The Democrat palace guard of America’s dying monodailies are doing a grand job in reporting the current stand-off in Wisconsin. A headline in The New York Times sums up the media’s bizarre enthusiasm for sacrificing what remains of their reputations in order to protect the cause:
Billionaire Brothers’ Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute
The dogged John Hinderaker of Powerline is endeavoring to get some answers from the shy and retiring Eric Lipton as to the basis for certain aspects of his story. [UPDATE: New York Times "fact"-checking in action.] But I find the headline alone so perverse you wonder how, even at the Times, it could have wafted up through six layers of editors without someone saying, “Oh, come on…” What’s happening in Wisconsin is all about money: budgets, shortfalls, obligations, perks, pensions, privileges – and the burdens of the beleaguered productive class that pays for it. In a story awash with money, the Koch brothers are the least of it. They’re certainly billionaires, and that’s a lot of dough. Of it, what they inject into the political process is little more than a rounding error. As David Harsanyi puts it:
The libertarian Kochs are super rich and gave less than $2 million to Republicans in the last election cycle, which mathematically speaking amounts to nothing. In fact, Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner dispatched Krugman’s claim that unions were a “counterweight to the political power of big money” by pointing out that “every one of the top ten industries contributing to the 2010 elections gave more money to Democrats.”
If some public union rollbacks are a harbinger of rebirth of the robber barons, why is it that the Service Employees International Union boss — who represents a sliver of the American workforce — has been the most frequent guest at the White House after he handed Barack Obama $28 million and used tens of million more to campaign for him and his policies?
So Big Business and Big Unions both favor Big Government – and for the same reason: it drives out their competition. Why isn’t SEIU honcho Mary Kay Henry (born in that monument to union muscle, Detroit) as famous as the sinister Koch siblings? Ms Henry is a fascinating figure: A lesbian advisor to the Conference of Catholic Bishops whose partner is a bigshot with the Teamsters, she is an advocate for “health care” for “working families” and for same-sex marriage, and on both those issues the President’s views seem to be swinging ever more into happy alignment with her money. Wouldn’t that be worth an in-depth analysis from the Eric Liptons of the world? Instead the Koch brothers, waging their lonely battle for small government, are being lined up as this decade’s Halliburton.
I doubt it will work. The media’s perverse priorities might be just about tenable if they weren’t also making themselves look ever more ridiculous by their willingness to airbrush the truth about the ugly union bruisers out on the streets of Madison.
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