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April 30, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Of course, if the group of high-powered liberal billionaires and Democratic party fundraisers are successful in buying the Times, that’s just peachy with them.

They are all totally oblivious to the riotous irony of opposing the purchase of a media outlet because they fear ideological contamination, while embracing a rival group’s effort to buy the paper who will ideologically contaminate the coverage anyway — except it happens to be an ideology with which they agree.

That’s how to save “honest” news coverage in LA.

HuffPo:

As Tribune Co. emerges from a four-year bankruptcy, the predominantly Democratic city is quivering at the rumor that libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch may be interested in buying the LA Times. The brothers are believed to be the only group prepared to buy all eight Tribune papers, including the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and Hartford Courant, as a package — how Tribune would like to sell them.

The ownership that most Angelenos seem to favor is a coalition of LA billionaires who have expressed interest, led by former Democratic mayoral candidate Austin Beutner and including prominent Democratic donor Eli Broad.

Many say local ownership is preferable because there’s more accountability and involvement. Local owners know and care about the city. Because they live here, they’re concerned and accessible. They won’t tarnish the paper, because they have local reputations to uphold. It would restore the family feel that the paper had for more than 60 years under the founding leadership of the Chandler family.

“Quivering” because we may possibly, perhaps be exposed to an alternative viewpoint? Perish the thought. We’d rather have our news skewed to the left and keep it that way. We don’t need no stinkin’ variety in the ideas to which we’re exposed.  Just give it to us straight — biased, closed minded, and safely liberal.

Besides, we don’t want any conservative billionaires coming into our fair city and causing trouble. We want our own ideologically rabid billionaires to own our media.

And isn’t it noble how we prefer “local ownership?” Actually, we don’t care who owns the damn paper as long as they’re liberal.

Now, if we can only figure out a way to block the Fox News channel…

Besides, we’ve already had a right winger owning the paper:

However, local ownership can have a dark side. Until the 1960s, the Chandlers used the Times to promote real estate development and Republican ideals. Similarly, when local real estate investor Doug Manchester bought the San Diego Union Tribune in 2011, he turned it into a platform for local business interests. To the dread of most Angelenos, Manchester has expressed interest in buying the LA Times, though he’s not considered a frontrunner.

Promoting “Republican ideals” is the “dark side?” And given the lousy economy in LA,  it might be to the city’s advantage to have its major newspaper do a little shilling for local business interests. Who knows? Maybe someone in the city might get a legitimate job because of it.

This is truly pathetic. Besides, I will bet my house that if the Koch brothers are successful in purchasing the Times. far fewer than half the staff will quit. One look at the job market for journalists, columnists, and newspaper people in general and they will scurry back to their cubicles damn grateful that the Koch brothers see fit to keep them around. It is an empty, idle threat that the Koch brothers should hold them to if they make the purchase. There are so many fine journalists and columnists currently unemployed they’d get 50 resumes for every vacant position.

So perhaps the Times’ staff should stop posturing and get back to work. While they’re at it, they better pray that whoever takes over the Los Angeles Times knows not only what the public needs, but what it wants as well.

 

 

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Why should they wait? If they really want to make a statement, yeah, they gotta walk now. I think it's fair to say that if the Koch brothers bought the paper that up to half of them would be fired so its just a matter of whether you jumped or got pushed, the result is the same.

1 year ago
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THAT was the idea.
New blood is what is needed and what better way than to buy the organization...and let nature take its' course.
1 year ago
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"Half of LA Times Staff May Quit if Koch Brothers Buy it." Dude. Next thing you know all the foreigners living in LA illegally will threaten to go home.
1 year ago
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What is there for the LA Times staff to fear? The Koch brothers are well-known liberals on issues such as same-sex marriage, drug legalization, anti-war, and a host of other liberal issues. They fit in perfectly with Southern California.
1 year ago
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I really wish some of these rich Republicans swells would stop with the donations and join forces to make a hostile takeover of the NYT while they were throwing about half the LATimes lackeys to the curb by the nape of their neck.

You'd hear a wailing and gnashing of teeth not heard since Al Gore "was cheated."

I'd pay full price for a subscription just to see the monkey cage rattled.

Since Uncle Warren, the closet jackboot and self-serving Obama enabler, bought out the local rag, it has turned severely left in the editorials. Somebody needs to counter Warren in these small markets too.
1 year ago
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Finally, some good news for the downtrodden!
1 year ago
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Good riddance, and hope it's true. The Brothers would save a lot of pink slips, union protests, and a whole chunk of unemployment claims.

But, the Brothers may still regret the buy. Diller regretted his $1 buy of "Newsweak".

Somehow I don't think Obama's propagandists would go without sabotaging the paper first.
1 year ago
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That's a feature - not a bug!

Next can we get them to bid on WaPo, the NYT and the Austin American Statesman?
1 year ago
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That would be a good thing.
1 year ago
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Who, precisely...would the Koch brothers get to write about the corruption, graft and dirty dealing in Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore?

The people who have been actively covering it up for the past four decades? What do you bet the Rashid Khalidi tape mysteriously "disappears" if the Koch's get the LA Times?

Somebody at the Trib going to do a piece on how Obama got into TWO Ivy League schools without a single scholastic honor to his name up through high school and two years of college.

The People's Republic of Maryland is going to open up its files to the Koch's?

The Agenda Media can't afford to be found out. They will never allow this to happen.
1 year ago
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"What do you bet the Rashid Khalidi tape mysteriously "disappears" if the Koch's get the LA Times?"

My thoughts exactly.
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