Believe it or not, as a liberal, I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of every “liberal” media personality simply because they’re mostly on my side of the political spectrum. That being said, when it comes to Rachel Maddow I rarely find myself disagreeing with much of what she says. Not that it hasn’t happened, but she just seems to be spot-on with much of her commentary.
So when I read the story about Rachel Maddow calling out the pathetic attempt by the Koch brothers to more or less make her read an on-air scripted apology written by their legal team — I knew it would be pure gold.
Maddow had apparently run a story previously detailing big money funneling into groups supporting the push within many states to force people applying for welfare to pass a drug test as a qualification for benefits. Something that many of you might have heard has been struck down by a federal judge in Florida.
Well, during this report she pointed out the fact (keyword there) that funding from the Koch brothers was linked to several groups that have been behind the push for these programs.
The Koch brothers didn’t like the fact that someone linked their crooked money with these conservative groups, so their lawyers sent a letter to Ms. Maddow which basically included a script they wanted her to read, on-air, retracting her story about their involvement.
Now if you want to report on news or any kind of story, it’s not completely uncommon to report something, only to find out sometime after that the information you were given wasn’t 100% accurate. It’s something I’ve seen Maddow do on occasion on her show.
That being said, there’s absolutely no reason for any kind of “media figure” to retract anything that’s true, which is exactly what the Koch brothers were wanting Ms. Maddow to do. They wanted her to retract a story (by repeating their handwritten script on live television) that was factually true, simply because it didn’t paint them in the best light.
Apparently this isn’t an uncommon practice (the Koch’s sending legal letters) as Maddow said, “Very frequently, when we cover the Koch brothers, we then hear from the Koch brothers’ lawyer.” It would seem by that comment that many times when the Koch brothers are exposed for doing exactly what they do (attempting to buy campaigns and elections) they send out legal letters hoping to get the information retracted. But what these letters really represent is their attempts to intimidate the media.
Now, Maddow didn’t say exactly what this letter said, but it must have been pretty ridiculous if she felt the need to bring it up on her show, saying:
“We will not stop reporting on the political actions and the consequences of the political actions of rich and powerful men, even if they send angry letters every time we do it. I will not read scripts provided to me by anyone else. I do not play requests.”
It seems she struck a nerve with the Kochs and they pathetically tried to intimidate her into reading their handwritten apology.
The Kochs represent a real threat to this country for the simple fact that they’re blatantly trying to buy political campaigns, elections and in reality an entire political party — yet I’m willing to bet 90% of conservatives (if not more) have no idea who they are.
I hope individuals like Maddow continue to expose people like the Koch brothers. It’s vital that more people become aware of exactly who the people are behind the unheard of amount of dirty money being funneled into our government.
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