The Media Scandal That Wasn’t

If collaborating with a political party is BAD, what does that make Faux Nooz?

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John Hinderaker

This is the question that one must ask upon hearing the charge that John “I was in on the Rathergate Smear” Hinderaker is pushing for his not-so-new patrons, the Brothers Koch:

Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats? John Hinderaker / Power Line POSTED ON MARCH 26, 2014 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN MEDIA BIAS, THE WAR ON THE KOCH BROTHERS A major development occurred today in the scandal

Scandal? You mean the one you’ve just ginned up, John? Oh!

surrounding the Washington Post’s attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline.

The allegation is the legiojournalousy version of the “straw man” argument. Or, the “Action Figure” allegation:

In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was the basis for the Washington Post’s story of March 20. The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in favor of the pipeline; if the pipeline is built, Koch will make no use of it to ship oil from Alberta or anywhere else; and construction of Keystone would actually damage Koch’s economic interests by raising the price of midwestern oil that flows to Koch’s Pine Bend refinery. The reporters who wrote the Post article that tried to portray Koch as the driving force behind the Keystone pipeline, Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, did not dispute any of these facts….

Lawyerly? Well, Hinderaker IS a Minnesota attorney. Funny thing is, his firm has been doing big time legal representation for the Koch Brothers for more than a decade AT LEAST. ( An inconvenient truth Hinderaker has a track record of omitting.)


Oh, and nowhere is it written that the Washington Post has to respond to a partisan blogger and Koch mouthpiece with zero journalistic credentials. Not that Hinderaker realizes this. Moreover, Hinderaker seems to be “special” in the eyes of his patrons:

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Powerline At Cato by Paul Krugman New York Times | MARCH 5, 2012, 8:31 AM […] But what really struck me was that among the people the Kochs have tried to place on the board is John Hinderaker of Powerline. Hinderaker is best known for this:

It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.

But what I remember best is his sneering dismissal of any suggestion that there might be a housing bubble, or that falling home prices would do any economic damage. So now we know what it takes to get big support from the Kochs.

Why am I not dealing with Mr. Hinderaker’s charges?

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Why they’s NEWSMEN collaboratin’ with politicians (who aren’t Faux Nooz!) SHOCKED! SHOCKED!

Because his self-interest in foisting off a phony scandal, and his past history of engaging in JUST SUCH scandals does more to point out a possible reason as to why the Koch brothers tried to install him on the CATO board of Directors following their hostile takeover in 2012 than it grants him the credibility of a Faux Nooz talking point. WHY does this still need to be pointed out NOW? Because the metrics of this little crusade (flaccidly supported as it now appears in the early hours … but may ramp up, if there is a coordinated thrust) point to an attempt to flip the attention from the Koch Brothers’ financial interest in the XL pipeline, and in the Alberta tar sands to the tired old meme that the “liberal media” is always out to GET Republicans …

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even though the Brothers Koch are not and have never been Republicans, but are happy to use the reflexive dismissal of the vassals of Faux Nooz as a way of avoiding criticism. This the beginning of a long, twilight struggle by the Koch Brothers hired mouthpieces to pretend that they’re just the poor victims of the mean old government and their trained D.C. Attack Journalists ….


When that charge is made — made truly and correctly against the Faux Nooz and Right Wing Media — it is dismissed out of hand. So why should it carry water here? This is a demonic double standard. [But just watch the WaPo’s Ombudsman kerfuffle after being kerfluffed by the troll patrol and wring the paper’s metaphorical hoary hands and reinforce the false meme of bias against hateful GOPpers and their bigotries — the only kind of ‘trees’ they actually like.]


Napolitano was ALSO installed on the CATO board *

[* The Volokh Conspiracy » Koch v. Cato — A View from Cato:

There is more, however, that might be said about the Kochs’ dishonest narrative…. Last year, they used their shares to place two of their operatives – Kevin Gentry and Nancy Pfotenhauer – on our board against the wishes of every single board member save for David Koch. Last Thursday, they used their shares to force another four new board members on us (the most that their shares would allow at any given meeting); Charles Koch, Ted Olson (hired council for Koch Industries), Preston Marshall (the largest shareholder of Koch Industries save for Charles and David), and Andrew Napolitano (a frequent speaker at Koch-sponsored events).  Those four – who had not previously been involved with Cato either financially or organizationally –were likewise opposed by every member of our board save for Gentry, Pfotenhauer, and David Koch.  To make room for these Koch operatives, we were forced to remove four long-time, active board members, two of whom were our biggest donors.  At this moment, the Kochs now control seven of our 16 board seats, two short of outright control….]

SO: WHY THE HELL IS IT BAD FOR (as Hinderaker alleges and which I reject until and unless proven beyond a reasonable doubt by someone OTHER than a Koch mouthpiece) ACTUAL JOURNALISTS TO COLLABORATE WITH POLITICAL PARTIES?* Until and unless the Fauxbots ANSWER that one, don’t bother trying to pretend that there’s a scandal here that is DIFFERENT in any qualitative way from the scandal that you live up to your nose in: the scandal of partisan “journalism” masquerading as journalism at all.

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[* Hint: because actual journalism doesn’t collaborate. But Hinderaker provides this as his ONLY proof, which would get any shyster laughed out of court, but which seems to be TOTAL PROOF — in Hinderaker’s alleged mind — that there was collaboration. He KNOWS this to be a rhetorical trick, a LIE, but pursues it anyway, further damaging any notion that he might be credible:

The Democrats’ letter raises an obvious question: did the Washington Post publish its article attempting to link Koch to Keystone at the request of Whitehouse and/or Waxman, or at the request of other Democrats who were coordinating with Whitehouse and Waxman? Given the blatantly political purpose to which the Post’s article has now been put, it is reasonable to inquire into its genesis: was it a Democratic Party plant from the start? … Coincidence? Maybe. But it seems likely that the Washington Post article was a put-up job, cobbled together and based on a ridiculous report written, apparently, by a couple of high school-age interns at the International Forum on Globalization, for the specific purpose of serving as the pretense for Whitehouse and Waxman to push the Democratic Party’s talking points. Is this what happened? I don’t know, but we would like to find out.

And that is the sum total of his “proof” of a “scandal.” ] Mr. Hinderaker STILL refuses to acknowledge those who hold his leash and toss him his scoobie-snacks. Even as he barks at their behest.

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Update: Two PJ Media columnists linked to this, but it vanished from Memeorandum like a rock.  Let’s see if Hannutty can resurrect it tonight. The Kochs are prickly and thin-skinned, and, evidently, have drawn up a strategy for attacking any critics of their Last Hurrah: the last off-year election for them to move their chess pieces across the board. They’ve been patiently building up to this for decades, too long for them to allow any pesky REPORTERS to keep them from stealthily supplying us all with “freedom” and “liberty” as long as we don’t complain, or ask why this largesse from people who believe altruism to be the scourge of humankind.

Mr. Williams has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog.

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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