by: the Common Constitutionalist
For the past few days the liberal press has been abuzz with the rumor that the Los Angeles Times is for sale.
Actually, it’s not just the times, but all eight of the Tribune papers. They include, not only the LA Times, the country’s fourth largest paper, but also the Chicago Tribune, the ninth largest, as well as the Baltimore Sun, the Hartford Courant, and the Orlando Sentinel.
The problem is the right-wing evildoers; the Koch brothers are rumored to be interested in the purchase.
All the papers combined are estimated to be worth about $623 million. That’s a drop in the bucket for the billionaire conservative brothers.
I guess the staff of the LA Times isn’t taking the news very well. They claim there hasn’t been propaganda reporting, and there aren’t topics that are off-limits to the staff. This according to Times reporters. (Stop laughing – it makes it harder to continue reading).
The Blue Texan wrote: “I just don’t see how this will work. California is an extremely reliable Democratic state, which hasn’t gone for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, and L.A. is a liberal city… It makes sense that California’s largest newspaper, therefore, will reflect left of center politics.”
For, of course, there is no other kind of politics.
But I’m sure the left would hail the news if mega-billionaire Bill Gates decided to buy Fox news and turn it into the “Common Core” network. That would be okay.
Many outlets described the rumor as an invasion of liberal territory, as a takeover of a once eminent serious newspaper and would threaten the left. (I told you to stop laughing).
Another liberal reporter wrote that he couldn’t remember a case of the newsroom fretting that a corporate suitor might wreak havoc by pushing staff too far to the left. (Try to control yourself).
How would that be possible being the journalism schools are filled with leftists, both professors and students alike. They wouldn’t have been hired in the first place if they were already leftists.
Last week Steve Lopez of the LA Times took an informal poll of all staff members. He said: “raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Austin Beutner’s group.” No one raise their hands. (Beutner is a former Democratic mayoral candidate).
“Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Rupert Murdoch.” A few people raise their hands.
“Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by the Koch brothers.” About half the staff raised their hands.
This past Tuesday LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl introduced a motion to pull city pension money from the investment firms that own the LA Times if they sell the publication to buyers who do not support “professional and objective journalism.” (All right, I understand if you can’t control your laughter).
Councilman Denis Zine and Councilman and LA mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti also signed the motion.
Ah… big brother… Nothing like the threat of the government strong-arm. That’s the American way!
Yesterday Rush Limbaugh weighed in, with his usual sarcastic wit, to advise the Koch brothers. He said if the brothers were serious about the purchase, they should get promises, in writing that the liberal staff threatening to quit if they purchased the paper, actually would.
My guess is that this is just a rumor and won’t happen, but we can always hope and wouldn’t it be fun to watch the left meltdown over it.