The upcoming movie The Campaign is a big-budget, all-star, mass-release comedy starring Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell. Its villains are the Motch brothers, played by John Lithgow and Dan Ackroyd, who physically sort of resemble the Kochs (minus 10 or so years).And here is what HBO has been doing to the Koch brothers, in the new HBO series Newsroom:
Neither Ferrell nor Galifianakis has ever covered up their liberalism. Ferrell played a dopey George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live, and resurrected the caricature up through the staging a sarcastic 2009 one-man-show. Galifianakis is the nephew of a former congressman who lost a 1972 U.S. Senate race to Jesse Helms, an era-defining election, where Richard Nixon's CREEP and Helms's own in-state conservative fund spent big. On Monday, Galifianakis gave an interview to the N.Y. Daily News about the movie, and used it to deride the Kochs. "They are creepy and there is no way around that. It's not freedom what they are doing."
The Koch organizations have responded to CNN, via a quote from spokesman Phil Ellender.
Last we checked, the movie is a comedy. Maybe more to the point is that it's laughable to take political guidance or moral instruction from a guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok. We disagree with his uninformed characterization of Koch and our beliefs. His comments, which appear to be based on false attacks made by our political opponents, demonstrate a lack of understanding of our longstanding support of individual freedom, freedom of expression, and constitutional rights.
My favorite is below. It is very instructive on how power centers once created can keep mainstream players in line:
If Galifianakis thinks the Koch brothers are creepy, wait until he hears about what outgoing Cato president Ed Crane has been up to at Cato.
Eventually, one of the lefty media organizations, most likely HBO, is going to get wind of the long partnership between the Koch brothers and Ed Crane and just how creepy Crane is and the dollars it cost to keep things on the down low.
And lefty Hollywood media is not going to fear to tread where DC MSM has feared to go. The only questions then remaning will be who will be cast as Crane and what young women will be cast as Cato employees that end up looking up sexual harassment lawyers.