I guess if you’re worth billions of dollars, it doesn’t really matter if you waste some of it advertising on a show with an audience that’s clearly not in your typical “targeted demographic.” So while it’s a bit surprising to hear that the Koch brothers bought themselves some
propaganda ad space on The Daily Show, I guess it does make some sense. Jon Stewart’s show typically has a younger audience, and it seems the Koch brothers see his show as a potential gateway into brainwashing a few younger minds.
Nonetheless, it’s still a bit odd to see Koch advertisements on The Daily Show.
And you just had to know that Stewart wasn’t going to let this go without having something to say on the matter.
He started off by playing the ad, which is nothing more than propaganda that really doesn’t say anything. It just shows a bunch of smiling people in various industries with the narrator pushing the kind of pro-Koch Industries rhetoric you would expect.
The whole tone of the ad screams: Don’t listen to all the liberal lies! The Koch brothers are great! Look at all these smiling people! Look, a baby in a diaper! We can’t be evil if there’s a baby in our ad, can we?!
Again, you’d have to be a fool to not see what the point of this advertisement is. It’s essentially a political ad for a massive energy corporation. It reminded me a lot of the ads from a few decades ago where cigarette companies tried to tell Americans that smoking was safe.
Then after Stewart did a quick rundown detailing the nearly $300 million the Koch brothers are spending through various dark money political groups to essentially buy legislation, he decided to rollout his version of the Koch ad.
Only this “ad” was edited and narrated to depict the truth about the Koch brothers and what it is they actually do. Which I’m sure you can imagine isn’t quite the same message as the original.
Stewart concluded the segment by saying, “Koch Industries: bending the democratic process to our will since 1980.”
People should really be aware of who the Koch brothers are. They’re not just your typical right-wing conservatives. These are extremely radical Libertarian conservatives who essentially want to abolish any and all government regulations and put an end to almost all social programs.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at the Libertarian party’s platform from 1980, the year David Koch was the vice presidential candidate for the party. It includes stances supported by David Koch such as abolishing Social Security and the privatization of our public roads. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
These guys are terrifyingly dangerous, and they’re getting closer and closer to essentially buying the Republican party. That’s not hyperbole or an exaggeration, that’s just the truth.
Though you have to wonder, after Stewart shredded their pathetic ad, could they be rethinking their decision to run ads during his show?
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: