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Koch Brothers Exposed (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 8 May 2012 (USA)
An exposé on the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who helped finance the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

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Charles G. Koch ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Fred C. Koch ...
Himself - Father (archive footage)
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Himself - United States Senator for Vermont
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Himself - President & Co-Founder, Rebuild the Dream
Bill McKibben ...
Himself - Environmentalist & Founder 350.org
Katrina vanden Heuvel ...
Herself - Editor & Publisher, The Nation
Lawrence Lessig ...
Himself - Professor, Harvard Law School
Ben Jealous ...
Himself - President & CEO - NAACP (as Benjamin Todd Jealous)
Adele Stan ...
Herself - AlterNet Washington Correspondent
Lee Fang ...
Himself - Senior Investigator - United Republic
John Nichols ...
Himself - Washington Correspondent, The Nation
Andrew Biggs ...
Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
Veronique De Rugy ...
Herself - Mercatus Center (archive footage)
José Piñera ...
Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
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An exposé on the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who helped finance the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

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Less a Documentary Than Character Assassination
17 February 2013 | by (CT USA) – See all my reviews

I'm familiar with Greenwald's work and this is the second "documentary" of his I've seen. While it's been some time since I viewed, "Wal-Mart, The High Cost of Low Prices", this investigation of the elusive Koch brothers has little balance in presentation. Regardless of whatever the Kochs are accused of, there is no side of their argument presented whatsoever. Barring this, there is little historical evidence to base the Koch's alleged political motivations. What is presented, and clearly there's evidence there, is done so snarky that it is embarrassing. Hiring a voice actor to portray a Koch gives the film its sole comedic moment, but this hardly serves us and puts pressure on Scott Walker, not the Kochs. All we have to go on is the motivations of father Fred Koch, who in turn informs the brothers' industrial / political adventures, and even this evidence has an air of hearsay. Little is said of and by lesser-known and assumed estranged brother William, who could have shed much more light on his brothers' activities. Despite the obvious rift between the brothers as documented in the film, this Koch brother seems to have aspirations not far removed from his more noteworthy siblings. Attempts to get the Kochs themselves to defend themselves before the camera comes off as a dumb stunt relegated to the end credits.

Therefore, if you prefer one-sided character assassinations, go for this one. Me, I prefer a balanced approach that rewards the viewer with a richer understanding of whatever the subject is and how it seems to influence our lives. With much of the content existing in "... Exposed" intact and more of the Koch's side of the equation delved into we'd get a far more satisfying, true documentary. This video screams "shockumentary" that poisons the art and form of documentary filmmaking.

Pros: Short'n'Sweet; preaches to the choir, if you like this sort of thing; an investigation into the Kochs is warranted, but;

Cons: this ain't it. One-sided echo chamber it accuses the Koch machine of; asks us to follow the money - examples? Not enough historical reference or insiders to give us a fuller understanding of Koch motivations; too short and far incomplete

Net: Unconvincing argument to accuse the Kochs of being active democratic subversives

Disclaimer: Not a Koch follower or supporter, I simply wished to know about these guys, wanted a documentary and got a butter sandwich instead. There's plenty of Koch-type characters to go around today, who are they, what makes them tick?


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