New Yorker Publishes Hit Piece Demonizing Koch Brothers for Thought Crime of Supporting Conservative Causes

August 23rd, 2010 6:36 PM

The Tea Parties are driving the liberals crazy. They charged that Tea Partiers were racists but that pretty much backfired on them when they were unable to collect on the $100,000 Breitbart prize offered for any video evidence of racial epithets that were supposedly hurled at congressmen on March 20 at the Capitol. Now it seems that they have gone back to the Nancy Pelosi charge of accusing the grassroots Tea Party of being an "astroturf" organization. And who is suposedly financing them? According to a New Yorker hit piece article written by Jane Mayer, much of the money is coming from businessmen brothers, Charles and David Koch.

Of course, any article complaining about businessmen contributing to conservative causes will have a big elephant in the room in the form of George Soros who pours hundreds of millions into the far left movement. And that elephant is so large that even Mayer can't ignore it. So what to do? Why, portray Soros as saintly. So start plucking your harps as you read the hilarious money quote Mayer employs to explain away this hypocritical matter by presenting the "benevolent" Soros floating upon his heavenly cloud:

Of course, Democrats give money, too. Their most prominent donor, the financier George Soros, runs a foundation, the Open Society Institute, that has spent as much as a hundred million dollars a year in America. Soros has also made generous private contributions to various Democratic campaigns, including Obama’s. But Michael Vachon, his spokesman, argued that Soros’s giving is transparent, and that “none of his contributions are in the service of his own economic interests.”

A big tell as to where Mayer is coming from is presented at the get go in a photo caption that states: "David H. Koch in 1996. He and his brother Charles are lifelong libertarians and have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes."

Much of the information for Mayer's article comes from the "non-partisan" group, Center for Public Integrity. And how do we know it is non-partisan? Because Jane Mayer says so. Unfortunately for Mayers' assertion, even a most basic Web search reveals Center for Public Integrity to be a left-wing group which is funded by the aforementioned George Soros.

What is most laughable about the charge by Mayer about the Tea Party movement being funded by the Koch brothers is that there is really nothing much to fund. It takes almost no money to hold Tea Party rallies. How much has to be spent to post on Facebook that there will be a Tea Party rally taking place in, say, Sunrise, Florida at the northeast corner of University and Oakland Park Blvd. on a certain date? Pretty much the only costs consists of minor gas fare to get there and small expenditures on signs and flags paid by the participants themselves. No big league funding necessary but that hasn't stopped Mayer from making the ridiculous charge of big money being poured into the Tea Party movement. 

Other charges made by the transparently devious Mayer are that the Koch brothers don't (EEK!) blindly buy into the Global Warming mythology. Bottom line is that all the Koch Brothers are really "guilty" of is that they support conservative (along with vast charitable) causes. In an alternative universe where those brothers were supporting liberal causes there would be no Jane Mayer hit piece on them.