Don't Let the Koch Brothers Buy the Media
Harold Meyerson doesn't want the LA Times to become a political tool
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 24, 2013 1:24 PM CDT
The front page of the Los Angeles Times is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – The Tribune Company's board likely views the Koch Brothers' attempt to buy its eight newspapers as a purely financial transaction. But almost no one else sees it that way, writes Harold Meyerson at the Washington Post. Thousands of LA Times readers, for instance, have already signed petitions against the move, because they see it for what it would be: "a political transaction … turning LA's metropolitan daily into a right-wing mouthpiece whose commitment to empirical journalism would be unproven at best."

The deal would include the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, and more, and while the Kochs say they would "respect the independence of the journalist institutions," the journalists themselves doubt it; one Times writer says he conducted an informal poll, and almost all his colleagues would quit in protest if the Kochs' bid goes through. "A newspaper isn’t just a business; it’s also a civic trust," Meyerson argues. "The money men who have been plunked down on the Tribune board should remember that." Click for Meyerson's full column.

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clmsman
Apr 26, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
If they want to piss their money away on print media good for them. These rags have all been losing money for years and readership. Newspapers are going the way of the dinosaur.
K.KRANK
Apr 26, 2013 5:01 AM CDT
Freedom of the press comes with the First Amendment. Anyone got the money to buy or start a newspaper is welcome to join in the public conversation in America. Just take the sources with a grain of salt & you'll be fine lol
HANKHILL
Apr 25, 2013 9:22 PM CDT
how in the hell can we stop them! money talks!!!!!!!!