Why isn't the media covering the 2000 anti-Koch protesters like they do for 25 tea Partiers?

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On Sunday - The billionaire Koch brothers held their annual political strategy meeting in the California desert with super wealthy donors and transnational corporate CEOs. Like previous years – the agenda is how to use billions of special interest dollars to win upcoming elections for the GOP. But UNLIKE previous years – the public is starting to figure out what these guys are up to. Several thousand protestors assembled outside Rancho Mirage, California where the secret meeting was being held in an effort to “Uncloak the Kochs," and Greenpeace floated a blimp overhead with a message about "dirty Koch money." 25 protesters were allegedly arrested by police suited up in riot gear to confront the peaceful gathering. What’s going on here is – America is finally waking up to the corruption in our politics. In the past, the Koch brothers’ manipulation of our electoral system was largely ignored, but as we can see by this weekend’s events, the people want to take their democracy back from this small cabal of corrupt billionaires.

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Ummmm.... because Koch and their buddies own the media?

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Ah, the question that answers itself.

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They aren't corrupt, they're just doing what's called for by owning and controlling corporations with their fundamental corporate purpose of efficiently achieving profit. Democracy is not efficient. These actions are entirely logical under the guise of "modern technique" in a society that has become devoted to technology over humanity. Ask any libertarian from the Koch's Cato Institute.

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I read about it in the L.A. Times and International Business Times this morning.

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Had they not written the rules, I would not complain about how they follow them. The efficiencies of democracy are in its distribution, not in its concentrations of power. What the technicians like is management, and when they push individualism they are dividing and conquering in order to manage an unorganized population by its own techniques.

The do corrupt democracy, and they do not have any integrity when they claim otherwise. Democracy is their enemy, and they have shown us who they are and what they do. True, they do operate by the toxic memes of our culture. They have convinced a lot of people that up is down and in is out.

How can the attack on government not be hostile to democracy? Unless the campaign is for good government, all the taint, including the idealism of a small government, contributes to a lack of belief in our ability to govern ourselves with any vision of a decent society. We either hunker down in personal relationships of longitude, if not trust; or we need a lot of security forces to protect our individual freedom. I prefer democracy.

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Al'Thor - that's encouraging - where was it in the paper?

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Local section of the L.A. Times. I don't remember the other

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2000 Tea Partiers would have made the front page <s>

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Don't you love the choice of meeting site, Rancho Mirage? Fits.

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Was it a Front Page protest? The arrests were just protest trespassing arrests they willingly submitted too. Nothing too exciting.

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L.A. times is awesome, always feels like they post stories to move society forwards, not backwards. Google news feeds their top stories, along with some other good progressive papers, which is cool of google (even though they organize only by top hits I think) -people hit progressive papers for a reason, it's the only place to get the truth =)

On Koch bro's - we'll need more than 2000 people to stand against billions of dollars worth of lies. If it's through writing an editorial in your local paper, or going to your local democratic party events, getting involved with an org. like the sierra club etc...

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Well everyone knows in today's America, the only way your "grass roots" movement is going to get any recognition is if it has billionaire, neo-conservative backers.

I am not sure if 2 million anti-Koch protesters would have made any more of a story.

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