As we have been documenting over recent months, Koch has been the target of numerous, false disparagements on MSNBC. Details on many of those instances can be found here, here, here, here, here, and here. The senior executive for standards and practices at NBC has agreed with us that MSNBC’s coverage of Koch has been journalistically improper — most recently when Democratic operative Karen Finney dishonestly accused Koch of involvement in the Trayvon Martin tragedy.
In an effort to set the record straight, Koch’s General Counsel, Mark Holden, agreed to appear on the Martin Bashir show on May 17, 2012 to hold Ms. Finney and MSNBC accountable for having deceived viewers. Prior to the broadcast, MSNBC President, Phil Griffin, acknowledged that the network and Ms. Finney had erred, agreeing that what Ms. Finney said was “wrong.” He also said he hoped that MSNBC’s coverage of Koch can move beyond “bomb-throwing.”