Why Make News When You Can Fabricate It?

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

Illinois billionaire Richard Uihlein likes to see himself styled as someone who would give people a chance no one else would. Must be only a coincidence that the people he gives chances all seem to share his ultra-conservative right-wing political stances. The 72-year-old Uihlein poured $22 million into 2016 political campaigns and, the Washington Post reports, is bankrolling right-wingers at a higher level this year. His wife Liz says she and hubbie Dick “love reading newspapers.” But Dick appears to love faking newspapers even more. The Chicago Tribune has revealed that one political outfit he subsidizes, Think Freely Media, helps mail to targeted voters bogus local papers filled with slanted articles about candidates. Uihlein, for his own part, routinely refuses all legitimate media requests for comments on his “anti-union, free-market” political agenda.

Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, the online weekly on excess and inequality. He is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. Last year, he played an active role on the team that generated The Nation magazine special issue on extreme inequality. That issue recently won the 2009 Hillman Prize for magazine journalism. Pizzigati’s latest book, Greed and Good: Understanding and Overcoming the Inequality that Limits Our Lives (Apex Press, 2004), won an “outstanding title” of the year ranking from the American Library Association’s Choice book review journal.

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Union Matters

He Gets the Bucks, We Get All the Deadly Bangs

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”

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