2011 is the year that the media finally caught up with The eXiled editors Mark Ames and Yasha Levine’s reporting on the biggest ongoing scandal in American politics: the billionaire Koch brothers’ takeover of America’s democracy.
As our readers know, Ames and Levine first broke the Koch brothers’ role in setting up the Tea Party Astroturf campaign way back in February, 2009, on the eve of the very first Tea Party protests. The story, originally published in Playboy, turned into a major scandal of its own: CNBC’s Rick Santelli was forced to apologize to President Obama and cancel his appearance on the Daily Show, while billionaire advocacy group FreedomWorks was forced to disclose its backing of several fake-grassroots Tea Party websites.
Dylan Ratigan sets the record straight once and for all on MSNBC”s “The Dylan Ratigan Show.” He asks Ames and Levine what the corruption of the journalism world, along with the political and economic world, means for America:
As the rest of America slowly caught on to the Koch brothers, Ames and Levine have been busy digging up more about America’s own ruling oligarchs, from the history of the Koch family, how the family owes its fortune to Joseph Stalin, and their decades of dark manipulation of civil society, first through the ultra-rightwing John Birch Society, and today through their vast network of libertarian front-groups, which the Kochs use to push their freemarket agenda on America, and expand their power over all of our lives.
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