A New York public television outlet, WNET, went to great lengths to placate conservative industrialist David Koch as PBS aired an Alex Gibney documentary on income inequality that focused on the conservative billionaire. The president of WNET called Koch and offered to let him film a roundtable discussion that would air after the documentary, among other conciliatory gestures. The controversy reportedly also prompted PBS to back off another Koch-focused documentary in the pipeline. All the placation didn’t work: Koch resigned from his position on WNET’s board and reportedly canceled a large donation.
Not surprising, but I wonder if the PBS president feels like he did his best to blow Moneybags Koch and it didn’t work.
Overall, a cheap and tawdry affair.
I can’t wait for the Koch brothers to die — the world will be a much better place when they do.