The War on the Koch Brothers

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: »

Did the Washington Post Collaborate With Congressional Democrats to Smear the Koch Brothers? The Investigation Continues

Featured image So far, I have heard nothing in response to my email to Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson about their possible coordination with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Henry Waxman or other Democrats in writing the article about the Keystone pipeline that I critiqued here and here. I will follow up with them in due course. In the meantime, I have written the following letter to Whitehouse and Waxman: »

Dirty Harry doesn’t recall

Featured image Doing the job the mainstream media have declined to do — declined since a 2003 Los Angeles Times investigation, anyway — Matt Continetti takes a look at Dirty Harry Reid’s financial shenanigans. Alluding to Mario Puzo, and playing on the exposure of Reid’s latest shenanigans, Continetti titles his column “The grandfather.” We get the corruption. What about Reid’s easily refuted denial of accusing opponents of Obamacare retailing “lies” about the »

The Washington Post/Keystone Scandal on Fox & Friends

Featured image As advertised, I was on Fox & Friends early this morning to talk about the Washington Post/Keystone scandal, with some observations on Harry Reid thrown in. Like most people, I shudder when I see myself on television, but here it is anyway. In four minutes we could barely scratch the surface, but I think we laid out a pretty good summary of the scandal so far. And we closed with »

Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?

Featured image A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Post’s attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was »

And one more thing

Featured image To borrow Brit Hume’s judgment, John Hinderaker has “eviscerated” the posts by Washington Post reporters Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin on Koch Industries and the Canadian tar sands. Mufson and Eilperin work full time for the Post. Yet it took both of them to produce the farrago of misinformation and vacuity on display in their two posts. You’d think one of them could have handled it all by himself (or »

The Post: Depantsed but not deloused

Featured image Commenting on John Hinderaker’s two rounds with the Washington Post’s Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin, Brit Hume renders this judgment on Twitter: Two @washingtonpost reporters respond to @powerlineblog's evisceration of their work. They get eviscerated again. http://t.co/6dgRw1amdP — Brit Hume (@brithume) March 22, 2014 “Eviscerate” means “disembowel.” Brit is an experienced journalist. His judgment carries the weight of his standing in the profession. I think he has it exactly right, »

The Washington Post Responds To Me, and I Reply to the Post

Featured image On Thursday, the Washington Post published an article by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin titled “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers.” The article’s first paragraph included this claim: The biggest lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David. The theme »

Washington Post Falls For Left-Wing Fraud, Embarrasses Itself [Updated With Post's Response]

Featured image Today’s Washington Post features an article by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin headlined, “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers.” The article was based on a newly-issued two-page report by the far-left International Forum on Globalization. The Post reported: You might expect the biggest lease owner in Canada’s oil sands, or tar sands, to be one of the international oil »

A New Low For Liberal Haters?

Featured image This is perhaps, the final proof that modern liberalism is all about hating people, not helping people. Like so many instances of left-wing lunacy, it involves the Koch brothers. Specifically, David Koch, who gave New York-Presbyterian Hospital $100 million toward construction of a new outpatient facility. This is how the hospital described Koch’s gift: Hospital trustee and longtime supporter David H. Koch has made the lead gift of $100 million »

Exclusive to Power Line: Koch Industries Responds to New York Times Smears

Featured image Yesterday I wrote about the New York Times’ laughable description of the Democrats’ “new strategy” of attacking Charles and David Koch. I documented the fact that the Times itself has been an active participant in the Democrats’ smear campaign against the Koch brothers for years, reporting distortions and rank falsehoods that in at least one case forced a grudging correction from the paper. I asked Koch Industries’ general counsel, Mark »

The New York Times Forgets Its Own Smear Campaign

Featured image Yesterday’s New York Times headlined: “New Democratic Strategy Goes After Koch Brothers.” Anyone who follows the political scene can only respond to that headline with hollow laughter. The Democrats’ “new strategy”? Most of the emails that I have received from the Democrats in recent years have used the Koch brothers as a fundraising foil. But the Times tells us that the anti-Koch campaign has just now been inaugurated by Harry »

Dirty Harry Reid Goes Around the Bend

Featured image Harry Reid delivered another salvo against the Koch brothers on the floor of the Senate today. On reading it, the reaction of any normal person would be that he has gone off his meds. That a Senate Majority Leader should indulge such crazed vituperation against a couple of private citizens, on the floor of the Senate, dramatizes how low our democracy has fallen. I won’t reproduce the whole rant, but »

Who Is Un-American? Harry Reid Violates All Standards of Decency

Featured image Once upon a time we had the House Un-American Activities Committee. Most people, certainly most Democrats, would call that an ugly chapter in our history. But those who were called “un-American” during the 1950s were (or were believed to be) traitors in the pay of a hostile power. Calling them “un-American” was not such a stretch. Since then, the term has gone entirely out of fashion. Can you imagine the »

Harry Reid Goes Around the Bend on Obamacare

Featured image The disgraceful Harry Reid, one of America’s most corrupt politicians, a man who has mysteriously gotten rich as a public employee, is losing his grip. This has been going on for a while; remember his insane claim during the 2012 presidential campaign that Mitt Romney doesn’t pay any taxes? Today the subject was Obamacare. Reid, probably because he sees his position as majority leader slipping away on account of popular »

Harry Reid’s Less-Than-Magnificent Obsession

Featured image The Democrats are agitating to raise the minimum wage, unemployment be damned. That was the point of this tweet by Harry Reid, earlier today: Reid’s tweet is dumb on any number of levels: 1) The economy has been far from uniform over recent decades; it is particularly during the seven years during which Reid has been Majority Leader of the Senate that middle-class Americans have suffered. Reid, of course, takes »