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Koch Bros Host Roger Ailes At Ohio University

Koch Bros Host Roger Ailes At Ohio University

Ohio University recently played host to Fox News chief Roger Ailes to spark a discussion on the issue of “free speech and the media.” As Robert Greenwald asks, could Ailes invitation have anything to do with the Koch brothers?

It’s a fair question given the fact that the the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation serves as an underwriter of the George Washington Forum, the group that hosted the speech. And its guests include a list of the worst of the offenders of the right. Not only was Ailes there, it was hosted by torture apologist and former Bush attorney John Yoo.

Koch’s ties to higher education are not isolated to OU, but they do run deep there. Through the George Washington Forum the Charles Koch Foundation awards grants to students “interested in studying free market ideas” under an OU professor who researches conservative politics.

Ailes is also a big donor to OU, a fact which should have been disclosed. This speaking invitation is looks less like an opportunity to support the free exchange of ideas and more like a quid pro quo to spread Ailes and the Koch brothers message.

Then again, given the messenger, are we really surprised?

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5:32PM PDT on May 25, 2012

The Koch Brothers host a discussion at Ohio University with FOX News' primary propagandist and human manure spreader Roger Ailes. Did the syposium have a name? Boobapalooza? BullshitRUS?

12:58AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Thanks for the article.

12:17AM PDT on May 24, 2012

The Koch brothers and free speech brings to mind those Vatican saints: Rebecca Brooks, Sara Palin, Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, and Josef Goebels singing the star spangled banner to neo-Nazis.

11:35AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you.

11:35AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you.

11:34AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you.

11:34AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you.

11:34AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you.

11:34AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you.

11:17AM PDT on May 23, 2012

If the government underfunds public higher education, the rich get to buy it to indoctrinate students just like they buy the politicians to indoctrinate the voters.

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