Watch ‘The Koch Brothers: Behind the Music’ Tuesday On Bloomberg

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We aren’t much for promoting television programs, because all televisions and the people who make television programs should be used to plug the radiation leaks at Fukushima. But, whatever, you probably always watch the teevee anyway, might as well learn something that might make you ANGRY enough to revolt:

The richest brothers in the world own a company that most Americans have never heard of…yet their political activism has altered U.S. politics and their family feuds rival those on “Dynasty.”

Tomorrow at 9pm, “Bloomberg Game Changers” profiles billionaires Charles and David Koch, who quietly built a fortune running Koch Industries, an industrial conglomerate with interests in everything from oil and gas to trading and paper products.

Bloomberg Television explores how the brothers’ deeply held Libertarian convictions inspired them to spend millions to founding think tanks and PACs including Americans for Prosperity foundation, a major supporter of Republican candidates during the 2010 midterm elections and beyond.

The program also explores the brothers’ high-profile legal battle with sibling Bill Koch over control of their multi-billion dollar empire, including whistleblower lawsuits and an attempted boardroom coup.

Haha, of course these awful people hate each other and are constantly trying to destroy each other, from the inside. Everybody make sure to do “video capture” or whatever so we can have a thousand easy YouTube clips to use in future posts about the Koch Brothers! (Also, if you want an idea of the Bloomberg television audience demographic, they are referring to a prime-time soap opera about rich terrible people that aired during Ronald Reagan’s first term as president, three decades ago.) [Bloomberg TV live stream]

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  • nounverb911

    That channel is Kochblocked on my system.

    • flamingpdog

      I sure wish Fred Koch's wife has blocked her system.

  • WorkTheSaxofone

    "deeply held Libertarian convictions" – pfft – deeply held wish to have more money

    • http://wonkette.com/ FlownOver

      That, my dear DanFan, is the deeply held libertarian conviction. That and weed.

      • http://whatthefuckhasgopdonesofar.com/ Trollina Dumbass

        Isn't it everyone's dream to smoke a big Bob Marley on a throne made of cash?

        btw 'DanFan' as in the Steely one? I'm having me some of that. Fists up! Check this out: http://www.gabeisthedevil.com/music/

        • orygoon

          Nah. MY dream is to get a bazillion dollars and then give 3/4 of it away to worthy causes, because 1/4 of a bazillion dollars would be enuff.

          • snoopyfan2010

            That's my dream too only mine has Johnny Depp in it for some reason.

          • Nothingisamiss

            Is it not true that we libtards could live on half a bazillion?! What teh fuck is WRONG with these Kochs?

        • horsedreamer_1

          If so, then why do the Conservatives so hate rap music?

          • poncho_pilot

            oh…i think we know the answer to that question.

          • horsedreamer_1

            Even Asher Roth?

          • Graham Cracker

            it is too urban for them.

    • bagofmice

      Inheritance is a deeply held conviction. If you have to admit that your daddy founded the John Birch Society, you had better get a few hundred million in compensation.

  • pinkocommi

    With a name like "Koch" you would think there would be a Twitter dick pic or sex scandel floating around…. I'm sure it is only a matter of time.

    • http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Armus UpFistTroll

      You need a cock to post a picture of it.

    • flamingpdog

      ♫ It's about time, it's about space, it's about two Kochs in the strangest place. ♫

  • RadioJr.

    They deeply, deeply apologize for their Koch activities, yet, they have no plans to resign.

  • nounverb911

    Needs more Bill Koch winning the America's Cup in 1992.

  • Crank_Tango

    These are the cranky old pricks from the muppets, right?

    • DaRooster

      I do believe that one of them had a "bad hand" in their backside too…

  • SayItWithWookies

    Also, if you want an idea of the Bloomberg television audience demographic, they are referring to a prime-time soap opera about rich terrible people that aired during Ronald Reagan’s first term as president, three decades ago.

    Wait, I thought Family Feud was still on the air.

    • Callyson

      People on Family Feud usually aren't rich. But we do seem to be living in a Dallas/Dynasty world, complete with the gross maldistribution of wealth to the filthy rich…

      • horsedreamer_1

        Family Feud never should have canned Richard Dawson. Louie Anderson, Richard Karn, John O'Hurley, Steve Harvey — pretenders to the throne.

  • http://thethingsrepublicanshate.com/ Chillwaver

    I wonder, though…if these old farts are "running Koch Industries," then who's running Kunt?

  • DaRooster

    "Haha, of course these awful people hate each other and are constantly trying to destroy each other, from the inside."

    This is EXACTLY why the Repugnant primaries are going to be sooo fun.

  • DaRooster

    Meh… what about Weiner?

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Thought Kochfighting was illegal in most states? Is this a Michael Vick kinda thing but with certified pricks instead of dawgs?

  • hagajim

    Meh – After the Weinergate presser, I am sick of Koch.

  • easybaked

    "I can name that tune in 2 seconds. 'Tax Cuts For The Rich' performed by Zombie Ronnie and the GOP. Written in 1980 by Lee Atwater."

    [Ding-ding-ding] "That's absolutely correct. Tell him what he's won, Don Pardo."

    • horsedreamer_1

      Lee Atwater: the Jim Valvano of the Politics of Personal Destruction.

      /too soon?

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    Why would we want to talk about actions that have affected the country when we can talk about a congressman sexting pics of his dong instead? Priorities, people!

    • horsedreamer_1

      Remember: it totally invalidates every Democratic position, & now, Medicare must be repealed.

      Also: Democrats in sex scandals never resign, while Republicans always do. (Loved when I heard this on Hardball, from the forgettable GOP consultant, & then hearing the Dem (Steve… something or other) cough out, "Vitter". Plus: Ensign strung it along for over a year, Craig served out his term, Gingrich resigned but never left the public eye (the opposite of John Edwards) & is now a "leading" Prexy contender (something Millson will never be, again), Foley is trying to get back into politics.)

  • Lucidamente1

    Jesus Christ, these guys almost make H. L. Hunt and his demon spawn look good.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    I think of them every time I use my "paper products".

  • Callyson

    Well, now we will find out who is bigger: Wiener or Koch?

  • user-of-owls

    something that might make you ANGRY

    Oh, I plan to tune in. Right after I spent several hours on Riley's site while listening to Fairytale of New York on continuous loop.

  • BloviateMe

    "Put whatever puppet you want on the throne. Whomever controls the money controls the throne, and I control the money."

    The reality that just never dies, and never will.

  • easybaked

    And you know who else was supported by a conglomerate of wealthy industrialists and used propaganda in an attempt to manipulate the public?

    • fartknocker


    • memzilla

      Charlie Sheen?

    • http://howtosavetheworld.ca/ BZ1

      Gary Bettman, oh, I know, but that's what Wikiwacky wonderland is for…

    • BarackMyWorld

      Mel Gibson?

    • flamingpdog

      Hugh Hefner?
      Oh, wait, I thought you said manipulate the pubic.

    • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ donner_froh

      Michael Anthony?

      (supported/employed by the fabulously wealthy John Beresford Tipton, Jr.)

      • http://howtosavetheworld.ca/ BZ1

        "John Beresford Tipton, Jr."!!! a million upfists for obscure referencing…

    • Nothingisamiss

      Scott Walker?

    • horsedreamer_1

      Frank Sinatra?

    • bagofmice

      Roger Ailes?

    • http://www.deathwishcreeps.com/about/ Camaro Nova

      The Dude?

    • http://assistantatlas.blogspot.com/ assistantatlas

      Little Orphan Annie?

  • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ donner_froh

    "interests in everything from oil and gas to trading and paper products."

    Paper products = munies?

    • flamingpdog

      Like munies, in that both are flushable these days.

  • http://wonkette.com/ Monsieur_Grumpe

    These are the kind of people that horrible incurable diseases were made for.

  • Arken

    "who quietly built a fortune"

    Is that the new euphemism for 'inherited from Daddy?'

  • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    I hope it also gets into their relationship with black sheep of the family Ed Koch who moved to New York City and became Jewish.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mrblifil mrblifil

    The best part is when the Kochs get up in each other's faces.

    • bagofmice

      So when it comes to face-time, it's Kochs over Weiners?

  • http://assistantatlas.blogspot.com/ assistantatlas

    "the people who make television programs should be used to plug the radiation leaks at Fukushima."

    HEY! Just because I'm not talented enough or smart enough or writer-y enough to be a fancy author-blogger like you, Ken, does not mean I should be used to plug the radiation leaks at Fukushima, nor should any other TV people … except Fox, of course. Well, and probably CNN. And CNBC. Bravo. NBC. PAX. Lifetime. Disney Channel. Discovery. Travel Channel. TLC. BET. History Channel. Telemundo. Bloomberg, obviously.

    You know what, Ken, fuck you. Me and Oprah and PBS and HBO are taking our millions of viewers and going home. Enjoy your explosion-less, un-titillated life of reading and going outside on occasion, motherfucker!