Skip to comments.NYT: The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party (Cue spooky music)
Posted on 08/29/2010 2:22:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
ANOTHER weekend, another grass-roots demonstration starring Real Americans who are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who. Last Sunday the site was Lower Manhattan, where they jeered the ground zero mosque. This weekend, the scene shifted to Washington, where the avatars of oppressed white Tea Party America, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, were slated to reclaim the civil rights movement (Becks words) on the same spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had his dream exactly 47 years earlier.
Vive la révolution!
Theres just one element missing from these snapshots of Americas ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the death panel warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. Youve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs banner may not know who these brothers are.
Their self-interested and at times radical agendas, like Murdochs, go well beyond, and sometimes counter to, the interests of those who serve as spear carriers in the political pageants hawked on Fox News. The country will be in for quite a ride should these potentates gain power, and given the recession-battered electorates unchecked anger and the Obama White Houses unfocused political strategy, they might.
All three tycoons are the latest incarnation of what the historian Kim Phillips-Fein labeled Invisible Hands in her prescient 2009 book of that title: those corporate players who have financed the far right ever since the du Pont brothers spawned the American Liberty League in 1934 to bring down F.D.R.
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Ain’t anyone bankrolled me yet! I had to buy a new used shirt at Goodwill so I’d look better at the last rally!
Frank would like us to believe the New York Times is one of those self-published anti-capitalist rags that has no money behind it and makes no money—oh, wait, it is!
A political movement with money supporting it? That all you got, Frank?
Frank: nobody outside of the NYT breakroom takes you seriously. At all.
Your commie-lib agenda is dying on the vine. Deal.
You don't get it and you never will! The writer just couldn't bring himself to recognize what a class event Beck put on and congratulate him on raising millions of dollars for kids of servicemen. He cannot comprehend that anyone would use their own money to stand for a cause they believe in. He's convinced there must be bigger, hidden motivations.
Sad, just really sad!
I fully expect the newspapers to be the next big bailout. When that happens, maybe Beck can stage an event right at the front door of the NYT. I bet millions of people would show up to declare their outrage at using tax dollars to prop up this liberal icon!
Well, thank goodness there are some rich people on the Tea Party side! I have been wondering where they were! It seems like all the rich people are backing the socialists.
Rich puts such a sneer into his tone (describing the Koch's businesses, he says they also "spew various industrial products" such as Dixie cups. Oh, goodness, bad things. Industrial products! Dixie cups! How disgusting! I have been saying for 15 or more years that the government schools should be phased out. But for starters at least close the federal Dept of Education. I don't know about the FBI and CIA, haven't looked into that, but the rest of his platform sounds great! And that was way back in 1980! I am concerned about the Saudi part-ownership of Fox, which he mentions. Couldn't be a good thing.
I didn't get jack.
Someone owes me
At the last TEA Party I went to, several of us were asking each other if the pay master was around and were did we get our checks? (GRIN)
Billionaires bankrolling political causes? Perish the thought, eh NY Slimes?
Rich is really a moron. I don’t remember him ever doing a smear job like this on who was bankrolling his commie ‘RATS prior to them taking total control of the IRS, the government and the country. In other words, all of EVERYBODY ELSE’S MONEY!
We should get a gubmint subsidy!
Frank Rich. All I have to do is see his name and know not to read what follows.
But I was offended by the implications and decided to do just that.
Nowhere in the article is the tea party bankrolled by anyone, nor also Beck and Palin.
After reading the article, I think the author is correct in his facts about who's doing what and when, and it boils down to an article written to the left.
As if to say, "See here ... he spells his name B E C K !! .. Can you believe it? ... BECK !!!"
And I shake my head and click tut tut, considering there really are people in this nation that do not apparently like nor desire personal liberty and freedom nor see the danger(s) with Soros, liberal/leftism and obama
Hey Frank, your oversight of SPLC fundraising.bogieman Richard Mellon Scaife is appalling. Marching orders are marching orders, you know. So, hop to it, ye minion.
Billionaires bankrolling political causes? but but Obama said he did’t want that,see how he operates progressives?.
Frank Rich needs to be one of the first traitorous bastard “journalists” we expel from the Country when we finally get to that revolution. It’s asshats like him who have been providing cover to professional politicians for far too long, and I think we all would be much better off if Frank went someplace else.
Oh good grief...can’t the Socialists at the NYT think of anything new? This is a re-run of their old Richard Mellon Scaife as the rich right-wing boogie-man that they ran in the last decade. Funny that they never run such an expose about Soros and the Left, though.
Many of them tried to change the subject to George Soros, the billionaire backer of liberal causes. But Soros is a publicity hound who is transparent about where he shovels his money. And like many liberals selflessly or foolishly, depending on your point of view he supports causes that are unrelated to his business interests and that, if anything, raise his taxes.
They actually said he is transparent! That's their excuse to the readers as to why they don't investigate his spending and report on it. Then the last sentence is the kicker. Soros owned and interested corporations have received billions in bailout money and guarantees . . . but to the NYT he's working against his financial interests. Idiot or liar wrote this . . . probably both.
Soros, IndyMac, and One West:
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