Koch Brothers try to Intimidate Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow did a recent story about the Koch Brothers' secret financing of a nationwide network of rightwing pressure groups. The story was accurate, but that hasn't stopped the Koch Brothers from trying to silence her.
The Kochs' attorney not only sent her a threatening letter; enclosed with the letter was a scripted “correction” she was supposed to read over the air.
On last night's program, Rachel Maddow said:
“We cover the Conservative movement a lot on this show, and in so doing we occasionally find people who have been mentioned in our coverage who are absolutely outraged that they have been mentioned in our coverage. And the Conservative political figures who you can most count on to threaten to sue you and call your boss and scream about their victimization as loud as they can whenever they get mentioned by name in a way they do not control are of course, the Koch brothers...”
“...The Koch brothers’ letter to us includes a script that they want me to read to you on the air denouncing my own reporting on the Florida 'Drug Test the Poor' story and telling you that they are not involved in promoting any such issue. I’m not going to read their script. I’m not going to renounce my own reporting on this story because the reporting on this story stands. We will not stop reporting on the political actions and the consequences of the political actions of rich and powerful men even if they send angry letters every time we do it. I will not read scripts provided to me by anyone else. I do not play requests. I will happily make corrections when I do get things wrong. We do it on this show all the time. But I will not renounce or retract reporting that is true even if the subjects of that reporting don’t like it.”
All Right!!! Stand up to those Kochsuckers.
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