The War on the Koch Brothers

Chris Matthews, Around the Bend

Featured image Like others at MSNBC, Chris Matthews’s commitment to leftism has so overwhelmed his logical faculties that he frequently comes across as demented. Check out the video clip below: Matthews invited two guests to talk about Michigan’s right to work law; one is a representative of the UAW, the other is Scott Hagerstrom, the Michigan director of Americans For Prosperity. Both guests no doubt thought they were there to discuss the »

MSNBC: Joke Network, Cont’d

Featured image Over the years, we have chronicled MSNBC’s lack of journalistic standards. The worst offender, Keith Olbermann, is now gone, not because of his crazed leftism or frequently embarrassing errors, but because he was an insubordinate employee. Of those who remain at MSNBC, Chris Matthews is among the worst. In another era, his reckless disregard for truth and unprofessional conduct would have brought his career as a journalist to a speedy »

Employers and Employees: Contemporary Liberalism and Class Warfare, Part 2

Featured image I wrote yesterday about liberal attacks on employers who communicate with their employees about politics and about how particular policies would impact their businesses. I noted that in this respect, the Citizens United decision has been interpreted as leveling the playing field between companies and unions, which have been telling their members–both willing and unwilling members–how to vote for many years. I argued that most workers identify their own economic »

Employers and Employees: Contemporary Liberalism and Class Warfare

Featured image Last June, Mitt Romney conducted a conference call with a group of small business owners, in the course of which he urged his listeners to talk to their employees about how political decisions can affect their companies: I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And »

The Sane and the Crazy

Featured image The Koch brothers have become the Rorschach test of American politics. They must marvel at the bizarre images that their names conjure up in the minds of the unhinged. Like Howard Dean, appearing yesterday on MSNBC’s Ed Show: This is what Dean said: He’s being financed by the Koch brothers, who just write fat checks from their booty they take in from all over the place. So he’s going to »

The Democrats’ Koch Obsession Hits A New Low

Featured image I have been marveling at the level of hysteria, loathing and fear manifested in the Democratic Party’s fundraising emails, of which I get several every day. (I can only imagine how many actual Democrats receive.) To say that their tone is both low-class and panic-stricken would be an understatement. This one, received today from Adam Broder, Research Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is a classic: John – The »

A Teacher’s Union Hits Bottom

Featured image I am not a big fan of teachers’ unions. In most cities, they are the primary obstacle to controlling budgets and improving education. But sometimes they are even worse than that. Local 59 is the City of Minneapolis’s unit of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers. Minneapolis public school teachers have their work cut out for them: many of the city’s schools are poor. How much the union is to blame »

Our Billionaires Are More Virtuous Than Your Billionaires!

Featured image They don’t give a prize for the world’s worst reporter, but if they did, Jane Mayer of the New Yorker would be a contender. Her endless campaigning for liberal causes, in the guise of reporting, doesn’t distinguish her, but her dishonesty does. I wouldn’t ask you to read her latest screed; I think the Geneva Convention might prohibit that. Suffice it to say that her piece is subtitled, “Obama doesn’t »

U.S. News and Greenpeace Collaborate on Global Warming

Featured image We have written here and here about the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project. The project’s goal was to carry out a comprehensive survey of recorded temperatures from as many locations around the world as possible, to develop the most accurate possible history of global temperatures from 1753 to 2011. It is still underway, but the group recently released a preliminary report, which finds that the Earth is somewhat warmer »

Lautenberg, Like Obama, Scurries For Cover

Featured image We wrote here about Frank Lautenberg’s disgraceful speech on the Senate floor, in which he accused Charles and David Koch of attempting to “subvert the upcoming election” and apparently called for a boycott of consumer products manufactured by Koch Industries, which he identified by name (Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, etc.) It turned out that Lautenberg was asking for a boycott of his own constituents, notwithstanding New Jersey’s current economic »

Lautenberg: Boycott My Constituents!

Featured image On the floor of the Senate yesterday, Frank Lautenberg did something that to our knowledge is unprecedented: he called publicly for a boycott of his own constituents. The context was the “DISCLOSE Act,” which would require 501(c)(4) entities to disclose the identities of their donors. The bill is opposed by a coalition that includes the ACLU and the NRA, and likely is unconstitutional, but the Democrats think it is good »

Anti-Romney/Koch Brothers Demonstration Is An Epic Failure

Featured image David Koch held a fundraiser for Mitt Romney this afternoon at his home on Long Island. At this point in the election cycle, that’s how the candidates are spending much of their time–attending fundraisers. But leftists thought they could make some hay out of connecting Romney to the Koch brothers, perhaps because they assume, wrongly, that most people share their detestation of the Kochs. So for some weeks, a consortium »

Running Scared, Democrats Resort to Hysteria

Featured image In recent election cycles, Democratic candidates have consistently outspent Republicans. In 2004, John Kerry spent more than George W. Bush. In the last weeks of the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama, the greatest money-machine in the history of American politics up to that time, reportedly outspent John McCain by five to one. Democrats boasted of their fundraising prowess, and Obama vowed to raise an unprecedented billion dollars for his reelection campaign. »

Behind the Scenes at MSNBC

Featured image We wrote here about MSNBC’s disgraceful attacks on Charles and David Koch and Koch Industries in connection with the Trayvon Martin shooting. Guest host Karen Finney said: Who was the Typhoid Mary for this horrible outbreak? It’s the usual suspects the Koch brothers…the same people who stymied gun regulation at every point who funded and ghost write these laws. A few days later, Van Jones, a guest on MSNBC, said: »

Have Our News Organizations Gone Crazy?

Featured image I wrote here about MSNBC’s campaign to tie the Koch brothers to George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin. That effort was, it is fair to say, insane, but it apparently inspired one or more liberals to take MSNBC’s theories a step farther. Someone wrote–I think it was on Facebook–that Koch Industries had paid for Zimmerman’s legal defense and/or put up his bail money. Other liberals happily repeated the claim, to »

MSNBC: We Reserve the Right to Lie About You

Featured image We wrote in MSNBC, the Faux News Network about MSNBC’s latest attack on the Koch brothers, whom guest host Karen Finney outrageously blamed for the Trayvon Martin shooting. Finney’s slander was repeated on MSNBC by former Obama administration official Van Jones, who said, “You’ve got all of the passion around Trayvon and what a horrible injustice that was and you can draw a direct line to the Koch brothers.” The »

MSNBC, the Faux News Network [Updated With MSNBC's Response]

Featured image Liberals have been feverishly attacking Fox News for years now, irate that the Left’s monopoly on television news outlets has been broken. Conservatives, on the other hand, have tended to ignore MSNBC, even though that network is far more partisan, and less reliable, than Fox. Perhaps this is because of a perception that hardly anyone watches MSNBC. It is true, of course, that that network’s ratings are nowhere near Fox’s, »