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Who originated the anti-Koch Brothers Hysteria?

Last night on Powerline, caught this video of Angelenos protesting against the possibility of the Koch brothers’ purchasing the Los Angeles Times:

And it got me wondering (and not for the first time) about the origins of the anti-Koch hysteria. Wonder if a Mr. D. Axelrod might have been behind this. I mean the guy did think it significant that a former Massachusetts governor once transported the family dog on the roof of his car.

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  1. This is shameful. It amazes me how the left has become so radical and intolerant that there is no room nor an appreciation of a diversity of opinion. This cancer is not limited to the arenas of politics and education. It wasn´t too long ago that the NFL denied Rush Limbaugh the opportunity to purchase a team in the league that was for sale. Admittedly it was due to his conservatism. Soon there could be a litmus test for employment. Liberals only may apply. As this trend continues, we are on the road to totalitarianism.

    Comment by Roberto — May 31, 2013 @ 1:38 pm - May 31, 2013

  2. There are already places in NYC where heterosexuals need not apply.

    Comment by Richard Bell — May 31, 2013 @ 2:43 pm - May 31, 2013

  3. Roberto, soon it will be a question of life or death. Friends laughed when I spoke of death panels in obamacare. Now we will have the same group that brutalized conservatives over 501(c)3 status being a major player in YOUR health care. It is not a stretch NOW to consider they or some other group making decisions whether you get that stent, or hip, or knee, or life saving drug based on your party registration or to which group you gave money, or helped in an election. NOT so far fetched anymore, is it?

    Comment by mixitup — May 31, 2013 @ 3:42 pm - May 31, 2013

  4. The Koch brothers are, as I understand, very libertarian. They favor gay marriage, and are certainly no enemies to us. I can’t understand why so many leftists think they are Dracula.

    This is programming by the handlers, plain and simple.

    Comment by Lori Heine — May 31, 2013 @ 4:01 pm - May 31, 2013

  5. The Koch brothers have been around for a very long time. The Charles Koch Foundation in 1974 founded the Cato Institute, for example. They were arguing for gay rights long before it was a major political issue in most of the country. They are libertarians.

    The anti-Koch rhetoric really started as we know it today from the battles in Wisconsin with Gov. Walker and the supreme court elections in that state. They acted to counter a lot of the union money that flowed into the Democrat side. In other words, the Kock brothers cost the Democrats Wisconsin so the rhetoric has been cranked up to “11” ever since.

    Comment by crosspatch — May 31, 2013 @ 4:30 pm - May 31, 2013

  6. Lori, it is really very simple. They have money, and a lot of it. They have power and influence as a result of their money. In 2005 they purchased Georgia Pacific for $21 billion cash and took it private. GP is one of the largest private land owners in the USA. They are very influential men, and liberals fear them, as they do Sarah Palin, and other outspoken, wealthy or powerful conservatives.

    Comment by mixitup — May 31, 2013 @ 4:38 pm - May 31, 2013

  7. The left is primarily made up of very stupid people who aren’t good at reasoning, but are very good at hate; especially when you can convince very stupid people that the reason their lives are f–ked up isn’t because of their own bad choices, but it is somehow the fault of people who made better choices and who deserve to be punished.

    Comment by V the K — May 31, 2013 @ 4:51 pm - May 31, 2013

  8. Lori, you are correct they are a for gay marriage and I noticed the other night fund NOVA on PBS. I only have to wonder, what the heck the Koch family wants to do with the LA Times. The day of the newspaper is quickly passing, giving away to the Internet. In South Carolina “The State” newspaper the state’s largest isn’t worth a damn.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — May 31, 2013 @ 5:23 pm - May 31, 2013

  9. It shouldn’t be so hard to figure out why they want to buy it.

    Yes, newspapers are losing circulation — but why? Mostly because their content is crap. You can have 10 different newspapers in a state and they all tend to have exactly the same wire service content. Deeper in the paper, you already know what the rest of the content is going to be. There will be the usual stories on various accidents, fires, and other tragedies mixed in with the usual cheerleading for the local Democrat and the obligatory Republican bashing.

    There is no real content in these papers that bring any intellectual debate to the table. There is no real discussion on the pros and cons of a various policy proposal. The Democrats are scared to death because they are afraid that they might have to actually defend their policy decisions with more than just buzzwords. Content is usually about rationalizing and selling the policy of some Democrat politician or explaining why the Republican is wrong again.

    The LA Times could pick up a significant readership if they were to engage in some intellectual and political diversity, this would be particularly true in statewide readership with issues of state interest.

    They can afford to run at a bit of a loss forever but they could probably turn the thing around into a money maker. Look at the news viewership if NBC, CBS, ABC vs. Fox. That is another case of the same issue. The “alphabet” networks all basically produce various iterations of the exact same content. Dozens of correspondents telling us why Romney is bad and Obama is the best thing since rolled toilet paper becomes boring. You already know what they are going to say before you even turn on the TV.

    If everyone is selling fried chicken, then there is a niche for a burger joint.

    Comment by crosspatch — May 31, 2013 @ 5:57 pm - May 31, 2013

  10. I can’t understand why so many leftists think they are Dracula.

    Leftism is diametrically opposed to libertarianism. It doesn’t matter if the Koch brothers are the gayest people on the planet, if they financially support a philosophy of not caring about what other people do, they are evil. A leftist must care about what other people do, because what other people are doing might threaten their power.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — May 31, 2013 @ 11:51 pm - May 31, 2013

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  12. Crosspatch, I just don’t think that any newspaper can make money these days, no matter what they do. The printed medium is dying. It is being replaced by the Internet.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — June 1, 2013 @ 9:53 am - June 1, 2013

  13. Crosspatch, I will add that the printed medium is being replaced by the Internet and, of course, TV.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — June 1, 2013 @ 9:54 am - June 1, 2013

  14. Swampfox, I know it is hard to see why owning a newspaper can only be but a losing proposition. But, Crosspatch is right. Men like the Koch brothers are like master chess players. They are thinking 4 or 5 moves ahead. They can turn a profit on a change in approach as Crosspatch illustrates, but that is only a stepping stone to buying radio, TV, and other media properties. They know there is a market for conservative ideas, hell, just look at the EMPIRE Rupert Murdock has put together over the years. My guess is the Koch’s can see building a similar empire – they certainly got the bucks to do it.

    Comment by mixitup — June 1, 2013 @ 12:03 pm - June 1, 2013

  15. Mixitup, I can’t concede that Rupert Murdoch has made his mark. I only wish the Koch brothers good results. As we all know Calfornia needs to be turned around quickly. If their buying the L.A Times will help, I am certainly all for it.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — June 1, 2013 @ 3:29 pm - June 1, 2013

  16. Swampfox,

    Only in the U.S. the print media is diminishing but it is not extinct. Many people still want a newspaper in the morning, or in the evening when they return home from work. I can tell you for a fact that inthird world countries, the print media is alive and well.

    Comment by Roberto — June 2, 2013 @ 11:52 am - June 2, 2013

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