Koch Industries

Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday April 21, 2011

Can anything Think Progress says about the Kochs be believed? Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner Beltway Confidential: "Almost certainly not, to answer the question posed by the headline above. Here's the latest example of why. Think Progress is all atwitter about a Nation magazine report concerning the Koch Industries 2010 Election Packet. This dastardly document, according to Think Progress, was "mailed to 50,000 employees instructing them on who to vote for in the 2010 midterm elections." Curious, I clicked over to the Nation and read the cover letter in the packet. Here's what it said about how Koch employees should decide…
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New York Times correction, finally

Almost two weeks ago I spotted an error in a New York Times op-ed piece. In my post, I wrote: "Perhaps it's a small matter. But maybe not, as a New York Times op-ed chose to mention it in the limited space these things have." The error was the article's claim that Charles and David Koch have contributed to FreedomWorks, a group that advocates for limited government. As reported on its corrections page for April 13: "An Op-Ed article on April 4, about disclosure rules for nonprofit groups that engage in political advocacy, imprecisely described contributions by the billionaire brothers…
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ThinkProgress and Lee Fang: wrong again

Earlier this week we noted that Center for American Progress Action Fund (an arm of the Center for American Progress, a think tank closely associated with President Barack Obama’s administration and left-wing financier George Soros) was launching an "ideologically driven news organization." Its implementation would be through the ThinkProgress blog, which has been active for some time, including a role as a vocal -- and often highly misinformed -- critic of Charles and David Koch. This bit of background is important because ThinkProgress has shown to be an unreliable source of information. Case in point: Yesterday John H. Hinderaker of…
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Center for American Progress starts ideologically driven news organization

A common criticism of anyone taking a conservative political position is that they should stop getting all their information from Fox News. Criticism like that works both ways, however, especially now that the Center for American Progress Action Fund, according to Politico, is "ramping up an in-house full-fledged, ideologically driven news organization aimed in part at tripping up Republican candidates on the ground in the early presidential contests." In the coming weeks the ThinkProgress blog will be relaunched as this news organization. Some key points: There are ambitious goals: "The newsroom side is absolutely competing with all the leading news…
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Soros events, catering to liberal causes, largely escape notice

This week George Soros is hosting two conferences that seek to influence and change the international financial system and the news media. In contrast to a conference recently hosted by Charles and David Koch, the Soros events have received little advance attention, and it seems likely that there will be little reporting afterward. A search of Google news shows just a handful of stories mentioning these events. The Boston Globe has short mention of the event taking place in New Hampshire, presumably only because it is in the neighborhood. But Dan Gainor of Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group,…
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For New York Times, facts about Kochs don’t matter

Perhaps it's a small matter. But maybe not, as a New York Times op-ed chose to mention it in the limited space these things have. In today's newspaper and yesterday's online version, David Callahan wrote this: "One such group is FreedomWorks, which has received significant amounts of money from the Koch brothers and is a force behind both the Tea Party political movement and the conservative libertarian policy agenda it espouses." The problem is that the alleged financial support from the Koch brothers to FreedomWorks doesn't exist. A page on the Koch Industries website states: "For example, neither Koch companies…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Tuesday March 29, 2011

Follow-up to Koch profile. A few pieces have provided amplification and commentary on the Weekly Standard profile of Charles and David Koch, notably Politico and Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post. ... Has a secret conspiracy been uncovered by Politico? Groups identified as lined up against the Kochs include a non-profit group titled Brave New Films, Greenpeace, Public Citizen, Common Cause, Ruckus Society, AFSCME (an arm of AFL-CIO), Service Employees International Union, and Center for American Progress with its attack blog ThinkProgress. Asks Post's Rubin: "[a conspiracy] not of the Kochs but of the left-leaning groups that have mounted a…
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Weekly Standard: The left’s obsession with the Koch brothers

Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard has written a profile of Charles and David Koch and Koch Industries, focusing on politics and the attacks by the political Left. A key passage in the story explains what those who believe in economic freedom have known all along: If Charles and David Koch really wanted to make a lot of money for themselves, they would act like most corporations: seek fortune through government intervention, not through competition in free markets: The second charge was that the Kochs' talk about free markets was merely cover for economic self-interest. But if that were true,…
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The Left’s ‘obsession with all things Koch’

Yesterday John H. Hinderaker of Powerline wrote another article about the political Left's obsession with Charles and David Koch and Koch Industries. It's a lengthy piece and worth reading, but because it is long, I will try to summarize. The Center for American Progress and its website ThinkProgress are fronts for the Obama Administration and are "lavishly funded by George Soros and several other left-wing billionaires." The Center for American Progress, through ThinkProgress, "has carried on a bizarre vendetta against Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Industries." The Kochs are active in politics on the conservative/libertarian side. Having…
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Who benefits, loses from regulation?

A Powerline post discusses the Upton-Imhofe bill, which would bar the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide emissions. The article quotes Ranking Democrat Henry Waxman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as stating this bill benefits "big polluters like Koch Industries." But who really benefits from the regulation of greenhouse gases? First, large companies do. They are better able to absorb the costs of regulation than their smaller competitors. This is why we often see big business promoting increased regulation. It places their smaller competitors at a disadvantage. As Koch Industries is a large company, it is in a…
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