The War on the Koch Brothers

Reid on the couch

Featured image Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sat down for an interview with BuzzFeed reporters John Stanton and Kate Nocera. It sounds like Reid might have been in a recumbent position during the interview. Reid has a few “issues” to work out. As you could easily guess, the Koch brothers were on Reid’s “mind,” such as it is. Here is the opening of the Stanton/Nocera report: Frustrated by the “sewer” of modern »

Ugly stuff down there on the Senate floor

Featured image The Washington Post’s absurd Koch/Keystone reports by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin appear to have been a setup for congressional Democrats, a sort of Tinker to Evers to Chance double play. Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has inserted himself into the action, as can be seen in a video that forms part of Jon Stewart’s comic take on Reid (below). Unfortunately, everything Reid has to say is deserving of »

The Koch brothers: What can’t they do?

Featured image At the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire Michael Crittenden has compiled “Things Harry Reid has blamed on the Koch brothers.” Crittenden even ventures an explanation: In an attempt to make them the centerpiece of Democrats’ efforts to retain the Senate in November’s midterms, Mr. Reid has regularly used the two billionaires as his go-to bogeymen, referring to Republicans’ “addiction to Koch” (yes, the surname is pronounced Coke) and regularly attacking »

The Obsession of MSNBC

Featured image The left thinks conservatives and Fox News in particular are obsessed with Benghazi.  But guess who really has an obsession?  The good folks at Digitas Weekly Rundown (Hat tip: Ace of Spades) break it down nicely in just 56 seconds: »

Reid rage

Featured image Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s latest diatribe against the Koch brothers on the floor of the Senate might be evidence of certifiable insanity if anyone took it seriously. But the attitude of the mainstream media, to the extent one can be detected, is ho-hum. The fact that no one takes Reid’s diatribe seriously should be news all by itself, shouldn’t it? Politico has a brief account that expresses a cynical »

Harry Reid Sinks Deeper Into the Abyss

Featured image Harry Reid’s obsession with the Koch brothers has made him a figure of fun, but frankly, it has gotten past the point where anyone is laughing. After Reid’s foray onto the Senate floor today, his family, friends and colleagues should be concerned about his mental health. This clip is only 30 seconds long, but it speaks volumes about Reid’s state of mind: “Pollution” isn’t causing global warming, the Koch brothers »

Steyer Takes Handoff From Washington Post: More Evidence of Collaboration? [Updated]

Featured image To recap what by now is a familiar story: the Washington Post ran an article suggesting that Koch Industries would be the principal beneficiary of the Keystone Pipeline by virtue of its minor leasehold interest in Canadian tar sands–a complete fiction. I took the article apart here and here, pointing out, among many other things, that Keystone would actually be damaging to Koch’s economic interests. In the latter post, I »

Tom Steyer’s Song of Himself

Featured image Tom Steyer disclaims any similarity to the Koch brothers, and we can agree with his claim to this extent: Steyer is a repulsive left-wing liar and hypocrite while the Koch brothers are paragons of virtue. That’s not what Steyer means though. Unfortunately, the Washington Post — a prime culprit in the Koch defamation business — serves as one of the interlocutors in the interview with Steyer reported by Politico: Liberal »

Whitehouse and Waxman Still Demagoguing Keystone

Featured image If you are a regular reader, you know the story: six months ago, a fringe left-wing group put out a silly report that tried to tie Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. I debunked that report, pointing out that Keystone would actually be adverse to Koch’s economic interests and that Koch has taken no position on whether it should be built. No one heard anything more about that report until »

There’s something about Harry

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon has compiled the video below of Harry Reid chanting “Koch brothers” 134 times on the Senate floor. It has a formulaic quality, like the phrases Homer held in reserve to fill out dactylic hexameter lines in the Iliad and the Odyssey. What “wine-dark sea” was to Homer, “Koch brothers” is to Harry Reid. Reid, however, isn’t in search of a formulaic phrase to fill out a »

Koch Industries Responds to Whitehouse and Waxman

Featured image I wrote here and elsewhere about Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Henry Waxman’s letter to Koch Industries, demanding information about Koch’s purported role in the Keystone Pipeline. The letter was based on a story in the Washington Post, which I discredited here, here and elsewhere. Yesterday, Koch Industries’ General Counsel, Mark Holden, responded to Whitehouse and Waxman. His letter is reproduced below; click to enlarge: The Democrats’ effort to shore »

My Questions to Juliet Eilperin, and a Message to Jeff Bezos

Featured image Over the last few minutes, I sent the following four tweets to Washington Post reporter/Democratic Party propagandist Juliet Eilperin: Why won’t you answer my questions about whether your false reporting on Keystone is coordinated with the Democratic Party? You know perfectly well that Keystone has nothing to do with Koch. Why do you perpetrate a lie, along with Whitehouse and Waxman? You know that Keystone would damage Koch economically. Why »

The Washington Post Is Still Stonewalling

Featured image It is now 20 days since Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson published their infamous hit piece that tried to fool readers into believing that the Keystone Pipeline, the bete noire of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, is somehow all about Koch Industries, which has nothing to do with the pipeline and would, in fact, be damaged by it economically. It is 14 days since Sheldon Whitehouse and »

The Washington Post Corrects, Disingenuously

Featured image On March 20, the Washington Post published an article by Steven Mufson and Julie Eilperin, the import of which was that Koch Industries is the driving force behind the Keystone Pipeline. The article, based entirely on a six-month-old report by a far-left group called the International Forum on Globalization that I demolished last October, was headlined, “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s »

Chuck Schumer: I Was For the Koch Brothers Before I Was Against Them

Featured image Chuck Schumer has joined Harry Reid in obsessive attacks on Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Industries. Yesterday Schumer told Politico that the Democrats’ attacks on the Koch brothers are paying off politically, and they intend to continue them. He described the brothers’ “real agenda”: They’re spending $40, $50 million in ads that are not focused on their real agenda, which is just eliminating all regulation on corporations, »

Can the Democrats Run Against the Koch Brothers?

Featured image Led by Harry Reid, the Democrats have tried to turn the Koch brothers into an election issue. This has struck us, like most observers, as a dubious strategy. But the Democrats aren’t giving up: they are now broadening what had previously been inside baseball, using Koch to rile up their base, to a general election strategy in which they run ads directly attacking the brothers. In the New York Times, »

Washington Post: No Correction, But You Can Have a Reprint of the Article!

Featured image After I demolished a Washington Post article that tried to link Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline, the Post promised Koch a correction. That correction has yet to appear, but in the meantime, the Post’s “authorized content management agent” has offered Koch reprints of the article, as a “unique and powerful marketing opportunity.” You can’t make this stuff up. Here is a screen shot of the email; click to enlarge: »