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‘The eXiled’ Trashes ‘Reason’ and the Burgeoning Koch-Funded Libertarian Media Empire

The eXiled’s Mark Ames published a lengthy takedown over the weekend of the billionaire Koch brothers’ (who are also the primary financial backers of the Tea Party movement) efforts to create a true-believer libertarian media empire. Ames repeatedly slams the Koch-funded, LA-based magazine Reason, the libertarian think tank Cato Institute, as well as The Atlantic’s Meghan McArdle, who’s husband Peter Suderman works at Reason. But the main focus of Ames’ wrath is former Cato Institute fellow and recent Economist writer Will Wilkinson, who has spent his entire media career under the Koch umbrella, and the last two years since the economic collapse denying the existence of a growing American income inequality between the rich and poor.

Ames describes him thusly:

The biography of Will Wilkinson, like that of just about every member of the libertarian nomenklatura, is so caricatured, so totally devoid of surprises and curve-balls, that you almost have to admire how tightly controlled the Libertarian Assembly Line is–the only equivalent that comes to mind is the Soviet Union’s Communist Party vetting machine: from Young Pioneer to Komsomol to Communist Party member, they constantly vetted, tested and promoted the most useful shills, along with the elite’s children,  to create a power-elite class that lasted 80 years, at the expense of the rest of the suffering country. As an example of just how robotic and predictable the libertarian nomenklatura is, and how similar they are to their old Commie counterparts, guess what thinker changed Will Wilkinson’s life? Actually, don’t try guessing: Ayn Rand, that’s the answer every time, just as Lenin was the answer every time in the Soviet Union.

Wilkinson isn’t exactly a consequential target in and of himself, but the piece is interesting in its analysis of the Koch brothers’ efforts to create a loyal corps of libertarian true believer journos.

As one commenter on The eXiled’s site put it, “If only I read Ayn Rand instead of Hunter Thompson, maybe I could have been a propagandist for the power elite too. Seems it pays better than well read malcontent.”

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Meg Whitman Pays Bloggers Better Than She Pays the Help

What do bloggers and maids of indeterminate legal working status have in common? They don’t get paid very well. That is, unless you work for Meg Whitman. Well, as you probably heard, Whitman’s undocumented housekeeper didn’t get paid very well. But her bloggers sure do.

As the Daily Caller’s Jonathan Strong reported last week, Whitman has consistently paid upwards of 1,000 percent the market rate for advertising space on the conservative blog Red Country. She’s been paying $15,000 a month for advertising all year for a site that only gets 125,000 unique viewers per month. That’s a buck for every 8 people. Not bad.

In related news, this Fishie would like to announce the launch of his new investigative blog, “Meg Whitman is a strong, family-oriented patriot who’s good for America and California and may just be the female reincarnation of Jesus Christ himself — and Jerry Brown smells like doo doo.”

H/T The eXiled