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The passing of free market and libertarian activist David Koch on Friday was met by much of the media with a dignified reaction that highlighted Koch's politics, but without portraying him as the cause of all that is wrong with the contemporary political climate. MSNBC Live guest host Chris Jansing took a different route, instead choosing to label the "billionaire conservative donor" Koch "as one half of the Koch Brothers came to symbolize the influence of dark money in America" and hype NBC's recently concluded docu-series American Swamp where the Koch Brothers are portrayed as the nefarious billionaires out to control American politics.
After introducing Ken Vogel of The New York Times and hyping his book on the subject of money in politics, Jansing introduced a clip from American Swamp where Katy Tur asked Jane Mayer of The New Yorker to explain just who the Koch brothers are. Mayer warned that Koch Industries may seem innocent enough with their Stainmaster Carpet and Dixie cups, "but they are huge refiners of oil."
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Tur then asked about the various political groups that the Koch Brothers have supported. As an Always Sunny in Philadelphia meme-like chart was forming on screen, Mayer declared that, "What you would realize if you go through the paperwork, it was daisy chain of money and if you were able to trace it back, a lot of it would come from this group of 400 of the richest, most conservative people in the country who work with the Koches and funded it."
Back in studio Vogel argued that the Koch Brothers have changed American politics not so much because they've succeed in getting their libertarian policies enacted, but because "he and his brother Charles Koch changed the tactics of American politics. Including the way it is funded and the mechanisms that are...
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