It looks like the Morning Joe crew has sucked up enough to David and Charles Koch that they rate an "exclusive joint interview" with David and Charles Koch. Together. In Kansas.
Also, Charles Koch is on a book tour. Even billionaires grift. Maybe that should read, especially billionaires grift.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will have an exclusive, first-ever joint interview with Charles and David Koch. The interviews will take place in the Koch's childhood home in Wichita, KS.
In one sitdown with Charles Koch, Joe and Mika will discuss with him his new bestselling book "Good Profit". Then, David will join Charles for a conversation about their unique backgrounds and lives, and their thoughts on politics.
"Morning Joe" (weekdays, 6-9 AM ET) will air the interviews in a special live broadcast from Wichita State University on Tuesday, November 3, one year out from Election Day 2016.
I wouldn't bother to watch it. I can already tell you what they're going to say, because Charles Koch has been all over media for weeks saying it. Why, you'd think he was running for President or something. Hell, maybe he is.
His Wall Street Journal interview was such a pile of lies and BS I didn't even know where to start untangling the hairball. He's done a Forbes interview, appeared on Fox News and just about every other outlet spewing the same bull over and over again, while whining about the lack of civility and substance in the Republican debate.
All of the “lack of substance and civility” that Koch is complaining about began in earnest with the rise of the Tea Party packed with “real Americans” lacking substance and civility. That the tea party became a centralized movement is only because of a very concerted effort by Koch-funded groups such as Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works that brought much-needed expertise to mobilize angry, racist, religious, and anti-government types Koch is pretending to be disgusted with. As an aside and to demonstrate how long the anti-government Kochs have been influencing Republican politics, both Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks were at one time a single libertarian organization, Citizens for a Sound Economy, which the Koch brothers founded during the Reagan administration in 1984.↓ Story continues below ↓
t is possible the Kochs did not expect their creation, the Tea Party, to last this long. The Kochs’ “pet project” was designed and created from its inception to disrupt Washington politics after Americans elected a President and Congress conservatives could not tolerate. Despite what the Kochs claim, the tea party anti-government disruption plot was entirely a Koch project because they created the first national website to give the movement national exposure as a “grassroots” populist movement.
As plenty of pundits and political observers have noted for years, part and parcel of advancing what Charles Koch says is his only interest, advancing “free-market, small-government ideals,” entailed manufacturing “a faux-populist movement” to whip the Republican base into a full-blown anti-government frenzy that produced the current crop of Republicans lacking substance and civility. Let’s face it; it does not take substance or civility to disrupt and obstruct governance and if nothing else, Republicans have been fairly successful using “teabaggers” to retard progress and disrupting government operations on myriad levels.
Charles Koch is not concerned about “the personalities” he helped create or the Republican dysfunction in Washington because they are under Koch’s anti-government influence; influence Charles Koch has spent a year claiming is non-existent. This dirty liar has said before that he holds no sway over the Republican Party or GOP members of Congress, but everything Republicans are doing, attempting to do, or undo aligns perfectly with every anti-government agenda the Kochs want enacted.
Rather than watch this public relations gambit on the so-called "liberal media" channel MSNBC, I'd suggest you read this excellent article about how the Kochs are buying up university departments in order to indoctrinate students in their market theology. For good measure, there's a rundown of their non-profit umbrella here, too.