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KOCH  BROTHERS The  Never  Mind  The  BuzzKochs  Edition  ::  May  13,  2013

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By  Yasha  Levine
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Our  story  begins  late  last  week  when  I  got  a  tweet  from @AlphaInvictus  telling  me  to  go  check  "who's  sponsoring  BuzzFeed today." I  wasn't  expecting  much…  After  all,  BuzzFeed's  known  for  creating custom  posts  for  advertisers,  like  the  "15  Delicious  Things  You  Can Stuff  In  A  Crescent  Roll"  post  it  created  for  Pillsbury.  Weird,  yes. Possibly  even  shady,  given  how  BuzzFeed's  sponsored  content  looks almost  exactly  the  same  as  its  regular  posts.  But  given  the  scandal over  the  Atlantic's  advertorial  for  Scientology,  most  sites  have become  ultra-­cautious  about  allowing  controversial  sponsors  to brand  their  "content."  How  bad  could  BuzzFeed's  latest  sponsor  be? Pretty  bad. Visiting  BuzzFeed.com,  I  couldn't  believe  what  I  was  seeing.  The site's  entire  "Politics"  subsection  was  plastered  with  the  name  of Charles  Koch,  the  world’s  scariest  billionaire-­brother,  who  runs  the biggest  private  company  in  America.  His  name  boomed  out  from every  corner.  It  crowned  the  top  banner  and  sat  prominently  atop  a column  of  featured  posts,  including  a  link  to  a  page  announcing BuzzFeed's  "Special  Edition  Immigration  Summit"  —  an  event proudly  "sponsored  by  the  Charles  Koch  Institute."
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But  that  wasn't  all!  BuzzFeed  had  also  set  up  an  entire  customized BuzzFeed  page  for  the  Charles  Koch  Institute.  The  page  featured  a fat  diagonal  banner  introducing  its  sponsor  as  a  place  of  "Dialogue  & Discovery  for  Societal  Well-­Being  and  Progress,"  and  included Twitter  feeds  for  both  the  Charles  Koch  Institute  and  its  Economic Freedom  Project.  If  readers  followed  the  links,  they'd  be  educated about  the  danger  of  Big  Government  and  "The  Disgusting Consequences  of  Plastic-­Bag  Bans"… It  was  all  a  bit  too  much…so  I  took  a  couple  of  screenshots  and tweeted  them  out: BuzzFeed  took  a  big  bump  of  pure  Koch!  Feels  good! The  tweet  weirded  a  lot  of  people  out,  particularly  news  media  types who,  like  me,  had  assumed  BuzzFeed  was  a  conduit  for  cat  videos rather  than  Koch  propaganda.  Those  who  clicked  further  got  really freaked.  BuzzFeed's  immigration  summit,  which  would  be moderated  by  Editor  in  Chief  Ben  Smith,  wasn't  just  sponsored  by the  Kochs.  It  included  a  host  of  rabid  rightwingers,  racists  and representatives  from  a  half-­dozen  Koch-­funded  corporate frontgroups,  including  the  Cato  Institute  and  the  Heritage Foundation  —  yep,  that's  the  same  Heritage  Foundation  that  just had  to  fire  one  of  its  immigration  experts  because  he  believes  that Hispanics  have  genetically  lower  IQs  than  white  folks. "No  one  knows  whether  Hispanics  will  ever  reach  IQ  parity  with whites,  but  the  prediction  that  new  Hispanic  immigrants  will  have low-­IQ  children  and  grandchildren  is  difficult  to  argue  against,"  he said  —  a  premise  used  by  the  Heritage  Foundation  to  justify  limiting low-­IQ  Hispanic  immigration,  while  expanding  "high-­skilled"  non-­ Hispanic  immigration  quotas. None  of  this  seemed  to  worry  Smith  any.  "Immigration  is  at  the center  of  this  year’s  policy  conversation  and  we  are  excited  to  expand the  BuzzFeed  Brews  series  to  be  a  part  of  it,"  he  wrote  in  a  BuzzFeed post  announcing  the  event.  The  post  also  included  a  quote  from former  tobacco  lobbyist  turned  Charles  Koch  Institute  boss,  Richard Fink. Said  Fink,  "The  importance  and  timeliness  of  the  immigration debate  make  the  need  for  such  thoughtful  dialogue  imperative. Sponsoring  a  productive  dialogue  on  this  issue  is  a  natural  extension of  our  commitment  to  advance  a  free  and  prosperous  society." "Importance…  timeliness…  thoughtful…  imperative…  productive… free…  prosperous…" Mr.  Fink's  ability  to  cram  his  sentences  with  meaningless  PR apparatchik-­speak  makes  it  hard  to  know  what  the  hell  he's  talking about.  But  certainly  the  man  seems  to  care  about  society.  Indeed,  as one  of  the  people  who  helped  Charles  Koch  pioneer  his  political  and ideological  strategies,  Fink's  career  bears  this  out.  Among  his  many Koch  works,  Richard  Fink  set  up  Americans  for  Prosperity  and  the astroturf  outfit  that  later  became  FreedomWorks.  Yes,  that
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FreedomWorks,  the  organization  that  orchestrated  the  Tea  Party Movement.  He  also  sits  on  the  Board  of  Directors  at  the  Kochs' Mercatus  Center  at  George  Mason  University,  a  deregulation thinktank  that  helped  scrap  environmental  protections  and  pushed all  sorts  of  nasty  privatization  schemes.  Yep,  Mr.  Fink  and  the  Kochs clearly  care  about  society.  And  that's  exactly  that's  why  BuzzFeed's immigration  summit  was  being  sponsored  by  The  Charles  Koch Institute.  It  all  made  perfect  sense. Libertarian  mumbo  jumbo  aside,  I  wanted  to  understand  more about  why  BuzzFeed  was  getting  into  bed  with  the  Kochs.  Was  this just  the  first  step  in  a  Koch  brothers’  takeover  of  everyone's  favorite "I  Remember  The  ’90s"  site?  Is  a  rebrand  as  "BuzzKoch"  or "KochFeed"  on  the  cards?  And  where  does  Ben  Smith  fit  into  all  of this? Smith  came  to  BuzzFeed  from  Politico,  where  he'd  built  up  a reputation  as  a  connected,  credible  reporter  who  reliably  delivered scandalous  DC  insider  scoops.  BuzzFeed  poached  him  to  beef  up  the site's  news  reporting  operation  and  to  turn  it  into  a  trusted  source  of news.  With  him  at  the  helm,  BuzzFeed  was  going  to  grow  out  of  cat videos  and  link  bait  and  mature  into  a  sort  of  Huffington  Post  for  the millennial  demographic.  And  the  HuffPost  metaphor  is  not  just  lazy shorthand  for  ambition:  Buzzfeed's  founder  and  CEO  Jonah  Peretti was  one  of  Arianna  Huffington's  key  lieutenants  at  HuffPost,  and HuffPost  co-­founder  Ken  Lerer  is  now  the  Chairman  of  BuzzFeed. Here's  how  a  2012  New  York  Times  profile  of  BuzzFeed  described the  anticipated  transformation  into  a  serious  journalistic  enterprise: [Jonah  Peretti]  hired  Ben  Smith,  the  highly  regarded  blogger and  columnist  for  Politico,  to  be  his  editor  in  chief.  Right  after he  started  in  January,  Mr.  Smith  broke  the  news  of  Mr. McCain’s  endorsement  of  Mr.  Romney  for  the  New Hampshire  primary.  The  message  was  clear:  BuzzFeed  was  a player  in  news...   Soon  afterward,  BuzzFeed  raised  $15.5  million  from  Kenneth Lerer’s  Lerer  Ventures,  New  Enterprise  Associates,  Hearst Interactive  Media,  Softbank  and  RRE  Ventures.  Mr.  Smith immediately  began  hiring  reporters,  including  Matt Buchanan  from  Gawker  Media;;  John  Herrman  from  Popular Mechanics;;  Rosie  Gray  from  The  Village  Voice,  and  Doree Shafrir  from  RollingStone.com.  BuzzFeed  wasn’t  just  hiring brand  names  to  serve  as  lustrous  hood  ornaments  connoting credibility,  the  way  Tina  Brown  and  Arianna  Huffington have.  The  hires  at  BuzzFeed  were  more  like  maypoles:  young writers  native  to  the  Web  who  become  pivot  points  for contents  because  they  are  bathed  in  both  the  ethos  and practice  of  social  media. Aiming  to  be  "a  player  in  news"  is  a  good  idea.  The  question  is:  How does  getting  in  bed  with  the  Kochs  fit  into  that  plan?  They  are  the embodiment  of  political  corruption,  and  hosting  a  Koch  immigration summit  crammed  with  rabid  rightwingers,  borderline  eugenicists and  Milton  Friedman  groupies  seems…odd.
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Smith  has  been  curiously  silent  about  the  Koch-­BuzzFeed partnership,  and  probably  for  good  reason. After  I  sent  this  news  of  this  to  Mark  Ames,  he  reminded  me  that this  isn't  the  first  time  Ben  Smith  has  boosted  for  the  Kochs.  In 2011,  Ben  Smith  attacked  a  report  published  in  The  Nation  by  Ames and  Mike  Elk  that  exposed  how  Citizen  United  made  it  perfectly  legal for  the  Kochs  to  begin  politically  indoctrinating  their  employees, telling  workers  how  to  vote  and  warning  them  that  they  could  lose their  jobs  as  a  result  of  big-­government  policies.  Smith  yawned  at evidence  of  Koch  indoctrination  exposed  by  Ames  and  Elk,  saying that  their  "quirky,  staid  newsletter  may  not  swing  a  lot  of  votes." I’d  never  paid  close  attention  to  Smith  before,  but  on  scanning  his record  I  saw  a  surprising  consistency:  every  time  the  Koch  cartel comes  under  serious  criticism,  every  time  someone  tries  to  expose another  layer  of  their  toxic  influence  and  political  corruption,  every time  a  news  item  threatens  their  well-­guarded  racket,  Ben  Smith  is there,  calmly  and  coolly  redirecting  traffic  and  reassuring  people  that everything  is  okay.  His  tactic  is  simple:  downplay  the  importance  of the  news  and  deflect  attention. He  did  exactly  that  just  a  few  weeks  ago  in  response  to  the  backlash against  rumors  that  the  Kochs  were  thinking  of  buying  the  Tribune Company,  tweeting  out  one  "could  imagine  the  Kochs  being  really excellent  newspaper  proprietors"  and  then  pointing  out  that  David Koch  generously  pledged  to  donate  $100  million  to  the  New  York City  Ballet.  See,  the  Kochs  aren't  as  bad  as  people  say.  They  care  for the  arts! In  his  role  as  a  palatable,  populist  defender  of  the  Kochs,  Smith  has much  in  common  with  career  Koch  apologist  David  Weigel.  If anything,  Smith  is  even  more  humorless  and  soulless.  In  fact,  David and  Ben  frequently  join  forces  to  fight  for  Team  Koch. Here  are  a  few  of  Buzzbagger  Ben's  Koch  apology  highlights  from his  tenure  at  Politico: 1.  Ran  damage  control  for  the  Kochs  after  they  were profiled  by  the  New  Yorker:  After  the  New  Yorker  ran  its devastating  profile  of  the  Kochs  in  2010,  Ben  stepped  in  to personally  defend  the  slighted  oligarch-­brothers:  "…the  piece is  well  worth  a  read.  A  couple  of  caveats:  First,  I'm  not  sure  it makes  sense  (nor  does  Mayer  try)  to  attribute  their  vast  giving solely  to  practical  business  motive.  Underwriting  the  early blogging  of  Dave  Weigel,  for  instance,  was  probably  not  the single  most  efficient  way  to  neuter  the  EPA."  I’m  not  sure about  David  Weigel,  but  President  George  W.  Bush's  White House  outsourced  management  of  the  EPA  to  the  Koch's Mercatus  Center.  That's  a  pretty  efficient  way  to  neuter  it,  if you  ask  me.  Two  days  later,  Ben  was  at  it  again,  defending  the Kochs  from  the  evil  journalists  at  the  New  Yorker  by promoting  a  new  reputation-­management  website  for  Koch Industries  called  KochFacts.com.  The  website,  Ben  helpfully explained,  "offers  point-­by-­point  rebuttals  to  the  New  Yorker piece"…  Thanks  for  the  tip,  Ben! 2.  Koch  PR  circle-­jerk:  In  March  2011,  Ben  published  a  post headlined  "Labor  Harmony  at  Koch  Company"  that  was  like  a
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Zucker  brothers  satire  of  East  Germany,  reprinting  a  "We  love our  boss"  letter  from  a  Steelworkers  Union  tool. KochFacts.com  later  used  Ben's  post  in  a  letter  they  wrote  to the  New  York  Times  about  all  the  happy  unionized  employees who  work  for  Koch  Industries,  citing  as  proof  "a  March  2011 piece  in  Politico"  —  by  Ben  Smith. 3.  Kochs  don't  spend  nearly  as  much  money  on political  campaigns  as  liberals  would  have  you believe:  While  most  Americans  were  probably  shocked  by  the Koch  oligarchs'  announcement  that  they  expected  to  amass $200  million  to  spend  on  the  2012  presidential  elections,  Ben was  more  concerned  with  playing  the  role  of  hyper-­anal copyeditor  policing  investigative  journalism.  Ben,  along  with David  Weigel,  took  the  New  Yorker  to  task  alleging  that  they'd falsley  claimed  the  Kochs  brothers  planned  on  "spending" $200  million  on  the  presidential  campaign,  when  technically, the  Kochs  only  "plan  to  steer  cash."  "This  is  true,"  tweeted  Ben, retweeting  Weigel's  "KochFacts  has  a  point  here,"  linking  to  a KochFacts.com  PR  statement  titled  "Holding  The  New  Yorker Magazine  Accountable." 4.  Says  critics  of  the  Kochs  are  conspiracy  nuts:  To  Ben Smith,  anyone  who  points  out  the  massive  influence  the  Kochs wield  over  the  GOP  is  a  delusional  conspiracy  theorist.  This "unified  Koch  theory"  doesn't  make  any  sense,  says  Ben, because  the  Kochs  also  fund  Democratic  campaigns:  "Kochs gave  $196,000  to  Democrats  in  2010  cycle."  That’s  a  whole  lot of  money!  What  Ben  didn't  mention  was  that  the  Kochs  spent over  $2  million  on  Republican  candidates  —  a  ratio  of  10  to  1. Or  the  millions  spent  on  GOP  think-­tank  mills. 5.  Ben  Smith  promoted  Charles  Koch's  political essays:  Buzzbagger  Ben  promoted  an  essay  by  Charles  Koch, in  which  the  billionaire  discusses  his  favorite  President,  Calvin Coolidge.  He  told  Politico  readers  to  check  out  "a  brief  essay  by Charles  Koch  on  the  Depression,  crystallizing  the  version  of that  era  that's  become  current  in  some  conservative  circles: Hoover  did  too  much,  FDR  way  too  much,  and  Coolidge  was just  right."  Fact  is,  Coolidge  was  one  of  the  worst  presidents  in U.S.  history,  largely  because  his  pro-­business  policies  helped destroy  the  American  economy  and  brought  on  the  Great Depression.  Koch  Industries  tweeted  out  Ben's  article: "@Koch_Industries:  Check  out  @BenPolitico  and  his  link  to Charles  Koch's  column  about  best  US  Presidents."  Buzzbagger Ben  quickly  retweeted  the  Koch  Industries’  tweet.  It  was  Koch RT  heaven! 6.  Attacked  ThinkProgress  blogger  Lee  Fang's  work  on Koch  brothers:  In  a  profile  piece  on  ThinkProgress, Buzzbagger  Ben  criticized  former  ThinkProgress  blogger  Lee Fang  for  saying  the  Koch  brothers  are  active  in  politics motivated  by  a  "desire  to  boost  their  profits."  Ben  alleged  that Fang  is  practically  the  only  "liberal"  who  believes  that  the Kochs'  political  philanthropy  is  cynically  intended  to  boost their  wealth  and  power,  and  dismisses  Fang’s  piece  as  "an argument  even  some  liberals  reject  as  an  overly  simplistic caricature."  Who  are  these  "some  liberals"  cited  by  Ben?  Turns out,  it’s  our  very  own  buddy  Glenn  Greenwald!  Incidentally, Greenwald  admitted  he  was  paid  $4,000  per  hour  [prorated]  to speak  at  the  Koch's  Cato  Institute.  As  it  turns  out,  Greenwald basically  agrees  with  Ben  Smith  about  the  Kochs'  influence being  overhyped  writing:  "in  the  scheme  of  corporate  and
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oligarchical  dominance,  the  Koch  Brothers  are  a  small  part  of that  dynamic." 7.  Ben  Smith  alleges  Jews  forgave  the  Kochs  for illegally  doing  business  with  Iran:  Ben  Smith  ran  cover for  Koch  Industries  after  the  company  was  busted  for  illegally doing  business  with  Iran.  He  wrote,  "heavyweight  pro-­Israel group  AIPAC  is  defending  Koch  Industries  after  a  report  that  a Koch  subsidiary  did  business  in  Iran  until  2007  in  spite  of  U.S. efforts  to  isolate  the  Islamic  Republic."  Hey,  and  if  the  Israelis can  forgive  the  Kochs  for  selling  millions  of  dollars  of  oil equipment  to  Iran,  a  country  they  think  wants  to  wipe  them  off the  map…Well,  America  should  move  on,  too.  Forgive  and forget.  This  is  a  Christian  nation,  after  all. 8.  Defended  Scott  Walker  after  Wisconsin's  rightwing governor  fell  for  David  Koch  prank  call:  Writing  in Politico,  Buzzbagger  Ben  acted  as  if  the  prank  call  was  no  big deal  at  all.  In  fact,  Ben  seemed  downright  bored  by  the  whole thing.  He  argued  that  the  only  thing  the  prank  "proves  is  that Walker  doesn't  actually  know  Koch."  That's  right,  Ben.  Why would  Gov.  Walker  know  the  Koch  brothers?  After  all,  they were  among  the  biggest  backers  of  his  campaign.  And politicians  never  meet  their  biggest  campaign  contributors. David  Koch  even  admitted:  "We’re  helping  him,  as  we  should." So  David  Koch  knows  Gov.  Walker.  But  why  would  Walker know  David  Koch? 9.  Defended  Supreme  Court  Justices  Thomas  and Scalia  against  charges  of  conflict  of  interest:  In  2011, Ben  dismissed  the  allegation  that  the  views  of  Supreme  Court Justices  Thomas  and  Scalia  on  Citizens  United  could  have  been swayed  by  the  multiple  financial  conflicts  of  interest  the Justices  had  with  the  Koch  family.  What  kind  of  conflicts  of interest?  Well,  among  other  things,  Clarence  Thomas  broke the  law  by  failing  to  disclose  that  his  wife  took  in  $680,000 from  the  Koch-­funded  Heritage  Foundation.  Speaking  of judges  and  the  conflicts  of  interest,  Ben  Smith's  father,  who calls  himself  a  Hayekian  Judge,  was  nominated  to  highest court  in  the  State  of  New  York  amid  serious  controversy  over campaign  donations. Of  course,  Ben  Smith's  shilling  isn't  restricted  to  the  Kochs.  He's  a Movement  guy  —  and  he's  there  wherever  there's  money  and  PR demand  for  his  service. Case-­in-­point:  While  at  Politico,  Ben  Smith  became  widely  seen  in the  news  media  world  as  a  press  flak  for  Michelle  Rhee  and  her astroturf  school  privatization  outfit  StudentsFirst.  A  USA  Today report  said  it  straight  up:  "reporter  Ben  Smith,  who  has  close  ties with  Rhee..."  When  Rhee's  first  teaching  scandal  broke,  Ben  ran Rhee's  PR  statement  as  a  news  item.  He  then  blamed  Rhee's increasingly  toxic  image  on  an  underhanded  campaign  waged  by teachers  unions,  making  no  mention  the  real  reason  people  were turning  against  Rhee:  the  fact  that  her  "reform"  agenda  depended  on widespread  cheating  and  deception  with  children's  scores.  Not surprisingly,  Rhee's  StudentsFirst  blogged  Ben's  article  as  evidence of  a  union  smear  campaign  against  Rhee:  "Ben  Smith  of  Politico finds  only  one  voice  behind  the  attack  on  Michelle  Rhee's  record  in D.C.  -­-­  the  union."
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That's  the  kind  of  PR  defense  racket  Ben  Smith  was  running  under everyone's  nose  at  Politico,  and  it  appears  that  he's  been  setting  up the  same  sort  of  operation  at  his  new  BuzzFeed  home. For  instance,  on  March  12,  the  same  day  Ben  tweeted  out  that  he thought  the  Kochs  would  make  "really  excellent  newspaper proprietors,"  Buzzfeed's  Los  Angeles  bureau  reporter  Tessa  Stuart published  a  story  seemingly  confirming  Ben  Smith's  hunch.  Stuart observes  that  everyone  is  worried  the  Kochs  will  swallow  up  the Tribune  Company  into  their  existing  thinktank-­industrial  complex and  turn  it  into  gigantic  business  propaganda  machine,  but  she reassures  her  readers  that  the  Kochs  would  never  interfere  with editorial  decisions. How  does  she  know?  Well,  she  asked  Koch  Industries'  slightly manic  PR  flak,  Melissa  Cohlmia.  The  article  read  like  sloppy  version of  a  press  release.  Stuart  had  no  hard  questions  for  the  Kochs'  PR rep  and  took  her  word  that  the  Kochs  "promised  that  —  if  there  is  a deal  —  Koch  would  respect  the  outlets’  independence."  You  can  trust Stuart's  judgment.  After  all,  she  is  the  same  BuzzFeed  reporter  who baselessly  smeared  Michael  Moore,  accusing  him  of  lying  about helping  the  Oscar-­nominated  Palestinian  filmmaker  who  was detained  at  the  LAX  airport  on  his  way  to  the  Oscars  ceremony.  She demanded  Moore  provide  evidence  of  the  detention. The  signs  of  the  baggerfication  of  BuzzFeed  are  many  and multiplying  fast. Consider  Ben  Smith's  recent  hire  of  Benny  Johnson  as  BuzzFeed's D.C.  editor.  Benny  Johnson,  who  likes  to  wear  bow  ties  and  looks like  a  cross  between  George  Will  and  Peewee  Herman,  was previously  employed  by  Glenn  Beck's  The  Blaze  and  the  rightwing media  watchdog  Accuracy  In  Media.  Benny  hit  all  the  usual  bagger points,  calling  President  Obama  a  "committed  statist,"  as  well  as  "an absolutely  avowed  statist"  and  described  healthcare  reform  as totalitarian  takeover  -­-­  it's  all  "gaining  government  control  over  our private  lives."  Benny  (who  used  to  go  by  "Ben")  also  produced  a tribute  video  to  Andrew  Brietbart  called  "Breitbart  Memorial:  Man Against  The  Mob,"  featuring  slow-­mo  shots  of  Brietbart rollerskating  in  Palm  Springs. At  BuzzFeed,  Ben  Smith  has  put  Benny  to  work  creating  PR  listicles promoting  guns  and  Republicans  blowing  shit  up  —  it's  the  bagger equivalent  of  cute  cat  videos.  Here's  one  of  my  favorite  Benny  posts in  which  he  boosts  the  NRA,  the  tobacco  industry  and  the  sugar lobby  all  in  one  short  post: Sarah  Palin  Packs  Chew,  Threatens  To  Start  Dipping On  NRA  Stage  "Sarah  Palin  whipped  out  a  can  of  chew during  her  speech  at  the  NRA  convention.  …  She  started packing  it  like  a  champ  while  saying  'Don’t  make  me  do  it.'  .  .  . The  action  was  in  response  to  NYC  Mayor  Michael Bloomberg  announcing  he  will  be  seeking  a  ban  on  displaying tobacco  in  stores  in  NYC." From  apologizing  for  the  Kochs  to  overseeing  cute  cat  videos  for
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