One year ago, Global News pulled "The Koch Connection" by acclaimed Canadian TV producer and investigative journalist Bruce Livesey just days before it went to air.
Promo material about the Koch brothers' influence in Canada, including an interview with
Livesey told his story on Canadaland and was subsequently fired - along with, if memory serves, some members of his production crew.
Now The Real News Network is teaming up with Livesey to get his doc finished and to market. The film exposes how :
"the Kochs’ are waging relentless campaigns to deny climate change and using their wealth to get conservatives elected to office to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and further their corporate interests."Founded by filmmaker Paul Jay - producer at Fifth Estate and Frontline, creator of the brilliant CBC debate program CounterSpin with host Avi Lewis, and founding chair of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival - The Real News Network airs alternative in-depth Canadian content, sans the usual corporate spin.
Kudos to them for picking up the Canadian slack, and if you want to see this doc made, show it some support here.
For more from Bruce Livesey, see his work as lead investigative reporter at the National Observer.
*correction in 2nd sentence*