Rachel Maddow and I have two things in common. From time to time we both screw up. When we do, we admit it, and correct the mistake. That, however is not enough some of the Republican Party’s richest secret donors. David and Charles Koch demanded that Rachel apologize and read a script to that effect, when she was telling the truth.
So David and Charles Koch want Rachel Maddow to read their prepared script on the air admitting her "error" and apologizing for it?
Excuse me while I clean the spewed coffee off my screen.
Here’s how this whole thing started. In late December, Rachel did a segment on how the Kochs buy their economic studies reinforcing conservative ideas. They do this by donating huge sums to universities and demanding the right to hire faculty who think like they do. That report is here.
Apparently the Kochs didn’t appreciate her reporting, because for some bizarre reason they don’t mind throwing billions around the political universe but shy away from receiving credit for it. So they had their lawyers send Rachel a letter, and boy was it a doozy, as you’ll see in the segment. It included a demand that she read a prepared script by the lawyers retracting her report and apologizing for it… [emphasis added]
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Here’s that video:
Major kudos to Rachel Maddow. She is one of far too few journalists who tells the truth and refuses to become a Koch sucker when threatened, This also highlights the need to make it impossible for the 0.1% to fund Republican extremism in secret.