A campaign by Think Progress to demonize and marginalize the Koch brothers has jumped the shark.
No, I’m not referring to the cretin who posted a comment here calling me a “Koch whore.”
No, I’m not referring to the theft of David Koch’s identity by a liberal blogger.
No, I’m not even referring to the pathetic and sick attempt by Lee Fang of Think Progress to attack John Hinderaker of Power Line Blog because among John’s law firm’s hundreds of clients are Koch companies. (Fang obviously was reacting to John’s masterful takedown — here and here — of the false accusations made by Fang against the Koch brothers.)
I’m referring to the BREAKING NEWS that a former Koch executive who now has his own business supplies styrofoam cups to the House of Representatives, as dramatically reported by HuffPo (emphasis mine):
House Republicans announced in January that they would end a program to place compostable cups, containers and utensils in the House-side mini-cafeteria, a direct shot at former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Green the Capitol” initiative, which did away with styrofoam cups in 2007. Suspending the program resulted in business for Wurtz, a former executive of Koch Industries subsidiary Georgia-Pacific LLC.
GOP leaders did not handpick Wurtz’s company, however — that decision rested with Restaurant Associates, which manages the cafeteria.
“Decisions over what suppliers to use were done solely at the discretion of Restaurant Associates,” Salley Wood, spokeswoman for the House Administration Committee.
In other words, there is no story here. Someone who used to work for a Koch subsidiary landed a contract with the non-political people who run the cafeteria. So what? So what if a current Koch subsidiary landed the contract?
This massive piece of non-news was important enough for a headline at Slate, as well.
Although Think Progress’s war on the Koch brothers is years old, the anti-Koch mania really only has moved into the mainstream with the Wisconsin protests.
It didn’t take long for the deranged to learn how to jump that shark. But then again, Happy Days was set in Milwaukee.
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