Believe me. That's a real question. And it comes up with respect to the Koch brothers.. Well, come to that, do the Koch brothers think they should behave morally?
Gee, I guess not. In any event, the Kochs are right out there, in your face, with their efforts to buy the next administration (plus a goodly helping of Congress). They no longer care if you know about them and what they're up to.
The Koch brothers are done being shy. That’s the conclusion one would have to draw from the fact that they just announced that they hope to spend $889 million on the 2016 election, an unprecedented amount of outside money. It won’t all be theirs — they’re assembling a kind of Plutocrat Politburo, a group of billionaires and zillionaires who will contribute to the cause — but with a combined worth of over $80 billion, they’ll surely be the ones opening their ample wallets the widest and determining the strategy and the agenda. ...PaulWaldman,WaPo
And they no longer care if you object, throw up your hands in horror, or squint funny at them.
But unlike some previous reporting on Charles and David’s political efforts, this revelation ... didn’t require any secret meetings with anonymous sources to unearth. They just told everyone. Here’s the Post’s story on it, here’s the New York Times’ story on it, and here’s Politico’s story on it, all complete with ample details and on-the-record quotes. Reporters may not have been invited into the private meetings at the gathering, but they were allowed to hang around and talk to the participants. ...PaulWaldman,WaPo
Perhaps more disturbing, the media love to cover the Koch brothers' freedom-curdling activities.
If you were expecting journalists to express much consternation at the idea that a group of the super-wealthy are openly announcing their intention to buy the next election, you’ll be disappointed. Instead, the news is being reported more like that of a record-breaking contract for a professional athlete: wonder at the sums involved, but precious little moral outrage. That’s mostly because political reporters tend to believe that election campaigns are already nothing but a parade of deception and manipulation, an enterprise that’s inherently corrupt. So what’s a little more corruption? ...PaulWaldman,WaPo
The media, if that's true, are quite right about the parade of deception. But aren't the media themselves complicit? Even deceptive? Aren't they attending the parade? Worse, aren't they standing on the sidelines, handing out cold sodas and snacks to the paraders and cheering them on?
"And the consensus will be that that’s just how things work now," Waldman concludes.
That okay with you?