One of two foremost issues at the Vail summit was the need to win the White House in the coming election. Charles Koch said, “We've had a lot of tough battles. We've lost a lot over the years and we've won some recently. Set the stage for, as I've said, the ‘mother of all battles’ coming up a year from November, and I've pledged to all of you who've stepped forward and are partnering with us that we are absolutely going to do our utmost to invest this money wisely and get the best possible payoff for you in the future of our country.” The other issue was the matter of the media. Charles Koch, in introducing guest speaker former New Jersey Superior Court judge and libertarian Fox News host Andrew P. Napolitano, began, "We've talked about our competitive disadvantage, how we're overwhelmed in a number of areas," Koch said. "One of those areas, of course, is the media, and we're overwhelmed. The media is 90-plus percent against us. But we have a few bright stars, and Judge [Napolitano] here is one of them.” Following the controversial and outspoken Judge Napolitano’s speech, Charles Koch re-mounted the stage and began to wind up the affair, again petitioning for donations. “Because it isn't just your money we need. We need your energy. We have to multiply ourselves. Just as to change the media we just can't have the judge. We need to clone him thousands and thousands-fold. And so…God bless you and God bless America!”
The Koch brothers have every right to speak. They are generous philanthropists who donate millions to charity, and make the charitable donations a private and personal matter. Their political views are extreme but not impossibly so. The concern is with the new thrust on changing the media.
We have witnessed profound changes to our congress, and therefore to our nation, in recent times. Many new era politicians seem to favor corporate power at the expense of individuals. With the allowance of the Supreme Court to unlimited influence on legislators and judges, America now seems in danger of being dominated not by and for the people, but by corporate hierarchy. This is a troubling trend, but if the corporate influence were to extend to and pervade the popular news media, it could be catastrophic. We are fortunate now to have a dedicated and wise media (the possible exception being radio sites) which for the most part report in an unbiased and objective manner. We can allow ourselves to form opinions based on their reporting. We feel we have an accurate interpretation of events, foreign and domestic. If the media says the students in Egypt are seeking freedom and democracy, we allow ourselves to believe that is true. If the media tells us this or that about a political candidate we are fortunate that we can accept their word as truth.