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Could Tribune employees soon be working for the Koch Bros?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by LongTimeListener, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member


    One rumor has them interested in buying major portions of Tribune Co., including the Los Angeles Times.

    Another rumor, passed along by a member of the L.A. Times Editorial Board, no less, has the Koch Brothers helping to finance a bid by "Papa Doug" Manchester, himself a right-wing multimillionaire who in 2009 bought the San Diego Union Tribune and promptly turned it into a propaganda organ for San Diego development.

    Now that would lead to some serious soul-searching among committed journalists and editorialists.
  2. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Is the line about turning the San Diego Union Tribune into a "propaganda organ" for San Diego development true?

    I'm willing to believe it's true, but I don't know the details.

    YGBFKM Guest

    Propaganda organ is what North Koreans called Kim Jung-Il's penis.
  4. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Although I do love the LMGTFY ploy, for YF's sake I will elaborate -- yes, he is very much a propagandist. I can't remember if he has an actual development interest or just wants it to happen because he's so pro-business, but he has mandated that all coverage of the downtown development (including a football stadium) be positive. That was a big issue in Tim Sullivan's departure as a sports columnist.

    Also in his tenure the U-T ranked its top five presidents of all time. George W. Bush tied for fifth place (with his papa).
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Interesting. Thanks.

    Normally I'd say you're crazy to worry about such interference from an owner, but this would make me think twice.
  7. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I wonder what Col. McCormack would think of this? Rich shits have been publishing newspapers for the chance to shoot their mouths off and print propaganda since the invention of moveable type. Nothing new here.

    YGBFKM Guest

    Serious question: If becoming a "propaganda organ" turns out to be a way for a paper to survive, is that acceptable?
  9. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't be surprised if the ed board member leaked it in the hopes that someone more local and less conservative would step forward.
  10. in this era of contraction and paradigm shifting, one could argue from the macro investor perspective that an internationally-known media entity like the LAT might be attractive and possibly financially successfully, ala FOX news, as a rebranded international-reaching right-wing propaganda piece. clearly, the kochs are not going to be getting involved to try and beat the NYT at its own game.
  11. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    That is a good one. I think a large segment would say they'd be happy for the paper/industry but would find something else to do.
  12. YGBFKM

    YGBFKM Guest

    Well, let's hope all those people continue to have the choice.
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