A recent Pew Research Center study conducted in March 2013 revealed that 85% of MSNBC’s content is opinion. Far from being a news organization, MSNBC has become known more as a mouthpiece for the Democrat party and a defender of Barack Obama. In fact, their motto LEAN FORWARD conveniently ties into the word pushed by the progressive left to ‘just move forward’.
Recently, Rachel Maddow hurled an accusation against one of the left’s favorite private citizens to bully — the Koch brothers. Known for their Libertarian leaning activism, the Koch brothers have been the target of attacks by a wide range of people on the left, from left leaning ‘news organizations, individuals online, and even Barack Obama himself.
Obama very often attacked the Koch brothers, both directly and indirectly, as he demonized groups such as Americans for Prosperity and other, as Obama put it, shadowy organizations in the left fight against campaign finance laws. This week, Rachel Maddow picked up the attack on the Koch brothers torch accusing the brothers, misrepresenting their donations and then refusing to retract her allegations even once contacted by their attorney.
Newsbusters provided even further background as to the history of this week’s feud between the left leaning forward MSNBC and their favorite conservative target, the Koch brothers.
As NewsBusters has reported for years, the conservative-leaning Koch brothers are a routine target of the liberal media for their contributions to causes that don’t fit the left’s agenda.
On Monday, Koch Industries accused MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow of misrepresenting its donations to falsely assert the billionaire brothers are supporting laws in Florida to drug test welfare recipients.
In researching this accusation, NewsBusters has discovered that neither Maddow nor anyone at MSNBC bothered to contact the organization the Kochs are alleged to be connected to.
Maybe even worse, Maddow didn’t bother informing viewers that Comcast, the media conglomerate that owns NBC Universal which includes MSNBC, is actually a contributor to the same alleged conduit the Kochs are.
Our story begins on January 2 of this year when Amy Shuster, the producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, sent an email message to representatives of Koch Industries informing them of a segment airing that evening:
Mark and Rob,
I’m sorry for the late request.
We’re covering the story of the Florida law that was just struck down on the 31st – the law that mandated drug testing for welfare applicants. The Florida Foundation for Government Accountability (FFGA) has supported drug testing for welfare recipients. The Koch Brothers have donated to the State Policy Network of which the FFGA is a member. Do the Kochs wish to comment on mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients?
Please let me know and sorry for the late notice.
As the email message was sent at 8:14 PM EST, Koch representatives were given a total of 46 minutes to respond to the request before air time. Even worse, 7:14 PM CDT is after business hours at Koch.
As such, it seems this producer wasn’t interested in a comment at all, does it?
Clearly, this isn’t what one would expect from a reputable news organization.
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