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The liberal media usually take aim at the libertarian Koch brothers, but now that they’ve launched a venture with George Soros, there’s been an about-face.
Slate, The Boston Globe, and The Week all covered the joint venture between the Kochs and liberal billionaire Soros which is called The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft after U.S. President John Quincy Adams. Slate thought the anti-war endeavor “makes sense,” while the Globe gushed that it was “one of the most remarkable partnerships in modern American political history.
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"Why It Makes Sense That Soros and Koch Are Uniting to Fund a New Anti-War Think Tank,” was Slate’s full headline. It reported, “The group’s inception is driven by a shared concern over the United States’ long-standing reliance on military force over diplomacy, as well as the belief that ‘the foreign policy establishment is ill-equipped to interpret what was happening, particularly the foreign policy of Donald Trump.’”
Slate continued, “An increasing number of Democrats are taking on foreign policy sacred cows including support for Saudi Arabia and the relationship with Israel.”
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This was a huge departure from Slate’s past coverage of the Kochs. In 2016, Slate tried to turn Koch spending into a scandal in “What The Koch Brothers’ Money Buys. ” Slate slammed the Kochs’ connection to George Mason University.
In 2017, Slate cited Duke University historian Nancy Maclean who attacked Charles Koch saying, “He wants to bring in a totally new vision of society and government, that’s different from anything that exists anywhere in the world or has existed because he is so certain that he is right. I think it’s more chilling because it doesn’t correspond to the ideas we have about politics.”
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The Globe reported that Soros’s Open Society Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation contributed half a million each to fund the new Quincy Institute.
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