Further to my recent articles about Fox News’s bankrolling of the Republican Party and Jon Stewart’s exposé of the connections between Fox News and the “Ground Zero Mosque’s” alleged Saudi financier, some more information is continuing to come to light about the sheer scale of what is actually going on behind the scenes.
Firstly, let’s start with Fox News’s connection with the Republicans. It goes far beyond the $1 million which the channel’s parent company News Corp has now been confirmed to have donated to the Republican Party:
“In recent years, at least twenty Fox News personalities have endorsed, raised money, or campaigned for Republican candidates or causes, or against Democratic candidates or causes, in more than 300 instances and in all 50 states. Republican parties and officials have routinely touted these personalities’ affiliations with Fox News to sell and promote their events.”
The rest of the Media Matters article gives a detailed breakdown of exactly who has been involved, what activities they’ve undertaken, dates & locations etc.
Comprehensive details about the exact amount of money involving people associated with Fox News during the 2010 election cycle alone can be read here. Apparently it comes to nearly $50 million to date, with far more pending.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. During the past few days, both the New York Times and the New Yorker have published articles revealing the billionaires who are actually bankrolling the “Tea Party” movement and doing everything they can to destroy Barack Obama’s presidency. The details below expand considerably on Sunny’s recent PP article which also mentioned the matter, although that article focused on environmental issues.
There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.
…..Tea Partiers may share the Kochs’ detestation of taxes, big government and Obama. But there’s a difference between mainstream conservatism and a fringe agenda that tilts completely toward big business, whether on Wall Street or in the Gulf of Mexico, while dismantling fundamental government safety nets designed to protect the unemployed, public health, workplace safety and the subsistence of the elderly. The Koch brothers must be laughing all the way to the bank knowing that working Americans are aiding and abetting their selfish interests.
This article is quite long but meticulously researched, and none of the author’s right-wing detractors have been able to find any factual errors in its contents. The article focuses on the Koch brothers, who have apparently been at the epicentre of the increasingly-militant right-wing anti-Obama movement right from day one; via their group “Americans for Prosperity”, they’re also directly connected to Fox News. According to a Republican campaign consultant mentioned in the article, they even provided the money to start the “Tea Party” movement in the first place.
Both the NYT article and the New Yorker article are definitely worth reading in full, but the scale of what has really been happening can be summarised in the following extracts from the latter:
The brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus…..Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said, “The Kochs are on a whole different level. There’s no one else who has spent this much money. The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart. They have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. I’ve been in Washington since Watergate, and I’ve never seen anything like it“.
…..And the brothers’ investment may well have paid off: Americans for Prosperity, in concert with the family’s other organizations, has been instrumental in disrupting the Obama Presidency….Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist and a historian, who once worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank that the Kochs fund, said, “With the emergence of the Tea Party,…..the Kochs are “trying to shape and control and channel the populist uprising into their own policies.”….Another former Koch adviser said, “They’re smart. This right-wing, redneck stuff works for them. They see this as a way to get things done without getting dirty themselves.” Rob Stein, a Democratic political strategist who has studied the conservative movement’s finances, said that the Kochs are “at the epicenter of the anti-Obama movement. But it’s not just about Obama….They are out to destroy progressivism.”
…..Phil Kerpen, the vice-president for policy at Americans for Prosperity, is a contributor to the Fox News Web site. Another officer at Americans for Prosperity, Walter Williams, often guest-hosts for [Rush] Limbaugh…..[Glenn] Beck appears to be a fan of the Kochs; in the midst of a recent on-air parody of Al Gore, Beck said, without explanation, “I want to thank Charles Koch for this information.” Beck declined to elaborate on the relationship.
…..The Kochs have long depended on the public’s not knowing all the details about them.
So, not only is the “Tea Party” movement not quite the “grassroots uprising” which it has been presented as, but it’s been orchestrated and financed right from the start by a handful of individuals who have been determined to keep a very low profile indeed.
As for Fox News, since they’ve repeatedly been encouraging people to “follow the money” in their allegations about Park51/Cordoba House, the same logic applied to them continues to confirm the following facts: Not only are there direct links between Fox News and a Saudi Arabian prince, but there are also direct links between Fox News, the Republican Party, the “Tea Party” movement, and the shadowy Right-wing billionaires who have been revealed as manipulating everything behind the scenes.
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