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Published on October 5th, 2010 | by Leonard Jackson


A real head scratcher

Kansas City Star

KC Star’s Investigative Reporting

Last week The Kansas City Star ran an article by Dave Helling and David Klepper that was a real “head scratcher.” I’ve read it a second time to see if maybe I missed something, but I’m still at a loss to figure it out.
The piece was on the front page, mind you, and the headline read: “Democrats fear Brownback donor could buy clout.” The article went on to “expose” the Koch brothers, David and Charles of Wichita’s Koch Industries, who had supported many conservative political campaigns and initiatives over the years, particularly those that involved Mr. Brownback.
I know of no one, who has even a casual interest in the political goings-on in Kansas that is not familiar with the Koch’s and their involvement in many conservative issues in the state as well as the national political scene.
My question is: why is this news (front page news) and who could it be aimed at that hasn’t been aware of this relationship for years? And why is this different than any of the hundreds of thousands of similar alliances all over the country? Does the name George Soros come to mind?
Jim Bergfalk, identified in the article as a Democrat and political consultant, said, “One should monitor future “asks” for the Kochs.” Gee, I thought that was the policy of the legislature for all the “asks” all the time.
Helling and Steve Kraske have long ago relinquished any claim to actual journalism. Their obvious left-leaning bias has to be accepted in places like Kraske’s column or the editorial page, but when it prevails in what is considered news stories, it loses any sense of credibility.
It has always been a challenge for journalists to appear objective in reporting the news, but in the past there was a subtlety about it that gave a reader a doubt or no thought at all, about the writers’ opinion on the matter. Today every item in the print media is looked at with a critical eye. Who wrote it and whose side is he/she on. They should at least have the decency to try to hide their side like they did in the past.

About the Author

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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