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Koch Brothers Exposed (2012) 
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Ever since Michael Moore's 1989 flick Roger & Me, political
documentaries have gone steadily downhill. Whereas they were once
scrupulously factual and accurate to the point of being a bit dull, they
are now utilized as an entertainment medium. In fact, some political
documentaries have been among the most fun-filled viewing experiences of
the year. This is because all too many political documentary filmmakers
are throwing accuracy and ethics to the wayside in the interest of the
almighty dollar.

One such producer is Robert Greenwald. Greenwald's documentaries are
hard-line left-wing flicks that throw logic and common sense out the
window in an effort to smear their targets. Previous Greenwald targets
have included the Fox News Channel and Wal-Mart. This time around,
Greenwald's targets are industrialists and libertarian businessmen, the
Kock brothers, Charles and David. They donate heavily to libertarian
causes and promote the vision of a libertarian society. David Koch was
also the 1980 Libertarian Party nominee for vice president. Greenwald
has declared war on them and has produced a documentary containing an
incredible amount of vitriol aimed at smearing them.

For all of their bluster about the Koch brothers' alleged wrongdoing,
Greenwald and his cronies in the making of this so-called documentary
have committed their own misdeeds, such as false advertising. The
movie's advertising claims that former Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Jim Hightower is one of the folks featured in this flick. However,
Hightower is not in the movie at all. This is especially bad because
Hightower is an individual whose track record gives him much more
credibility than any of the people who were actually in this production.
Perhaps the worst part of this documentary came when it attacked the
Koch brothers for donating $500 million for prostrate cancer treatment
and research. This includes $100 million that was donated to create the
David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. Yes,
you read that right. According to the movie, the Koch brothers only made
these donations after David Koch was diagnosed as having prostrate
cancer himself, as if that was outrageous or something. One of the
talking heads in this flick claimed that it was unfair for David Koch to
be able to pay for his own cancer treatment when so many others cannot
do so.

That comment missed the point of the Koch bothers' huge donations. Those
donations were far and away much higher than what it would have been
necessary to pay for David Koch's successful cancer treatment. Those
donations will allow large numbers of Americans to have quality
treatment and for the furthering of research to help lead to a cure for
the disease. Far from selfish, the Koch brothers' donations for cancer
research is about as public spirited as one can get.

In the end, Koch Brothers Exposed is a shoddy piece of work. It is an
incredibly mean-spirited trashing of folks who are only trying to make
America a better nation. The Koch brothers have lived up to their
libertarian ideals by funding movements and organizations to increase
liberty in the so-called land of the free. Instead, they are subjected
to baseless smears by hacks like Greenwald. Koch Brothers Exposed is
truly a movie to avoid.

Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:15 pm
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I'm sure the Koch's were rubbing away tears of sadness with wads of hundreds to see their names run through the gutter like that. Poor billionaires. How will they ever survive the vilification of their good name.

Oh yeah, down here, I am considered the apotheosis of cool - Sewer Urchin

This is an appalling film. And for some of you, well worth your time - SSM

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