The New York Times had an article today about David Koch, focused on the opening of a cancer center in Boston donated by Koch, but also touching on the Think Progress and left-wing smear campaign against Koch.
Koch made an interesting comment regarding the “prank” call in which a left-wing blogger impersonated Koch to get through to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (emphasis mine):
“It’s a case of identity theft,” Mr. Koch said of the call in which the liberal blogger got through to Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, drew him out about his plans to weaken unions and posted a recording of the call on the Internet, making news and embarrassing the governor. Mr. Koch, whose company, Koch Industries, had given major campaign support to Governor Walker, among other conservative candidates and causes, added, “I didn’t even know his name before this brouhaha erupted.”
Mr. Koch joked that the call could cause him problems. “I was thinking to myself, ‘My God, if I called up a senator or a congressman to discuss something with them, and they heard ‘David Koch is on the line,’ they’d immediately say, ‘That’s that fraud again — tell him to get lost!’ ” he said with a laugh.
This comment about identity theft has generated outrage at Raw Story (warning, the comments there are vulgar) which failed even to address Wisconsin law, as well as being the focus of an article at the Milawaukee Journal Sentinal. The story is beginning to trickle out into other blogs as well.
For my readers, this is not news. On February 25 I wrote Phony David Koch Call Wasn’t Just A Prank, It May Have Been Identity Theft:
“There certainly is a good argument to be made that the “prank” fits the definition of identity theft [under Wisconsin law].”
Remember, you heard it here first.
(As an aside, be sure to seek John Hinderaker’s explanation of how The Times misleadingly bought into a Think Progress meme on the issue of a Koch subsidiary opposing classification of formaldehyde as a carcinogen. Apparently, that is a legitimately disputed issue.)
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The Paranoid Style of Politics In Madison and The Left-Blogosphere