Who will end up owning the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other newspapers in the Tribune Company's chain is making for a lot of speculative news stories. The idea that the despised conservative billionaires Koch brothers and the almost as despised Rupert Murdoch might buy the newspapers has the left all a twit.
For some on the left, it is a chance to say (as we do in Illinois) "to smell the meat a-cookin'."
The Center for the American Progress Fund, a decidedly left-leaning "public policy research" organization, is one such opportunist. Here I give you the group's scare-mongering pitch, in full:
Yesterday, we learned the Koch Brothers, the right-wing billionaires, are looking to buy up newspapers across the country, including the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune. In a recent company newsletter, they promised to do "everything we can to persuade politicians" to accept their far-right agenda. Apparently, this includes purchasing large chunks of the news media.
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I'm giving these saps aid and comfort by printing their pitch. But I've removed the link; if you want to contribute, you'll have to find the link yourself.