Monday, October 27th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – October 27, 2014

Did You Hear the Koch Brothers Just Gave a Million Bucks to NPR to Cover Healthcare?
http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2014/10/27/did-you-hear-the-koch-brothers-just-gave-a-million-bucks-to.html
By DAVID CALLAHAN
Inside Philanthropy

Come to think of it, I didn’t recall any controversy when RWJF gave National Public Radio $5.6 million to report on healthcare between 2008 and 2011, during a period when this was among the most politicized of all topics.

You’d think that somebody would at least have raised an eyebrow, given that RWJF is a strong proponent of the Affordable Care Act, as well as other healthcare policy positions on the progressive side of the spectrum.

God bless that foundation, if you ask me. But as a thought experiment, imagine if the Koch brothers had given the same amount of money to NPR to cover healthcare.

People would have gone nuts.

A Rare Victory for Public Defense
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/opinion/a-rare-victory-for-public-defense.html
By EDITORIAL BOARD
New York Times

On the same day as the New York settlement, it was announced that the Koch brothers had made a six-figure grant to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to help train public defenders and fund research aimed at improving public defense.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was right to stop fighting the lawsuit, which settled only on the eve of trial. New York had faced the embarrassment of being the first state to stand trial over its inability to provide public defense.

The Truly Daffy Demonization of the Brothers Koch
http://www.ingrams.com/article/the-truly-daffy-demonization-of-the-brothers-koch/
By JACK CASHILL
Ingram’s

As Wichita’s Koch family has learned the hard way, the surest way to make mortal enemies in contemporary America is to build a hugely successful business, stick to your principles, and care about the future of your country.

A bantam-weight among those enemies is The Kansas City Star. Not above the occasional rabbit punch, Star editors jabbed away with a recent story headlined, “Conservative Koch group launches TV ad attacking Orman in Kansas Senate race.”

Never mind that the Kochs are libertarians, not conservatives. What intrigues about the story is that hundreds of groups run ads every campaign season. To single out just one sponsor by name when that sponsor is running perfectly legal ads in its own state suggests something deeper than a bias. It suggests a disease, specifically KDS—Koch Derangement Syndrome

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