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David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, attends an Economic Club of New York event in New York, December 10, 2012.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) - RTR3BFKF
Media Matters takes a look at the intersection of Fox News and the Koch brothers' political empire:
At least 15 Fox News hosts and contributors have recently campaigned with two political organizations created and heavily funded by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Many of those same Fox News personalities have also defended the Kochs from attacks and praised their political efforts on-air. [...] According to a Media Matters review, the following Fox News personalities have participated in AFP and AFPF events since 2012: Guy Benson, Tucker Carlson, Monica Crowley, Jonah Goldberg, Greg Gutfeld, Mary Katharine Ham, Mike Huckabee, Laura Ingraham, Andrew Napolitano, Sarah Palin, Charles Payne, Dana Perino, John Stossel, Cal Thomas, and Juan Williams.
Thanks to limited disclosure requirements, it's unclear whether and how much money these individuals received for their boosterism, but given the 9 figure sums that the Kochs are dumping into the political process, it seems like a pretty easy bet that they distributed some of that to their friends at Fox.

I guess it's not entirely surprising that so many employees from a conservative news channel would also be cogs in a conservative political machine like the one that the Koch brothers run, but it is yet another reminder of just how intimately involved the Kochs are in everything on the right—and just how small their "talent" pool is that they have to draw on Fox, and that Fox has to draw on them.

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  •  I guess "campaigning" and "donating" are different (7+ / 0-)

    but didn't Citizen v. United fuse them?

    Remember when Republicans whined that an MSNBC host had donated to a Democrat?
    Can't remember the details.

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:09:15 AM PDT

    •  Free market, natch (5+ / 0-)
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      onionjim, MartyM, Portia Elm, orlbucfan, HSans

      It's against the laws of nature to regulate media capitalists or interfere with their ability to make profits.  They are job creators, you know.

      Good work by Media Matters.

      Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

      by Betty Pinson on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:27:35 AM PDT

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    •  That was Keith Olbermann (1+ / 0-)
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      HSans

      And he got fired for it.  I really miss Olbermann.  He's stuck doing sports on some backwater cable channel when he should be doing "Countdown on" MSNBC.

      •  I agree ... (1+ / 0-)
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        pfeifferpack

        that Keith must be brought back.

        Possible slots:  Replace Gregory!

        Replace Todd!

        Jesus, please! Replace Scarboro!

        Take over from Matthews.

        Just bring back Keith. You may not agree with him, but he is at least factual.

        Also, like Jim Lehrer, hosts / animators / commentators / etc. / should all either refrain from voting to maintain their neutrality; or declare their interests.

        If they are reporting on health care, for example, they should divulge their health insurance plan or coverage; if they report on Wall Street they should divulge their stock market interests and exposure. These are just a few samples.

        Politicians can be voted out. Purveyors of lies, deceit and undermining democracy need to be called out.

        Enough!

        A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

        by HSans on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:27:44 AM PDT

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  •  Hmmm, Megyn Kelly not (5+ / 0-)
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    koosah, alypsee1, SottoVoce, HSans, joansd1950

    on the list? Could this be linked to her recent outbreak of actual journalism, as underwhelming as it was surprising?

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:09:17 AM PDT

  •  It's disturbing that most if not all of the 2012 (8+ / 0-)
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    koosah, shoeless, alypsee1, Yonit, skod, TDDVandy, hbk, HSans

    GOP presidential candidates received some type of pay from Fox News.  I thought that was quite telling.  Now this does not surprise me but couple it with my previous statement, I find it dangerous, irresponsible and there "ought to be a law".  I remember news organizations offering disclaimers about their relationship with the person, organization, topic et al s/he is discussing.

    Yeah, I get that they aren't a "news" organization, but still even Google has to clearly label their advertisements.  Is there a law and it isn't being enforced?

  •  And the difference between "news" and (6+ / 0-)
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    koosah, Yonit, Linda Bear, TDDVandy, HSans, MadMs

    "propaganda"?  Is this.

    Once upon a time in order for a station to retain an FCC license, they had to "serve the public interest".  This, of course, was before 24-hour cable noise networks, so I guess the rules are different now.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:20:21 AM PDT

    •  Thank the great hero Ronald Wilson Reagan (1+ / 0-)
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      HSans

      for eliminating the Fairness Doctrine, which kept the media outlets somewhat sane.  

      •  It meant equal time for a potential response (2+ / 0-)
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        Portia Elm, HSans

        Any station that veered into "editorial" had to label it as such and then offer the public a chance to respond. That led to the hilarious Joe Average rebuttals on local stations parodied by Johnny Carson and the bizarre station managers parodied by Pat Paulson.

        Savannah, GA still has a local editorialist who is 100% nuts, although he is retiring (the crazy is thicker than molasses on a humid day).

        "for all the murders, rapes, and thefts,/ Committed in the horrid lust of war,/ He that unjustly caus'd it first proceed,/ Shall find it in his grave and in his seed." -- Webster, "The White Devil," IV i 8-12.

        by The Geogre on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:19:14 AM PDT

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        •  My home town had a lunatic (3+ / 0-)
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          editorialist back in the 60s on the local TV station.  He spewed some of the most bigoted racist crap ever to defile the airwaves, and may have led directly to the disclaimer that says "the opinions expressed in editorial commentary on this station do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of WRAL-TV, it's management or employees".

          So what'd we do?  We got that fella off the 6:00 news by electing him to the Senate.

          Six.

          Times.

          Never underestimate the power of a lunatic with a microphone.

          I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

          by mojo11 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:27:43 AM PDT

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          •  Oh, yes. I got there late. (0+ / 0-)

            I got to Chapel Hill in time to vote against him once. I just missed the 1990 race, darn it.

            WRAL has always had ties to the creeps. It's no surprise that it's tied in with the "John Locke Party" and Art Pope.

            Jesse was hired, specifically to "counter the lies of that Communist" (fellow Tarheel) David Brinkley, according to Brinkley. In the 1960's, Paul Wellstone attended UNC CH for his Ph.D. and saw Jesse's editorial when RFK got shot. Helms said that this is what came of race mixing. Wellstone said, "I decided that I hated that man." When Wellstone got to the senate for his freshman year, he refused to shake hands with Helms, to keep faith with his younger self.

            "for all the murders, rapes, and thefts,/ Committed in the horrid lust of war,/ He that unjustly caus'd it first proceed,/ Shall find it in his grave and in his seed." -- Webster, "The White Devil," IV i 8-12.

            by The Geogre on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:35:14 AM PDT

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            •  Jesse was the guy (2+ / 0-)
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              who said we didn't need to build the zoo in Asheboro, just put a fence around Chapel Hill and charge admission.

              My father had Republican leanings -- Eisenhower Republican, I mean -- and some of my earliest memories involve him foaming at the mouth whenever Helms would get a segment on WRAL.  If there was ever anybody who hated Jesse more than I did, it was my dad.  I'm just glad dad wasn't around to witness Jesse Lite; Richard "Fucking" Burr.

              As for WRAL, they're slightly more even-handed now.  But only slightly.

              I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

              by mojo11 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:48:54 AM PDT

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        •  this "local editorialist" is not really being (1+ / 0-)
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          clear, but I think he is thinking that Georgia's peanut business will suffer because of this:

          12/2013 A Portland, Oregon elementary school principal has made the absurd determination that classroom references to that simple, unassuming American tradition, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, are discriminatory.  That's right, boys and girls, no matter how you slice it, mention of that generationally-beloved icon of American sandwiches, says she, is cross-culturally offensive.
          he is not really worried about the kiddies, lolol.

          PRESENT Shock When everything happens NOW

          by Portia Elm on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:29:08 AM PDT

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          •  Cathcart's editorials are a feast of gibberish (1+ / 0-)
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            He has a northern accent but purports to represent Beaufort, SC. His editorials are crammed into 2 minutes and simply jam code words and dog whistles one onto another in high pique. No one can understand what he's saying, only that he's mad at something -- usually something something liberals.

            "for all the murders, rapes, and thefts,/ Committed in the horrid lust of war,/ He that unjustly caus'd it first proceed,/ Shall find it in his grave and in his seed." -- Webster, "The White Devil," IV i 8-12.

            by The Geogre on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:37:13 AM PDT

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    •  They still do (1+ / 0-)
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      You know -- the station blood drive, the anti- drunk driving campaign, the PSA's done by various groups in-state.

      What's gone is federal PSA's. Anyone remember "Radio Free Europe" PSA's? Anyone remember "Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute?" Seen any of those lately? Local cop-sponsored stuff, though -- yeah. Now the stations have to serve local and community defined much more narrowly and interests much more loosely.

      "for all the murders, rapes, and thefts,/ Committed in the horrid lust of war,/ He that unjustly caus'd it first proceed,/ Shall find it in his grave and in his seed." -- Webster, "The White Devil," IV i 8-12.

      by The Geogre on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:22:26 AM PDT

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  •  FOX has grown weary of the GOP? (0+ / 0-)

    They now want to be the exclusive tool of the Koch Empire?


    Even a broken tide is at the right height twice a day.

    by glb3 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:21:34 AM PDT

  •  I apologize for not remembering... (6+ / 0-)

    ...where I got this, but felt it appropriate to repeat:

    "American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists (Koch brothers), the deliberate poisoners of public information (Fox News), and those who stand for the K.K.K. type of demagoguery (Tea Party)."
    Paretheticals added. This was from a speech from VP Henry Wallace some 70 years ago.

    Apologies again for not remembering who originally posted this.

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:32:19 AM PDT

  •  vote/money (1+ / 0-)
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    Most Americans believe in separation of church and state, time to realize that separation of corporation and state is even more important.  Capitalism demands ceos strive for the greatest profit, not the greatest good.  As things stand now, our "great experiment" is devolving into oligarchy.  

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:35:19 AM PDT

  •  Back in the quaint days of journalism ethics (3+ / 0-)
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    getting involved in a political organization or campaign was generally grounds for termination. You were supposed to cover the news, not promote causes (especially not for compensation). At Fox, it seems to be grounds for promotion instead.

    If an MSNBC or NPR reporter or commentator attended and spoke at Democratic campaign organization events, on the other hand, it would be front-page outrage.

    •  Their descriptive here isn't journalists, (0+ / 0-)

      it is whores.

      "the northern lights have seen queer sights, but the queerest they ever did see. Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge, I cremated Sam McGee". - Robert Service, Bard of the Yukon

      by Joe Jackson on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:19:00 AM PDT

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  •  Use the proper "tags" (0+ / 0-)

    When you write about these conservative operatives in the media, the correct tag to use is "People who lie for money."

  •  Rename Fox " Grifter's Haven " (2+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, TDDVandy

    When you see palin and huckabee, you know you reached the barrel scrapings.

  •  Fair and impartal media are critical to a free dom (1+ / 0-)
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    Yes, elections matter and GOTV is important.  But the process has to begin with fair and unbiased information being disseminated to our populace.  We have gone down the slippery slope with Fox disseminating disinformation and propaganda 24/7.  And corporate media parroting them because it generates ratings.  I am not sure progressives are focused enough on how important this is. Too many people in this country have little access to real news and are not able to make informed decisions.  Obviously Fox should never have been allowed to morph into the propaganda machine it is.  Smarter people than I seem to have no answer for this problem.  

    •  The real scandal (1+ / 0-)
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      is the silence from other news outlets, and from schools and practitioners of professional  "journalism" in this country.  

      By meekly accepting Fox as a "news" source, and failing to protest and ridicule it, and tear off its facade from the start, they have permitted their field to decompose entirely.

      •  Fox-like shows value a person's usefulness (0+ / 0-)

        to the 1%. It's their choice. Dana Perino is what they are looking for. 25 like her would be great with that network. They have a token Democrat or two, don't they? I don't watch that crap. Might as well watch a soap opera and believe it's real. Strange times in America.

  •  That looks like only 90% of the Fox anchors, so (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure the other 10% are fair and balanced...or maybe they just didn't get the memo and are rushing to genuflect to the Kochs as we speak.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:57:36 AM PDT

  •  Is Rupert Murdoch... (0+ / 0-)

    on their payroll as well...
    Or simply a co-conspirator/accomplice?

  •  Motivation (0+ / 0-)

    I really don't understand the motivation of people like the Koch Brothers. They are old. They won't be around much longer.   Why aren't they trying to do something good with all the resources they've acquired over their years instead of doing all they can to gain even more at the expense of who cares how many before they drop dead?

  •  Candidate? Commentator? Speaker? (0+ / 0-)

    The Venn diagram of GOP candidates and Fox News Analysts is a single circle to begin with. Since the Koches make it their business to own all the GOP candidates, it makes sense that we should excerpt some of these names:

    Mike Huckabee, ... Andrew Napolitano, Sarah Palin, ... Dana Perino, ... Cal Thomas
    as being pre-bought.

    There is, in a sense, no scandal in the Koches giving them money. The scandal remains the same one as ever, that Fox News employs political candidates to espouse their candidacies from the air. It is the game they've played with the FEC and FCC and sneered at the American public with for a decade, now.

    "for all the murders, rapes, and thefts,/ Committed in the horrid lust of war,/ He that unjustly caus'd it first proceed,/ Shall find it in his grave and in his seed." -- Webster, "The White Devil," IV i 8-12.

    by The Geogre on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:14:24 AM PDT

  •  Gru and his Minions... (0+ / 0-)

    ...come to mind, only a really EVIL Koch-Gru.  As for the Fox Minions?  Not any smarter than the originals.

    I'm too [insert adjective of choice, e.g., sane] to vote Republican.

    by Linus Too on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:15:18 AM PDT

  •  Fairly soon (0+ / 0-)

    the Roberts Court will issue a ruling that the Koch brothers' attempts to buy off a "news" organization is protected by the First Amendment.

    30, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:23:31 AM PDT

  •  The Public Relations Firm of the Republican Party (0+ / 0-)

    That's all Fox is.

    That's all it ever was, from the very beginning.

    I refuse to watch it anymore.

    "Love Is Why We're Here"

    by Paniolo Joe on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:15:13 AM PDT

  •  Some alliances surprise, though not this one. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Life is short, but long enough to get what's coming to you." --John Alton

    by Palafox on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:55:36 AM PDT

  •  Well... at least now it's out in the open. nt (0+ / 0-)

    How children dance to the unlived lives of their parents. Rilke

    by ceebee7 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 12:15:12 PM PDT

  •  and rw radio is practically free for them (0+ / 0-)

    the hundreds of lazy dumbasses who make up the talk radio army rely heavily on those koch think tanks.

    tho with the rush boycott it's not as free- they're making up for  ad losses with a lot of political related content- ads for their orgs, and crappy movies, and books

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 12:53:28 PM PDT

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