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Tribune Co. Reporters Horrified At Koch Takeover Prospect

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 23, 2013

How much do the Tribune Company reporters and other writers fear the prospect of a Koch Brothers Takeover? They’d prefer Rupert Murdoch.


Chicago Tribune columnist Page compared his feelings about a potential Koch purchase to the response of legendary Chicago columnist Mike Royko when Rupert Murdoch bought the Chicago Sun-Times in 1984; Royko quickly quit the Sun-Times for the Tribune.

“A reporter asked him what he thought of the purchase,” Page recalled, adding that Royko said a Murdoch paper “isn’t something a respectable fish would want to be wrapped in.”

But Page says there is something worse than having Murdoch purchase his paper: “My personal feeling is I would much rather have Murdoch buy the Tribune than the Koch Brothers.”

He’s not alone. Another newsroom veteran at the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, agreed that Murdoch would be a more welcomed owner than the Kochs.

“The difference between Murdoch and the Koch brothers, Murdoch is a known entity, the Koch brothers are a mystery,” the staffer said.

“Of all the prospects that are out there,” explained one Times reporter, “the Koch Brothers are at the bottom of the list.”

Murdoch, as vile as he is, comes from a newspaper family and loves newspapers. The same cannot be said of the Kochs, aho are likely to turn the papers of the Tribune Company into versions of the Washington Times.


7 Responses to “Tribune Co. Reporters Horrified At Koch Takeover Prospect”

  1. Once upon a time radio was very important to American politics. Then Clear Channel bought up most of the music stations and Americans learned how to buy iPods and download music, taking responsibility for picking the music they liked instead of letting themselves be fed crap. The right bought up cable stations and now Americans are cutting the cord, refusing to let themselves be ripped off by media monopolists who use 99-channel “packages” to force feed us crap when all we wanted was the dozen or so channels that matter to us and which are now increasingly available via phone or internet.

    Now the right is destroying newspapers. The faster they kill off that industry, the quicker the internet will fill the void.

    I don’t know if that will be a good or a bad thing as the ‘net builds stronger bubbles but I think over time the right’s rapacious need to own the media will simply result in new media. The internet ultimately is Radio Free Europe for the 21st Century. The internet simply makes it too easy to compete, too easy to find what you’re looking for instead of what they’re trying to feed you.

    In this century, I’ve learned more from this blog than I have from the Star Tribune. Those trend lines are accelerating. If you posted today’s Twin Cities weather and headlines on your blog, I wouldn’t even bother to look at the Strib.

    Let them have the newspapers. Hopefully that money will serve the public good more effectively once it’s in other hands because you cannot buy content. Each day everything worth buying at the Strib (or L.A. Times) walks out the door at quitting time. Ask Clear Channel. Ask them what those stations are worth now that the only people listening to them are rednecks working low wage jobs.

  2. Charles II said

    Mark says, “If you posted today’s Twin Cities weather and headlines on your blog, I wouldn’t even bother to look at the Strib.

    What do you say, PW? Wunderground offers the weather for free. ;-)

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