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Ed Driscoll

But That’s Different. Somehow. Isn’t It?

May 2nd, 2013 - 10:53 am

“Bozell: Why Don’t Reporters Protest Warren Buffett Owning Newspapers?”, as spotted by Larry O’Connor of Big Journalism:

Employees of the Los Angeles Times have threatened to walk off the job if Charles and David Koch purchase the newspaper, as has been reported recently.

Brent Bozell, president of Media Research Center, appeared on The Kudlow Report, Wednesday on CNBC to point out the double standard in the media when outrage is expressed over the politically conservative duo owning the newspaper.

“If you’re going to say that a known conservative entity like the Koch brothers should not be getting into the business of dictating what a news operation should do, what does that tell you about Warren Buffett?” alluding to the multi-millionaire, Democratic Party supporter and activist who owns many newspaper companies. 

MRC’s NewsBusters points out that Bozell appeared on the program with Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post, who penned a column headlined “How the L.A. Times can stop the Kochs.”

As the Professor writes, regarding the left’s fear of a libertarian newspaper, “It’s about crass politics, not even really ideology. Nothing outside the party.” And it’s made all the more ironic, considering that Pearlstein is the Post columnist who called Republicans “terrorists” in 2009 for (accurately as it turned out) warning that Obamacare was a trainwreck in waiting:

The hate bath of policy disagreement was just warming up. Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein echoed George W. Bush’s you’re-either-with-us-or-with-the-terrorists formula in an August column. “The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage,” Pearlstein wrote. “They’ve become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems.”

If the “reporters” at the L.A. Times walk, perhaps the Washington Post’s JournoList could be employed to help them find new work elsewhere.

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