Rachel Maddow Scorches Koch Brothers On ‘Correction’ Demand: ‘I Don’t Play Requests’


 

By Jueseppi B.

Today - Season 61

 

 

Rachel Maddow Scorches Koch Brothers On ‘Correction’ Demand: ‘I Don’t Play Requests’

 

 

Published on Jan 4, 2014

On Friday night, Rachel Maddow delivered a blistering reply to a letter from attorneys representing billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch. While she has always been willing to make corrections on the show, she said, the Kochs’ current quibble is about a matter of actual verifiable fact and as such needs no correction.

 

“You know, you never like to get stuff wrong,” she said, “but it does happen from time to time and when we get stuff wrong on this show, I try to make sure that we correct it. We don’t mind making corrections. That said, don’t push it.”

 

A recent story about the Koch brothers’ financing of a national network of right-wing pressure groups is factually true, in spite of the Kochs’ ire at being mentioned unfavorably in the media.

 

“We cover the Conservative movement a lot on this show,” she said, “and in so doing we occasionally find people who have been mentioned in our coverage who are absolutely outraged that they have been mentioned in our coverage.”

 

“And the Conservative political figures who you can most count on to threaten to sue you and call your boss and scream about their victimization as loud as they can whenever they get mentioned by name in a way they do not control are of course, the Koch brothers,” she said.

 

The Koch attorneys went so far as to send a script for Maddow to read on the air, which she flatly refused to do.

 

“The Koch brothers’ letter to us includes a script that they want me to read to you on the air denouncing my own reporting on the Florida “Drug Test the Poor” story and telling you that they are not involved in promoting any such issue,” she continued.

 

“I’m not going to read their script. I’m not going to renounce my own reporting on this story because the reporting on this story stands,” said Maddow.

 

“We will not stop reporting on the political actions and the consequences of the political actions of rich and powerful men even if they send angry letters every time we do it,” she vowed. “I will not read scripts provided to me by anyone else. I do not play requests. I will happily make corrections when I do get things wrong. We do it on this show all the time. But I will not renounce or retract reporting that is true even if the subjects of that reporting don’t like it.”

 

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10 Responses

  1. What can I say, I am just crazy about that Rachel person LOL…she always stands her ground strongly and has no problem admitting when and where she made an error! Too bad we don’t have more of her on some of those other channels! I loved her closing statement as she looked dead into the camera and invited the Koch Brothers to come one down hahahahaha ..yeah we’ll never see that happen in our lifetime I betcha!
    Keep On Doing You Mr Hack! Love Ya!!

    • Hey Ms Carrots….how the heck have you been?

      • I’m doing , mostly just trying to deal with my computer issues waiting to see when I can get it back up and running…I was so lost when I could only get online by phone which I hate doing. Borrowed a laptop for the weekend and hopefully by next weekend I’ll be back to my own.. How are you doing anything new with you going down these days?

      • I am just chilling and enjoying the warm summer sun….love going home when it’s winter in the States.

  2. Reblogged this on TGM.

  3. Love the style changes!

    • Thank U Ms. Jackie, How’s The Family?

      • Everybody is doing well except me, at the moment. I ate vegetable soup my husband made from organic chicken broth and we did not know but it had “cane sugar” in it so I’m fighting that right now. It was on the label but my husband did not read the label. :( I will get it out of my system by tomorrow and then I will tease him about trying to knock me off and everything will blow over. It is frustrating, though, trying to spot different things in our foods. :( See ya tomorrow!

      • U gotta read those labels…I am sending Zen Hugs your way.

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