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.
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