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The Koch Brothers Go After Actor Zach Galifianakis and the Film "The Campaign"

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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...

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Sue H (7)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 11:45 am
Perhaps the brothers should look up the definition of Parody??

Kit B (276)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 11:55 am
(Image: Warner Bros. Ent.)

In The Campaign, out this weekend, Will Ferrell plays an incumbent Congressman who’s running what’s supposed to be an uncontested race, when a pair of wealthy brothers by the name of Motch put up a genial dummy, played by Zach Galifianakis, to run against him. Unsurprisingly, Galifianakis confirmed that the brothers, played in the movie by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow, are meant to be a stand-in for the real-life industrialists and right-wing political funders Charles and David Koch, and mentioned in a recent interview that he found the pair “creepy.”

Other public figures might consider the movie, and Galifianakis’ uneasiness about their influence to be a tribute to their effectiveness. But the Kochs don’t seem to be taking it that way. Phillip Ellender, Koch Industries’ president for government affairs, issued a statement on the brothers’ behalf, saying:

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.

While the Koch brothers have become a staple of political coverage, it’s taken longer for them to become fixtures in popular culture, and Ellender’s response suggests they’re not enjoying the attention. This summer, they’ve made an appearance by name in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama The Newsroom, when anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) attacked guests on his show who were members of Tea Party groups for not being aware of who their funders were. His coverage earned a rebuke from network owner Leona Lansing (a scenery-munching Jane Fonda), who cautioned Will’s producer against further coverage of the Kochs less they pull their brands’ advertisements from the company. declared “I got where I am by knowing who to fear,” she said. “They drop Brinks trucks on people they disagree with.” It was a weirdly sinister portrayal, in contrast to the lighter satire The Campaign is expected to offer up.

But as long as the Koch brothers are making heavy investments in political campaigns and grass-roots organizing, they’re probably going to keep popping up in movies and television, at least until someone gets the idea of painting casino magnate Sheldon Adelson as a malevolent power behind the throne, which will probably take Adelson deciding to support someone more credible than Newt Gingrich. Until then, Charles and David Koch might as well enjoy the spectacle of liberals fearing them, and the debate over which one of them Aykroyd and Lithgow are each meant to be.

By Alyssa Rosenberg, ThinkProgress | Report | Truthout |

Kit B (276)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 11:56 am

Indeed Sue, parody, satire, humor, comedy...Can these people get a sense of humor?

Angela N (0)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 12:06 pm

Cher C (1430)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 2:43 pm

Thnx for posting sweetie!

I guess they struck a nerve eh?


Yvonne White (229)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 3:47 pm
Apparently the brothers Grimm can't buy a sense of humor!;) But I seriously fear for Zach Galifianakis' life! They who shall not be named shall not be mocked!;)

Robert B (60)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 7:12 pm
Light, even comedic light tends to make Kochroaches nervous and scatter. Sounds like a funny movie. I'll have to see it.

Kit B (276)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 7:39 pm

I have seen some clips from this movie, it seems to very funny. Maybe this weekend.

Yvonne, that's very funny, "those who shall not be named shall not be mocked!" All the more reason to mock, they "who shall not be named" are making a mockery of this election.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 8:35 pm
LOL that kind of thing often backfires if my memory serves me correctly,, and it does.

Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore's polemical film about the administration of President George W Bush, is the most successful documentary ever at the US box office and grossed £222 million (£137 million) worldwide.

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 9:37 pm
Thank you once again Kit, as I will make it a priority to see!

Barbara K (60)
Friday August 10, 2012, 4:59 am
Thanks, my friend. Isn't it funny how Millionaires can dish out all the nasty ads and lies in a real campaign, but they cannot take the truth of what they themselves are? lol. Let them cry me a river.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 10, 2012, 6:38 am
They are offended by the way they are being portrayed in this film? I'm offended these crooks aren't in prison where they belong.

Arielle S (313)
Friday August 10, 2012, 7:52 am
I still say if it looks like duck, walks like a duck, sounds like a duck - quack, quack, Koch Brothers!

Kit B (276)
Friday August 10, 2012, 8:00 am

Oh Beverly you forget..."Corporations are people too, my friend." need I say who said that? We must overturn the travesty of the "Citizens United" decision by the Supreme 5 if we are ever to have any thing near "one person - one vote". I have no doubt the Koch's and Adelson's and all that ilk that consider it their right as the super-mega wealthy to buy elections, and buy legislation that will support their efforts, but we can make their actions fully illegal and worthy of the full prosecution of the law. We currently have a law to prohibit voter discrimination, the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Now will the courts act in time to prevent this election from being even more rigged then the 2000 or 2004 elections?

Kit B (276)
Friday August 10, 2012, 8:02 am

Arielle, I wonder if that duck has had too much quack?

Gene Jacobson (290)
Friday August 10, 2012, 9:34 am
Gotta share some of the review in today's local paper. Only gave it 2 1/2 stars but the review itself promises me a lot of fun.

"...sets up the contest for a North Carolina congressional seat as an energetic series of mudslinging attacks and underhanded maneuvers. But it simply isn't absurd enough to top America's ridiculous electoral process."

"Ferrell delivers a "your momma" joke worthy of the Trash Talk Hall of Fame, and while pandering to Evangelicals at a snake handling church he has a triple tiered physical mishap that's beautifully timed and executed."

"And there are inspired oddball touches. Cam's American flag lapel pin grows larger as his poll numbers drop. A surreal cameo by a beloved canine makes for a great punch line and call-back."

"In fact, some of the most outrageous political jokes area actual you-can't-make-this-stuff-up footnotes from recent elections, slightly exaggerated. ...The best political comedy this season is on the news pages."

I guess he missed the whole point, lol, though I am really looking forward to John Lithgow's performance as he is incredibly talented. It seems the reviewer missed the "Koch" connection, I'd point it out to him, but will let someone else do that, lol. Still on my MUST SEE list. :^)

Craig Pittman (52)
Friday August 10, 2012, 9:35 am
The brothers obviously have no sense of humour. Get a life boys, no wait they have a life messing with our lives through their political tampering. If anyone needs going after it's the Koch brothers.
Go Zach go. This film is just screaming for a sequal.

Joe R (190)
Friday August 10, 2012, 11:17 am
Too bad! Stop sniveling.

Robert K (31)
Friday August 10, 2012, 1:47 pm
Anything that reveals the Koch brothers as being the disgusting worthless scum they are deserves an Oscar in my estimation.

Greg K (1)
Friday August 10, 2012, 2:56 pm
Koch brothers are pissy little twits with their panties in a bunch because some actor makes a comedy movie about some fictional brothers who act like pissy little twits. Clearly, this hits way to close to home for the poor baby billionaires. I am sure the public will side with the billionaires over an actor just trying to make a buck doing an acting job. I can't imagine ANYONE with this much whine over the age of 5.

Diana Bair (7)
Friday August 10, 2012, 4:36 pm
The koch brothers can be dangerous, I would not be surprised if they would not try to have a person klilled.!!!!!. The republicians are also dangerous..... these ayn rand gop going by the name republician are NOT true republicians, ...........THINK.........ABE LINCOLN.........GOP before and AFTER up information!!!!!!. THINK........the ORIGINAL Republicians, they were called GRAND OLD PARTY ........For a ........REASON!!!!!!!!. Back years and years .....AGO.....GOP WAS FOR equality and........FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!. NOW THESE ARE AGAINST everything they used to be ...........FOR. This is NOT TRUE REPUBLICIANS.........anymore. they are SCARY....EVIL. and DANGEROUS!!!!!!. I am going STRAIGHT, a party for EQUILITY and FREEDOM!!!!!!!. Diana.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday August 10, 2012, 5:15 pm
Sounds like it's just what these guys need...more sunlight...guess they avoid silver bullets as well.
I didn't know much about Zach until I saw him on Bill Maher, when he lit up a joint during his interview on the panel. I was so impressed, I made an effort to watch "Due Date" and laughed through most of the movie. He has my respect as a human being and a comedian, now.
When I saw that Newsroom episode of Fonda's character being afraid of the Koch's, (I don't pronounce it "coke")....I cheered an applauded. Hope we see more "outings" of these two fowl excrements.

Kit B (276)
Friday August 10, 2012, 5:33 pm

yep, That's Zach, about a year or so back he just pull out a joint on "Real Time with Bill Maher", and Maher was honestly surprised, I think mostly when he lit up and offered it around the panel he offered it to a teabagger who smelled it and was not a happy camper. No takers not even my favorite POT HEAD, Bill Maher. I'm not a big fan of Will Farel but I do agree Zach is one funny dude. I just don't know why anyone would get upset over a comedy. Indeed, expose these vampires to more Sunlight!

"Real Time with Bill Maher" episode with Zach smoking a joint:

Kevin Lewis (1)
Friday August 10, 2012, 6:02 pm
My god, its only a movie!

Robert O (12)
Friday August 10, 2012, 6:36 pm
It's not so funny when the shoe's on the other foot or when the truth is staring them in the face. They need to stop taking themselves so seriously, after all, nobody else (aside from the conservatives that worship them) does or should. The Koch Brothers are a double hernia. Thanks Kit.

Robert Hardy (68)
Friday August 10, 2012, 8:20 pm
Oh God! More important things to think about.

Susanne R (234)
Friday August 10, 2012, 8:43 pm
I didn't realize the Koch Brothers HAD feelings! Can't wait to see the movie --although I wonder if the characters John Lithgow and Dan Akroyd portray would be more obvious to some if they had been referred to them as "the Pepsi Brothers" (opposite of Coke) or "the Toke or Joke Brothers" (rhymes with Koch and would increase the "insult" factor). When I read the name "Motch," I didn't automatically think of the Koch Brothers.

Kit B (276)
Friday August 10, 2012, 9:11 pm

I like that Susanne, best of all would have been the Toke brothers. Still Moochers they are, mooching of our system of elections. Get the moochers money, no matter what it takes.

pam w (139)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 1:44 pm
"Galifianakis confirmed that the brothers, played in the movie by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow, are meant to be a stand-in for the real-life industrialists and right-wing political funders Charles and David Koch, and mentioned in a recent interview that he found the pair “creepy.” "

+++++++++++++++++++ NO SH&T! LOL!

Yumana Yunes (197)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 2:42 pm
I can't wait to see it! My too favorite comedians of late!

Michael T (82)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 6:20 pm
So the Kochs are all about their rights of free speech that allows them to buy elections, and fund state governments directing them to abrogate the rights of women, unions, and gender different folk, but they aren't willing to allow the origins of free speech allowing others to comment upon what is going on in the US.

Somehow, I am not at all surprised. These are some of the most malevolent people I am aware of beside the Waltons and others like them in America. To me, these folks are not representative of the dream I once held, most likely as a naive child, of what this country should be about.

I continue to believe that I have somehow woken up 13 years ago, or was it 33 years ago, or 49 years ago to find myself in some really unsavory alternate universe. I can't take enough baths or showers to feel clean about this.
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