The Koch Brother’s Scandal vs. the Main-Stream News Media

October 3, 2011

Well, here it is, 3:00 PM, and I’m still waiting for one — just one — of the major news networks to say something, anything, about what may be the biggest scandal ever involving the second wealthiest men of America ($50 billion when their individual wealth is combined): David and Charles Koch.

As I posted last night, the story broke around 9:00 PM last evening when it was learned that Bloomberg Magazine would publish the results of a lengthy investigation into the Koch brother’s involvement in selling equipment to Iran, thus violating American laws, and bribing officials in at least six countries.

I spent the larger part of the day scanning ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, CNN and Fox Faux, and not even so much as a ticker was seen acknowledging the story. And people wonder why we don’t trust our main-stream news media.

I stuck very close to the news channels from 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM, and then scanned them several times each hour throughout the day. The following, as I documented in real time, is what was “important” to those news channels during the first five hours.

Ok, it’s 6:00 AM on Monday morning; 9 hours since the Bloomberg story about how the Koch brothers flouted the law with secret Iran sales was made public and 1 hour since the “day-time” main-stream news media came on air. And neither CNBC, CNN nor Fox Faux has even mentioned it. But what we do “know” from them thus far is how terrible the Obama Administration has been at handling the economy and markets (CNBC), an in-depth, over and over again, report on what’s going on with Amanda Knox, the girl convicted of murder in Italy (CNN, Fox, CBS and ABC), Rick Perry’s latest “scandal” over the “Ni*head Ranch” hunting club in north west Texas (CNN only; no word from CNBC or Fox), The Conrad Murray / Michael Jackson murder trial (NBC), and how the Obama Administration has “murdered” a terrorist (nearly all of them). CNN did mention the OccupyWallStreet protesters, related strictly to the number of arrest, but mainly just making fun of them.

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM (CNN) – This segment, with a crew change, was 2 hours of “nothing but the news”; no chit-chat, no “talking” – which makes ignoring the Koch story even more obvious.  The 6:00 AM report could basically be repeated here, with CNN taking the lead of “ignorance.

So there you have it. As far as the network and cable news media is concerned, it’s just simply not worthy of mentioning. Besides! It won’t be true until the Koch brothers go before the public and admit to their guilt; just like Bernie Madoff!


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