The New Tone

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 17, 2012

This, presumably, is what “civility” looks like:

Charles Koch, his brother and employees have in recent months been getting death threats, hundreds of obscenity-laced hate messages, and harassment from some far left-wing groups, Koch said on Thursday.

“We are under attack from various directions, both with threats of violence against us personally, and with threats of attacks on our businesses,” Charles Koch said Thursday, in a phone interview from his office in Wichita.

Koch, the billionaire head of Koch Industries, rarely gives interviews, especially about the various political causes that he and his brother David support. The privately held company rarely releases information about its activities.

On Thursday, Charles Koch authorized employees to reveal the contents of hundreds of e-mails that the Kochs and employees have received in the last year, some of them containing death threats. “I hope you all DIE,” one e-mail, received last year, said. “You people are ruining our country, and all for $$$.” “Choose your expiration Date, Brothers…” said another. “The Koch brothers will DIE!!!!!” said another.

There were hundreds more — some from Wisconsin, where the Kochs were accused of aiding Gov. Scott Walker in his disputes against unions. Most of them were signed with what appear to be real names, many contained obscenities, and some Koch employees said these messages had made them nervous.

And of course, unlike the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, the threats of violence against the Koch brothers has a clear, discernible ideological tone. Which is why those who sought to demagogue the Giffords shooting for their own political purposes will say nothing about this.

  • Betty

     ”On Thursday, Charles Koch authorized employees to reveal the contents of
    hundreds of e-mails that the Kochs and employees have received in the
    last year,…”

    I, for my part would like to thank Charles Koch for this decision.  Daylight is a powerful tool.

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