No Kontext for the Kochs

by Patrick Brennan

Jonah below notes that the two writers who parroted a ridiculous claim about the Koch brothers and the Keystone pipeline on the Washington Post’s WonkBlog have sort of admitted it was misleading. But, they bleat, the context of the one utterly unexamined fact they reported — that Koch holds relatively large leases in the Canadian oil sands — is unimportant because of the politics of perception:

The Powerline article itself, and its tone, is strong evidence that issues surrounding the Koch brothers’ political and business interests will stir and inflame public debate in this election year. That’s why we wrote the piece.

The home to this piece, WonkBlog, was a creation of Ezra Klein, who’s gone on to start a new media venture where he says that his intent, as it was at WonkBlog, is to “provide context” to the news and help people understand the reality of issues rather than repeating or reinforcing political spin and perceptions. Whether Klein did that with WonkBlog or not, his house of charts is now doing literally the opposite.

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