’ bosses.
And that’s exactly what we’re seeing right now, as an anonymous person or persons in the orbit of the billionaire conservative donors Charles and David Koch try to discredit a forthcoming story in Bloomberg Markets magazine.
Based on the prebuttal items appearing this week in the Washington Examiner, the Daily Caller, and U.S. News and World Report, the Bloomberg story focuses on alleged malfeasance and/or fraud and/or bad behavior by the conglomerate Koch Industries.
One of those episodes apparently involves bribery by a Koch subsidiary in France, according to the piece by Washington Examiner editorial page editor Mark Tapscott. He reports that “Bloomberg reporters have been trolling among former Koch employees overseas in search of disaffected voices willing to talk,” but Tapscott suspects the story may be animated by bias against the Tea Party. And he notes that, “Koch USA officials say they were as surprised and angered as anybody else when they were first apprised of the bribery allegations, and moved as quickly as possible to get to the bottom of the situation and fix it.”
All three of the prebuttal stories cite an unnamed source who was interviewed for the Bloomberg story; it’s not clear if that same source spoke with all three publications. The Examiner describes the source as a former government official.
Another one of the issues addressed in the Bloomberg article will be the Kochs’ past business dealings with Iran, according to the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis, who also argues that this is not “terribly newsworthy” and the Kochs are being singled out for their politics.
Meanwhile, Paul Bedard of U.S. News reports:
One of those interviewed by Bloomberg for the upcoming article said the firm received four pages of single-spaced questions, all dealing with old trade and environmental problems and issues the company says it has fixed. None were about the firm’s politics or the Koch brother’s support for conservative causes, though the firm believes that is the focus.
Clearly, the Kochs are nervous about what Bloomberg has coming. And as it turns out, they’ve used the prebuttal strategy before.
In April 2010 I got an unsolicited email from Koch Industries’ spokeswoman offering to “reiterate some important facts.” She said that Koch Industries and the Koch brothers had never funded the Tea Party, in case I was wondering. That, of course, was not true.
Truth and these guys…. they don’t meet all that often. The truth is that they are responsible for a dramatic rise in racism, xenophobia, corruption, ignorance, and Fascism in the United States, and near-slavery outside the US.
It’s a sorry history, to be sure, but these guys come from a sorry legacy to begin with. And that’s even without the pedophilia.