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Media and the Koch family, a post-truth comic, Rupert Murdoch, and more

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March 3, 2023
In a recent profile published in The New York Times, a reporter explained that Charles Koch’s daughter Elizabeth, coiner of the so-called “perception box,” has been “driven to the brink of insanity by her last name.”

The article “emphasizes the differences between Elizabeth Koch and her father Charles,” national affairs correspondent Jeet Heer writes. “But the two have much in common, not least a willingness to use their wealth to influence the press to launder their reputation.” What should we make of young Koch’s poor little rich girl narrative? According to Heer, “the lesson should be that when a Koch talks about building bridges, we should look for another way to cross the water.”

Why the Media Just Can’t Stop Whitewashing the Koch Family
The political uses of the “poor little rich girl” narrative.
Jeet Heer
A Comic That Captures the Antic Energy of a Post-Truth World
A conversation with the makers of The Department of Truth, a comic series that examines the intersection of American conspiracy and Western propaganda.
ML Kejera
Rupert Murdoch Admits That Fox Pushed Trump’s Election Lies for Profit
An explosive new filing in the Dominion lawsuit shows that the head of News Corp knew the ex-president’s 2020 claims were false but kept peddling them to keep ratings up.
Joan Walsh
Seattle’s Working People Won the Nation’s First Ban on Caste Discrimination
Many South Asians who have immigrated to the United States have been unable to leave caste-based discrimination behind. A new local law aims to change that reality.
Kshama Sawant
Ron DeSantis’s Struggle
In a paranoid rant disguised as campaign memoir, the Florida governor and aspiring presidential candidate blames the left for all his problems.
Chris Lehmann
Saree Makdisi on Israelis and Palestinians and Kimberlé Crenshaw on the Battle over Black Studies
On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, we examine Netanhayu’s policies and provocations, and the fight over the future of Black Studies.
Jon Wiener, Start Making Sense
Homophobia and Transphobia at “The New York Times”
On this episode of The Time of Monsters, Jack Mirkinson discusses the shameful track record of the “newspaper of record.”
Jeet Heer
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