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Koch and Florida State University
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How's this for a loaded lead paragraph in a St. Petersburg Times "news" story? "A conservative billionaire who opposes government meddling in business has bought a rare commodity: the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university."

The headline, "Billionaire's role in hiring decisions at Florida State University raises questions," is also a classic, since it's the newspaper that's raising the questions.

The Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper has a response: "The real problem, then, is simply that the Kochs are conservative. Liberal interests can partner with and donate money to universities all they want and know that their interests will be furthered – most universities, of course, are predominantly made up of liberals." As others have pointed out, the Kochs are more libertarian than conservative, but the point stands.

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Koch and Florida State University
futureofcapitalism.com

How's this for a loaded lead paragraph in a St. Petersburg Times "news" story? "A conservative billionaire who opposes government meddling in business has bought a rare commodity: the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university."

The headline, "Billionaire's role in hiring decisions at Florida State University raises questions," is also a classic, since it's the newspaper that's raising the questions.

The Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper has a response: "The real problem, then, is simply that the Kochs are conservative. Liberal interests can partner with and donate money to universities all they want and know that their interests will be furthered – most universities, of course, are predominantly made up of liberals." As others have pointed out, the Kochs are more libertarian than conservative, but the point stands.

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