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New Yorker Magazine Writer Critical of Koch Brothers Lashes Out | Washington Free Beacon

A controversial New Yorker magazine writer blamed an anonymous copy editor for introducing a major error into a recent article about libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch. The New Yorker was forced to append a correction to a July 1 article by Mayer in which she quoted from a fictional political pledge that made it appear as if libertarian billionaire brother Charles and David Koch were singlehandedly orchestrating a campaign to stymie global warming legislation.


Chilling Effect

The New Yorker carries an article by Jane Mayer about the after-effects of the PBS "Park Avenue" documentary I wrote about back in November. The New Yorker article expresses concern that there will be a "chilling effect" or "censorship" of PBS's coverage of Koch Industries or of David Koch.

This is almost comical, given the surfeit of coverage of Koch, the Koch brothers, and their political and philanthropic activities. One can hardly pick up the New York Times or the New Yorker or the Nation or click on the Huffington Post without enduring some long geschrei about the Koch brothers. If there has been a chilling effect or censorship, it's difficult to detect.


Liberal Reporting Smears Another Good Citizen

Powerline's John Hinderaker writes: "Mayer is of the shamelessly hypocritical liberal money=good, conservative money=bad school."


The New Yorker on David and Charles Koch

The New Yorker's Jane Mayer breathlessly profiles Charles and David Koch in an article headlined "Covert Operations: The Billionaire Brothers Who Are Waging a War Against Obama."

The idea that the campaign is "covert" is echoed in the text of the article, which says, "In Washington, Koch is best known as part of a family that has repeatedly funded stealth attacks on the federal government, and on the Obama Administration in particular."

Ms. Mayer also uses an anonymous quote to try to prove her point: "The Republican campaign consultant said of the family's political activities, 'To call them under the radar is an understatement. They are underground!'"


Soros, Koch, and Mayer

Reason magazine's Matt Welch catches Jane Mayer contradicting herself over George Soros.


Warsh on Mayer and Koch

David Warsh calls Jane Mayer's New Yorker piece "unconvincing in her characterizations of the Mercatus Center as little more than a cat's paw for the wealthy and conservative Koch brothers, of Wichita, Kansas, and Manhattan."


Soros Insider Trading Appeal

One of the many egregious aspects of Jane Mayer's New Yorker article on the Koch brothers was the comparison it made between the Koch brothers and George Soros:

Of course, Democrats give money, too. Their most prominent donor, the financier George Soros, runs a foundation, the Open Society Institute, that has spent as much as a hundred million dollars a year in America. Soros has also made generous private contributions to various Democratic campaigns, including Obama's. But Michael Vachon, his spokesman, argued that Soros's giving is transparent, and that "none of his contributions are in the service of his own economic interests."


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