KOCHSUCKERS  5:58 pm June 6, 2011

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

by Ken Layne

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 June 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm

That channel is Kochblocked on my system.

flamingpdog June 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm

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

WorkTheSaxofone June 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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

FlownOver June 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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

Trollina Dumbass June 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm

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 June 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm

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 June 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

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

Nothingisamiss June 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

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

horsedreamer_1 June 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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

poncho_pilot June 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

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

Graham Cracker June 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

it is too urban for them.

bagofmice June 7, 2011 at 10:16 am

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 June 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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.

UpFistTroll June 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

You need a cock to post a picture of it.

flamingpdog June 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

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

RadioJr. June 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

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

nounverb911 June 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

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

Crank_Tango June 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

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

DaRooster June 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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

SayItWithWookies June 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm

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 June 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm

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 June 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

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

Chillwaver June 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm

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

DaRooster June 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm

"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 June 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Meh… what about Weiner?

weejee June 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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

hagajim June 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm

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

easybaked June 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm

"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 June 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

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

/too soon?

imissopus June 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

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 June 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

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 June 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm

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

SudsMcKenzie June 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

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

Callyson June 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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

user-of-owls June 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm

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 June 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm

"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 June 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm

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

fartknocker June 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Oprah?

memzilla June 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Charlie Sheen?

BZ1 June 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

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

BarackMyWorld June 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Mel Gibson?

flamingpdog June 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm

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

donner_froh June 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Michael Anthony?

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

BZ1 June 7, 2011 at 12:21 am

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

Nothingisamiss June 7, 2011 at 12:01 am

Scott Walker?

horsedreamer_1 June 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

Frank Sinatra?

bagofmice June 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

Roger Ailes?

Camaro Nova June 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

The Dude?

assistantatlas June 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Little Orphan Annie?

donner_froh June 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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

Paper products = munies?

flamingpdog June 7, 2011 at 2:37 am

Like munies, in that both are flushable these days.

Monsieur_Grumpe June 7, 2011 at 2:03 am

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

Arken June 7, 2011 at 9:55 am

"who quietly built a fortune"

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

johnnyzhivago June 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

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.

mrblifil June 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

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

bagofmice June 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

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

assistantatlas June 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm

"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!

horsedreamer_1 June 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

Even Asher Roth?

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