The 2020 presidential campaign cycle is alive and well, which means no rest for the weary on the campaign trail for reporters, potential voters, and the candidates themselves. But, a glaring omission by the mainstream media illustrates the uphill climb that conservatives and libertarians face in the media environment.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2020 on a progressive political platform. During her time in the U.S. Senate, she consistently criticized conservative and libertarian donors David and Charles Koch, known in the media as the “Koch brothers.” On the campaign trail, her narrative has not changed, even after the recent passing of David Koch.
David Koch, who ran as a Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1980, passed away on August 23 at the age of 79. His death was covered by the mainstream media, as Koch was one of the richest people in the United States along with his brother Charles. Koch’s libertarian activism funded multiple advocacy and nonprofit organizations, such as Americans for Prosperity, and has long been accused by Warren and other Democrats as being a member of the alleged “dark money” cabal.
Despite his passing, Warren did not relent in her criticism of David Koch’s political activism. During a rally in Seattle, Washington, she blamed him and his brother for stifling climate change legislation. She said the following:
“And then along come big oil, big polluters, the Koch brothers. They come in, and they say you know this could be a problem. If our government, our federal government gets really serious about climate change, they’re going to bite into our own profits. If they change the regulations, that’s going to disrupt how we do business. So they have an investment decision to make.”
According to the Washington Examiner, she did not tell her audience to refrain from booing or jeering during her comments. The Seattle Times also noted that Warren claimed that the Kochs created an “umbrella they can hide under” for Republican lawmakers to claim ignorance on climate change.
But, other than the Seattle Times and Washington Examiner, the mainstream media did not cover Warren’s anti-Koch comments. Considering Warren is one of the major Democratic presidential candidates, her alleged insensitivity of the death of David Koch should be noted by the mainstream media. The dead should be respected, regardless of political affiliation, and to attack David Koch days after his passing is another example of Warren’s anti-Koch rhetoric.