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Old 06-24-2014, 07:19 AM
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From one of today's papers

Networks cover Koch funding of political campaigns 9 times more than liberals Soros, Steyer, Democracy Alliance combined

Things go better with Koch – except, apparently, for good journalism. News divisions at broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC have set ethics aside and joined a liberal crusade to demonize conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch. Broadcast reports have embraced the Democratic initiative to make elections all about money on the right while largely ignoring top donors on the left.

Since 2012, the big three networks have reported on the Koch brothers and their funding of political campaigns 9 times more often than liberal billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer.

ABC, CBS and NBC have entirely ignored big-monied liberal organizations like the Democracy Alliance, which is spending $200 million to “to boost liberal candidates and causes.” Even on June 23, when Politico reported on a secretive April Democracy Alliance meeting, there was no coverage.

Broadcast journalists have had it in for the Koch brothers. Their contributions, we’re told, have funded “very, very conservative causes,” they operate in “secrecy” and are part of the “elite.” One ABC story featured representatives from three separate George-Soros-funded organizations to criticize the Kochs. Not one of them was identified as such.

To journalists, only conservative money is ever suspect. Those neutral network types even dug up professional left-wingers like “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert and ultra-liberal Chris Matthews, of MSNBC, to whine about conservative money.

This isn’t surprising. Reporters, producers and editors rely on lefty media for too much of their news. Several years back, Huffington Post was voted the most popular blog by political reporters. It has only gained in stature.

And HuffPost and other lefty sites have been in a feeding frenzy over the Kochs since before the 2012 election. Go to Huffingtonpost, Alternet or any of the other liberal hangouts on the Internet and the word “Koch” is synonymous with evil. There’s “Bernie Sanders Dismisses The Koch Brothers' 'Kookie Crazy' Influence timed to the new liberal movie about the Kochs. Or, “Koch Brothers Revealed In Damning Film Exposé,” about the very same film. A quest for Koch on HuffPost reveals 196,000 mentions according to Google.

The Kochs feature so prominently in liberal commentary, they should get a cut of fundraising dollars.

Yes, conservatives dwell on Soros because he’s the Daddy Warbucks for liberal causes.

Here’s the difference. Conservative comments about liberal funding get ignored by most traditional news outlets. But when lefties whine about a conservative funder, media outlets rush to help.

Look at how the networks treated Koch money. As the 2012 presidential election neared, ABC sent investigative reporter Brian Ross to Florida for a wildly one-sided report that included comments from three Soros-funded groups that were never identified as such.

There was Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, bemoaning that “we have levels of secrecy never seen in the contemporary historic era.” The Center for Public Integrity has received $2,716,328 from Soros’s Open Society Foundations since 2000.

Ross also cited Sheila Krumholtz, executive director for the Center for Responsive Politics. That center has received $725,000 from Soros’ foundations since 2000. Why stop there?

Ellen Miller, executive director of the Soros-funded Sunlight Foundation, added some advice the networks only embraced for Republicans. “It’s important for the American public to know who’s financing their conventions and who the candidates could be beholden to.”

Sunlight has received $1,377,066 from Soros’s foundations since 2008.

Sunlight. What a concept. By contrast, the networks only explained about Soros’ funding in one story and alluded to it in another. Since the beginning of 2012, just one story that gave any details about Soros, his son Jonathan or Tom Steyer, who has committed $100 million to fund eco-politics.

Both times, the reporting was done as part of Koch stories.

And when the networks reported about the brothers Koch, they did all they could to make them appear scary. All three broadcast networks hyped the secrecy of the Koch donor meetings, even though such meetings are almost always private – just like the Democracy Alliance.

CBS told viewers of “another closed door meeting in San Diego held by two conservative super donors, billionaires Charles and David Koch.” ABC tried to link Charles Koch to an ominous-sounding “secret effort” to fund Mitt Romney’s campaign for president. And NBC had GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney “appearing behind closed doors at the South Hampton home of David Koch, the conservative billionaire who is spending millions to support GOP candidates.”

Journalists did everything but peep through keyholes tracking the Kochs. Liberal funders, on the other hand, could literally throw cash at their candidates and the media look the other way.

That’s political journalism in 2014.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:51 AM
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Sounds like a bias report. Maybe why the media holds conservative money suspect, is because it is suspect.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by stormyday395 View Post
Sounds like a bias report. Maybe why the media holds conservative money suspect, is because it is suspect.
So Genius, enlighten me: Why is conservative money donated by a couple of billionaires suspect while liberal money donated by a couple of billionaires isn't? I know you're naturally kind of dumb but that was the point of the article. The media is focused only on side of the issue which is what makes it biased.

You may want to refresh yourself on the meaning of the word biased. Here, let me help you with that one:

Biased: adjective \ˈbī-əst\

: having or showing a bias : having or showing an unfair tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc., are better than others


http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biased

The bottom line is, if donations from the very wealthy are going to be criticized, then they have to be criticized when it pertains to both parties and not just one. If the Koch's are looked at in a bad way, then why is George Soros and other liberal donors not looked in the same manner? Why does one side automatically get a pass while the other side is portrayed as villains?

Additionally, did you not catch the references to the dollar amounts the people that were criticizing the Koch brothers were paid by foundations run by Soros? Can you say Conflict of Interest? Of course, I know you can't say Conflict of Interest because you are obviously blinded by not only your own bias (see above for definition) but also by your utter ignorance.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by stormyday395 View Post
Sounds like a bias report. Maybe why the media holds conservative money suspect, is because it is suspect.
Geez, why am I not surprised at that stupid statement from our #1 Lib!
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Topgun 3006 View Post
Geez, why am I not surprised at that stupid statement from our #1 Lib!
Top, I wouldn't put Stormy at #1... I might toss a coin between Will, and BB for that qualification... If HD were still around (Some believe that he is) he would be in the running for that position as well.
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Originally Posted by Lunkerdog View Post
Top, I wouldn't put Stormy at #1... I might toss a coin between Will, and BB for that qualification... If HD were still around (Some believe that he is) he would be in the running for that position as well.
Heck, I thought we had all decided they are all one in the same, LOL!
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:26 PM
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This is just an example Genius.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-be...b_5165995.html
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Originally Posted by stormyday395 View Post
An example of what, LOL?!
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Topgun 3006 View Post
Heck, I thought we had all decided they are all one in the same, LOL!
Top, I've actually had what "I consider to be" good dialog with Stormy in the past... Can't really say that about some others... He kind of reminds me of Cent... OhOh... That may blow Tops, top
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Originally Posted by Lunkerdog View Post
Top, I've actually had what "I consider to be" good dialog with Stormy in the past... Can't really say that about some others... He kind of reminds me of Cent... OhOh... That may blow Tops, top
Thank you Lunkerdog, i don't really think I'm crazy, but its hard to be the patient and the doctor at the same time
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