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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Koch Brothers Shill Joins CNN for Talking Points Opportunity; Not Quite Like Fox News

Earlier today, CNN's Carol Costello discussed the new CBO report on raising the Minimum Wage with Heritage Institute's Stephen Moore.
Whenever I see Stephen Moore on a news room marquis, I know what's to come.  He will spew a Cato Institute brand of Libertarian rhetoric behind his cloak of an economist. Of course, he is an economist. He is also going to view all data and economic analyses with a deep slant towards Koch brothers ideology (via the Cato Institute) and he will speak as do most libertarians.   

In the late 1970s, the Kochs help found the Cato Institute, as their Father help found the John Birch Society. The two groups are diametrically divergent in mission and goals, but there is a common thread Conservatism. Conservatism with inherent dogma to achieve mission and goals. Despite the Institutes fight for some degree of independence regarding research projects and other critical organization focus, when a founder and major money-broker supporter wants, they have major influence.  

It seems last month Moore joined the Heritage Foundation. Without any source data or reason or speculation I do wonder if Moore finds the atmosphere, corporate mission and personal opportunity at Heritage more to his ilk.  I think I am safe in that posit. 

A peep at the Kochs and Stephen Moore's recent employment history. 


Political activities

Members of the Koch family have given to conservative and libertarian policy and advocacy groups in the United States,[17] including think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, and more recently Americans for Prosperity.[18] Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works are organizations with links to both the Kochs and the Tea Party movement.[19][20][21][22] 

According to the Koch Family Foundations and Philanthropy website, "the foundations and the individual giving of Koch family members" have financially supported organizations "fostering entrepreneurship, education, human services, at-risk youth, arts and culture, and medical research." [23]
Thus, surmising about Stephen Moore's punditry is as simple as taking a breathe of air. 

Moore joined Carol Costello this morning for a segment on CNN's News Room. Even though I am well versed in Moore's punditry and the fact his political analysis will follow libertarian ideology and rhetoric, his use of the news platform to satisfy another Koch mission kind of floored me. He out-of-the-blue interjected "ObamaCare" as an issue in potential catalyst fore job losses. He "went there" in discussion of a Congressional Budget Office report that includes the prospect of job losses from an increase in the minimum wage. The report included far more positive data about quality of life for affected employees and far more about good and positive for the economy, but of course, those are not points Moore and his backers care to exploit. It should be noted, you will see Moore also attempt to reach back two weeks to another CBO report. The referenced report led to the need for a concise and corrective comment from the CBO Director, Elmendorf, related to Obamacare's impact on people forced to work multiple low paying jobs or people who work jobs simply for sake of medical coverage.  

Fortunately, Moore was speaking with Carol Costello instead of Erin Burnett. 

News Room via Media Matters
On the February 19 edition of CNN Newsroom, host Costello was joined by Wall Street Journal editorial board member and Heritage Foundation chief economist Stephen Moore to discuss the CBO report. Moore, a prominent right-wing media figure, rehearsed standard talking points about the alleged disastrous impacts of increasing the minimum wage for low-skilled and entry-level workers.
Despite Moore's efforts, Costello checked his spin at every turn, continually pointing to the positive impacts of increasing the minimum wage.

As we are exposed to people like Moore, is there any wonder 47% of voters in 2012 voted for Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan?

Leave with this point. While much of what Moore had to say should be filed away as Heritage talk, he used the two week old CBO report in an effort to mislead the viewing public. Moore is well read and intelligent enough to know full-well Elmendorf's previous comment relegated Fox New and conservative  talking-points about about work hour losses due to Obamacare into a mirage.  

Veracity is not the issue with people like Moore. The victory is saying the words on television news to facilitate propaganda to low information people who believe without further inquiry.

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