The Koch Brothers; BOO! Tom Steyer? Shhhhh.

The WA-Po published a hit piece on that ubiquitous bogey man among the left, the Koch brothers. Naturally, it was dishonest, misleading, deceitful, and otherwise anything but accurate.  John Hindraker explained some of the errors. 

The Post responded with much heat and defensiveness, but again, little accuracy, and strangely, seemed to defend posting a misleading hit piece by a leftist (identified only as an ‘activist,’ whereas the libertarian Koch brothers were inaccurately identified as ‘conservative’) on the basis that it generated discussion.

Hindraker corrected them again:

So Thursday evening, I wrote about the Post article here. I pointed out that Koch is not, in fact, the largest leaser of tar sands land; that Koch will not be a user of the pipeline if it is built; and that construction of the Keystone Pipeline would actually be harmful to Koch’s economic interests, which is why Koch has never taken a position on the pipeline’s construction. The Keystone Pipeline, in short, has nothing whatsoever to do with the Koch brothers.

My post garnered a great deal of attention, and Mufson and Eilperin undertook to respond to it here. It isn’t much of a response: they don’t deny the truth of anything I wrote, and they don’t try to sustain the proposition that Koch is even in favor of the pipeline, let alone the driving force behind it. They lamely suggest that if Koch leased 2 million acres, rather than 1.1 million as they reported on Thursday, then Koch might be the largest leaseholder. But they make no attempt to respond to the official Province of Alberta maps that I posted, which clearly show that Canadian National Resources, Ltd., for example, leases more acreage than Koch.

Sheesh.  If *I* leased 3 million acres, then *I* might be the largest leaseholder.  If Mufson and Eilperin leased 3 million of those acres, then *they* might be the largest leaseholders.

In addition to correcting their ‘corrections’, Hindraker also explained further why there’s a reason to be mistrustful of that article, and the MSM in general.  One of the two authors of this ‘report’ is Juliet Eilperin:

“… a reporter for the Washington Post who covers, among other things, environmental politics. As I wrote in my prior post, she is married to Andrew Light. Light writes on climate policy for the Center for American Progress, a far-left organization that has carried on a years-long vendetta against Charles and David Koch on its web site, Think Progress. Light is also a member of the Obama administration, as Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy on Climate Change in the Department of State. The Center for American Progress is headed by John Podesta, who chaired Barack Obama’s transition team and is now listed as a “special advisor” to the Obama administration. Note that Ms. Eilperin quoted Podesta, her husband’s boss, in her puff piece on Tom Steyer.

Oh, yes–one more thing. Guess who sits on the board of the Center for American Progress? Yup. Tom Steyer.

This kind of incest is common in Washington. You can’t separate the reporters from the activists from the Obama administration officials from the billionaire cronies. Often, as in this instance, the same people wear two or more of those hats simultaneously. However bad you think the corruption and cronyism in Washington are, they are worse than you imagine. And if you think the Washington Post is part of a free and independent press, think again.

 

Rather than writing that hit piece to ‘inflame public debate,’ a bizarre justification for dishonest and misleading claptrap, Hindraker suggests:

Let me offer an alternative explanation of why the Washington Post published their Keystone/Koch smear: 1) The Washington Post in general, and Mufson and Eilperin in particular, are agents of the Left, the environmental movement and the Democratic Party. 2) The Keystone Pipeline is a problem for the Democratic Party because 60% of voters want the pipeline built, while the party’s left-wing base insists that it not be approved. 3) The Keystone Pipeline is popular because it would broadly benefit the American people by creating large numbers of jobs, making gasoline more plentiful and bringing down the cost of energy. 4) Therefore, the Democratic Party tries to distract from the real issues surrounding the pipeline by claiming, falsely, that its proponents are merely tools of the billionaire Koch brothers–who, in fact, have nothing to do with Keystone one way or the other. 5) The Post published its article to assist the Democratic Party with its anti-Keystone talking points.

That’s not all. There’s more, much more, and it’s well worth reading. Click through the link to read the rest.

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