Koch Industries, which has dumped tens of millions of dollars into organizations that deny climate science, also wields its influence through a network of media operatives
that are now shielding the private conglomorate from criticism.
In a dismissal of the questionable connection between Koch Industries and Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, the Wall Street Journal
's James Taranto recently defended
the dubious political wrangling of the Koch brothers while chastizing its critics, namely Common Cause. Common Cause organized the recent protest in Rancho Mirage
, California outside of the ritzy resort Charles Koch selected as a haven for undemocratic scheming.
What is ironic about Taranto's pro-Koch piece is his offense to the Wall Street Journal'
s editorial page being considered biased (it clearly is, as you would expect
from a Rupert Murdoch business
), while the WSJ editorial board actually has a direct connection to Koch Industries itself.
, who sits with Taranto on the Wall Street Journal
editorial board and is an economic pundit on TV networks, attended
the secretive gathering hosted by Charles Koch in Aspen, Colorado last June. In fact, it was Moore who revealed in a 2006 interview with Charles Koch
that these meetings exist.
As outlined in a forthcoming Greenpeace report, Moore has ties
to the Cato Institute
, co-founded by Charles Koch, and the Heritage Foundation
, which have each received millions of dollars from Koch foundations since 1997. Moore has provided an explicit voice in the fabricated non-debate over climate science, where scientists are pinned against industry talking points and cherrypicked data (see clip provided by ThinkProgress
The Wall Street Journal
's opinion section has also served as host to prominent climate obstructionists, such as Bjorn Lomborg
and scientists-for-hire Richard Lindzen
and Patrick Michaels
. Lindzen and Michaels are deeply integrated into Koch- and Exxon-funded think tanks such as Cato, the George C. Marshall Institute
, Tech Central Station
and the Heartland Institute
. Michaels is currently being scrutinized after he apparently under-reported his financial backing by coal and oil companies
during a presentation before Congress.
Taranto also cites Jonathan Adler from the National Review Online
to attack Common Cause. Adler has links
to the Koch- and Exxon-funded Federalist Society
for the Justices Thomas and Scalia attendance at a secret Koch meeting), Competitive Enterprise Institute
, and the Property and Environment Research Center
Oh, and Adler's connection as a blogger
for the National Review Online
adds another connection to Koch Industries--NRO senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru attended
the Koch meeting in Aspen last June, just as Stephen Moore did. Moore also contributes to the National Review
...that must have been what Taranto meant by adhering to the "highest standards of journalistic integrity."
For more on Koch Industries' connections to media outlets, check out Kate Sheppard's recent piece in Mother Jones
, and keep your eyes peeled for more details from Greenpeace.