One Sunday evening as he sat in front of his
T.V. with a bowl of freshly popped popcorn
at his side, he saw the name David H. Koch
as a sponsor of Nova on PBS. How can that
be? He wondered, is this one of the brothers
accused of many things including trying to
break the back of PBS and NPR and get them
de-funded from the federal budget? And sure
enough, it’s baby brother to older brother Charles.
Is this an act of “join ‘em to defeat ‘em” — a
conspiracy of sorts? A Koch Syndrome like the
China Syndrome with the possibility of a PBS/
NPR national meltdown? Really? Maybe. Seems
that way, but he didn’t know. Their collective
reference – The Koch Brothers – sounds, in
reporting, as carrying the weight of many nations,
as in “China said…North Korea did…Russia
said…the Koch Brothers are reported to have
done…” and in reality, their collective material
worth makes many nations’ GNP look like last
year’s chicken feed. And then he thought about
this one particular, individual guy, the fourth
richest American, sitting in front of his T.V.
watching Nova on PBS with a bowl of freshly
popped popcorn at his side as so many other not
really very rich nor particularly rich or maybe
just middle of the road middle class and maybe
some particularly poor people, the 99.9 % because
it only takes an antenna to watch PBS, maybe even
one with Reynolds Wrap wrapped around it. And
with that in mind, he thought there may be, just
may be, a glimmer of hope or maybe David H.
just wants it all to himself.