Is the Media Telling the Truth about the Koch Brothers?

For good and/or ill, the Koch brothers do not represent the conservative powerhouse that the media often presents to us.


[See also, “Koch Brothers Deserve Prison for Climate Change Treason?”]

Mediaite came up with a headline for one of the two siblings: “David Koch Supports Gay Marriage, Pot Legalization, And Ending Wars — And You Shouldn’t Be Surprised.”

Thursday afternoon, POLITICO reported that billionaire industrialist David Koch, the oft-vilified bankroller of groups aimed at electing Mitt Romney and many Republican congressman, supports many libertarian positions that are antithetical to the Republican Party.

While this may come as a surprise to many, it’s actually quite well-known that the Kochs are socially liberal and fiscally conservative — a.k.a., “libertarian”. Koch was the 1980 vice presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party who campaigned on things like drug legalization and a non-interventionist foreign policy.

“I believe in gay marriage,” Koch told POLITICO. When reminded that Romney and the GOP oppose gay marriage, Koch said, “Well, I disagree with that.”

Koch also said that he believes the U.S. military should withdraw from the Middle East and that Congress should cut defense spending and weigh some possible tax increases as a means to balancing the budget — stances that are distinct from the Republican Party line.

“I think it’s essential to be able to achieve spending reductions and maybe it’s going to require some tax increases,” he said. “We got to come close to balancing the budget; otherwise, we’re in a terrible deep problem.” On why he would cut defense spending, Koch said: “Probably every federal department has to take cuts in my opinion. We have to spread it around.”

The fact that Koch holds these very un-Republican views… really isn’t news.

I’m not happy that David Koch is promoting homosexual marriage. But why are the Koch brothers constantly treated like they are leaders of the Tea Party? How does the media manage to talk about the Koch brothers so much and yet leave a completely false impression in the minds of readers?