BREAKING: New York Times Mentions Koch Brothers in Editorial, Forgets to Call Them ‘Evil’

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• October 27, 2014 12:24 pm


In addition to funding hospitals and scholarships for minority students, the Koch brothers are trying to undermine the America Dream by providing scholarships and training to public defenders to ensure that all Americans are adequately protected by the right to counsel.

In a statement announcing a grant to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Charles Koch said he hoped the program would destroy America by "[making] the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of an individual’s right to counsel a reality for all Americans, especially those who are the most disadvantaged in our society."

On Monday, the New York Times weighed in on the effort to restore Sixth Amendment protections, and appeared to unironically cite the Koch-funded grant as a positive development:

It is also a reminder that money, or the lack of it, is at the root of public-defense crises nationwide — a fact accepted by a growing bipartisan consensus. On the same day as the New York settlement, it was announced that the Koch brothers had made a six-figure grant to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to help train public defenders and fund research aimed at improving public defense.

The Times declined to mention any ulterior motives the Kochs might have for funding public defenders—e.g., personal profit.