Charles and David Koch hired a team of crisis communications experts and “together with allies in the conservative media, they have launched a counteroffensive to cast the brothers as victims of a confused and emotional explosion of liberal hatred,” the website Politico reported. The push-back includes a Weekly Standard cover story about “the left’s obsession with the Koch brothers.” Some liberal commentators agree that the Kochs’ influence and motives are being exaggerated. Glenn Greenwald of Salon said that “the Koch brothers now serve the same function for the left as George Soros long served for the right: the bogeymen who motivate the loyalists and on whom everything bad, including political losses, can be blamed.”
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