Report: Half of staff may quit LA Times if right-wing Koch brothers buy paper

posted at 4:01 pm on April 30, 2013 by Allahpundit

Call their bluff. Wherever you stand politically, we can all agree on that, right? If you’re a liberal, you want to see the fair, balanced, impartial LA Times newsroom rise as one and walk out in protest of having to work for libertarian oligarKKKs. If you’re a conservative, you want them gone for different reasons, partly as a smoking gun of bias and partly because it’ll clear the decks to hire more neutral reporters. And if they don’t walk out, that’s okay — their cheap bravado will have been exposed in all its cheapness.

Call their bluff. Break the left’s media monopoly. Then rename the paper the “Los Angeles Kochtopus,” just to spite them.

At a Los Angeles Times in-house awards ceremony a week ago, columnist Steve Lopez addressed the elephant in the room…

Facing the elephant trunk-on, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by the Koch brothers.” About half the staff raised their hands.

Perhaps one brave Times reporter would go public with a story killed by the new owners. She would lose her job, and it would be written about in The New York Times. And, it would pressure the LA Times owners to be more objective. But many of the people working at the Times support a family or are still developing their careers and can’t afford to lose their jobs — especially in a town with few job opportunities for newspaper journalists.

If half the staff quit under Koch ownership, that would leave half as many people likely to stand up to the owners — not to mention a huge loss of talented journalists who have built a wealth of LA knowledge and relationships over years of experience.

Half may be an underestimate. According to lefty Harold Meyerson, “A recent informal poll that one L.A. Times writer conducted of his colleagues showed that almost all planned to exit if the Kochs took control (and that included sportswriters and arts writers).” Cheap bravado among like-minded liberals or a bona fide threat? There’s only one way to know for sure.

After Meyerson’s piece came out last week, I tweeted it as evidence that the great conservative dream of buying up big-name liberal media outlets and making them more objective had a fatal flaw, namely that the reporters themselves would never tolerate it. Some will walk, others will stay on and defy warnings from the top not to tilt left and then dare ownership to fire them, knowing that martyrdom from the rest of the media awaits. Ace countered that Fox News proves that’s not true: Surely there are plenty of liberals working there, however grudgingly, in the name of collecting a paycheck in a highly competitive industry. They’ll put money over ideology if push comes to shove. Maybe, but Fox isn’t an exact analogue. Fox started from scratch as a conservative network; the Kochs buying the Times would be an invasion of liberal territory, a takeover of a once-eminent serious newspaper. It would threaten the left in a way that building a conservative media outlet from the ground up wouldn’t. Choosing to work for it would, at least at first, be seen by some leftist media types as tantamount to crossing a picket line. That’s a price worth paying in the long run, and even in the short run to see the bias exposed so nakedly, but if you think the Kochs are going to swoop in and turn the Times neutral or even conservative-leaning overnight, you’re kidding yourself.

John Ziegler thinks it’s mostly cheap bravado:

Right, but donations aren’t ownership. A big donor wields influence but not direct power to fire, hire, or dictate editorial policy, and his name doesn’t affect perceptions of the company’s brand the way it would if he owned it lock, stock, and barrel. If you’re a liberal working for NPR, you can shrug off the Kochs’ donations on grounds that NPR itself remains left-leaning and independent. If they want to give you money to do your work under those circumstances, hey, it’s their dime. If you’re a liberal working for the Koch-owned Times, though, then suddenly you’re a tentacle of the Kochtopus. And if you stay on on for the paycheck even after other reporters quit in protest, you’re a sellout according to your bien-pensant friends. Different dynamic. Doesn’t mean most won’t, in fact, sell out — a reporter’s got to eat — but as I say, different dynamic.

Exit question for media pros: How often are would-be purchasers pressured into issuing statements like the following? I’m asking earnestly. Maybe it’s standard practice and I just don’t know it:

“As an entrepreneurial company with 60,000 employees around the world, we are constantly exploring profitable opportunities in many industries and sectors. So, it is natural that our name would come up in connection with this rumor,” Melissa Cohlmia, a spokeswoman for Koch Companies Public Sector, said in a statement last month.

“We respect the independence of the journalistic institutions referenced in the news stories,” Ms. Cohlmia continued. “But it is our longstanding policy not to comment on deals or rumors of deals we may or may not be exploring.”

Do liberal media moguls typically feel obliged to reassure future employees that they won’t lean on them to push a certain line, even when they’re just one in a field of prospective buyers? I can’t remember a case of a newsroom fretting that a corporate suitor might wreak havoc by pushing them too far to the left, but I’m willing to stand corrected.


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Cool

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 4:03 PM

In one move the paper would improve by a minimum of 50%.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 4:03 PM

That should work out nicely for the Kochs. If the staffers resign, they won’t be eligible for the unemployment benefits they would have received when the Kochs had them fired.

cynccook on April 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Sounds good to me. Do we have to stop at half?

IndieDogg on April 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

It’s an employer’s job market.

There’ll be people lining up to replace the “journalists”.

Logus on April 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

And if they don’t walk out, that’s okay — their cheap bravado will have been exposed in all its cheapness.

…they’re just like Obama, on Syrian and much all else. The goof today “I don’t know what you, Ed Henry, are talking about on Benghazi”…Duh, I only live in the WH.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I fail to see the downside here. Surely some enterprising bloggers on the right would jump at the chance.

I say, let the leftists starve! Let the fools eat cake!

Vanceone on April 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Oh good, then they won’t have to have as many lay-offs.

livefreerdie on April 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Hooray!

Ward Cleaver on April 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Well…….Bye.

portlandon on April 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Wait — Is Allah twittering again?

cynccook on April 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Awwwwwwwww.

NotCoach on April 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Fire them all. Clear the decks and hire real journos. Expose their coverups. Bankrupt the mainstream media, who have become the enemy to freedom now.

Expose them all, whether R or D, drain the swamp.

rightside on April 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

I guess that’ll save them the trouble of firing their useless arses.

squint on April 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

But many of the people working at the Times support a family or are still developing their careers and can’t afford to lose their jobs — especially in a town with few job opportunities for newspaper journalists.

Hah

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

And the downside is?

arik1969 on April 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Let them do it; then bring in the staff from breitbart as replacements.

michaelo on April 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Heartache.

Good Lt on April 30, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Some days, I feel like firing Mr. Lopez too.

unclesmrgol on April 30, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Good luck finding another “journalist” job in the economic crap-pit of California.

Bishop on April 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I live in Los Angeles and this pathetic left wing rag deserves to go out of business. Failing that, the entire staff should be replaced with people who can address the following questions in a news story:

Who
What
When
Where
Why
How

If more than half pre-select themselves for replacement, we will be indeed fortunate.

Shmuli on April 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Well, that alone would be worth the money.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Report: Half of staff may quit LA Times if right-wing Koch brothers buy paper

That shows everyone that they are phony journolists after all. Either they slant the news their way or they are going to take their football and go home – except it won’t be their football. I am sure there are many true, somewhat unbiased, newspaper people around the country who would be happy to take their places. It might be interesting to them to report on the fall of kalifornika from close up. Buh Bye, Buh Bye. DLTDHYITAOTWO!

Old Country Boy on April 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Sounds like a WIN WIN situation. !!!
Hope they close the deal soon – maybe the entire staff will quit and the Koch brothers can hire real journalists.

IlonaE on April 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

That’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

Blaise on April 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Report: Half of staff may quit LA Times if right-wing Koch brothers buy paper

That’s the whole idea I thought

jake-the-goose on April 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

But the newspaper will suck!!!!!!!!!!

Chuck Schick on April 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

After they buy it, the need to release the video that the LA Times has of Obama at that banquet where he toasts Rashid Khalidi of the PLO.

kingsjester on April 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

This is awesome news!!

I may actually READ the LA Times.

I have to admit, years ago I read Mike Downey, a Sports
Columnist for that paper….is he still alive??

ToddPA on April 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Where I come from, we call that a DAMNED GOOD START!

Seaplane Driver on April 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM

If they quit they will find out the hard truth of what all the illegals have done to part time job wages in California.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM

They claim to be neutral but threaten to walk if the paper is bought by people that independents don’t care about and right-leaning people don’t have a problem with?

If all of the ‘neutral’ people at the LAT are afraid of the “boogeyman of the left”, isn’t it possible that they aren’t quite as neutral as they claim to be.

JadeNYU on April 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Half of staff may quit LA Times if right-wing Koch brothers buy paper

Well, that would be a start in the right direction. Then they can be replaced by real journalists worth reading driving the remaining hangers on to quit.

It might cause me to consider resubscribing.

As it is the staff is a pretty worthless lot when it comes to professional journalism.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Are they going to move to Canada too?

mudskipper on April 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Carlos Slim might have a paper for the Koch brothers to buy…

mjbrooks3 on April 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Good. Then they can replace them with conservative writers. Half and half. A fair fight.

Rational Thought on April 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

That’s a price worth paying in the long run, and even in the short run to see the bias exposed so nakedly, but if you think the Kochs are going to swoop in and turn the Times neutral or even conservative-leaning overnight, you’re kidding yourself.

It seems hard to believe that under the Koch Corp umbrella there wouldn’t be significant and far-reaching changes in editorialship and overall structure. I’m sure they wouldn’t make the same mistakes this guy did…

cynccook on April 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Vapors…!

(clutches pearls)

Seven Percent Solution on April 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Half of the staff quits? That’s a win right there.

And gee, I’m sure they’ll make a fine living venting at The Daily Yeast infection and Puff Ho …

M240H on April 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

There is a fatal flaw in this article. It assumes that there aren’t loads of conservative or right leaning journalists just itching for a chance to work for the Koch brothers newspapers. Go ahead and quit lefties and don’t let the screen door hit ya on the way out. There will be folks lined up to take your places who will actually…oh I don’t know…report the news!

Forget about them quitting how about replacing them alltogether?

After the dereliction of their job responsibilities that I’ve seen in the past years I don’t want any of them to have a job.

Just as I want Dems and RINO politicians replaced with conservatives, so do I want these lamestream media Pravda types replaced with actual reporters.

Can’t happen soon enough for me.

neyney on April 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Excuse me ma’am, your “tolerance” is showing.

Lily on April 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Replace the quitters with bloggers on retainer. There are plenty of bloggers in the LA area that could take up the slack, have as many connections in their sphere than the drive bys. Here’s 50 right here — http://www.lasnark.com/2008/02/09/top-50-los-angeles-blogs/217 — probably not all of them are lefties. Then you put http://patterico.com/ on the editorial page. Just to drive the lefties bonkers, pay Limbaugh to do a weekly editorial as well.

Kaching!

Dr. Dog on April 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Half of staff may quit LA Times if right-wing Koch brothers buy paper

And to borrow a succinct quote from a pot smoker and inhaler, “that was the point”

BobMbx on April 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Man! Finally! Some news that’s not bad, for a change.

Cleombrotus on April 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Half of staff may quit LA Times if right-wing Koch brothers buy paper

I don’t see a downside here.

Steve Tsouloufis on April 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

They can all go get jobs at the Boston Globe…Oh, that’s right…nevermind.

morbius on April 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Only half? Bigoted, tiny, nasty little people who call themselves liberals or progressives. Hostile freaks.

arand on April 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Then rename the paper the “Los Angeles Kochtopus,” just to spite them.

Allah owes me a new keyboard after making me spit up on it.

Steve Tsouloufis on April 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

lefty reports don’t have principles. if they did they’d be reporting about Obama’s misdoings such as selling arms to Mexican drug cartels, Benghazi, his kill list, his lack of transparency, his revolving door with wall street.

In each of those cases, the media would be all over it had it been a republican president. isn’t it a lefty principle to protect the poor and defenseless, yet when Obama sells guns to Mexican drug cartels who then kill poor innocent Mexicans, the media is silent. when it was revealed that the government maintains a kill list which included americans, where were the principles of these reporters then??

jetch on April 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Win-Win!!!!

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I watched an alleged “Conservative” paper transform after purchase by a Leftie group. It was oddly kind of fun to see the staid RINO design choices morph into trendy clutter littered with whiny goofballs. I’m not sure the reverse would be as entertaining. I hope it happens. Curiosity aroused.

tuffy on April 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Totally call their bluff. I don’t buy it for a second.

The newspaper industry is DYING. Where do they think they’re going to get cushy LAT-like jobs if they quit?

MikeknaJ on April 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Oh good, then they won’t have to have as many lay-offs.

livefreerdie on April 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

…see cyncook – they won’t qualify for eternity on unemployment.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

So we’ll finally get to see the Rashid Khalid/Obama/Ayers video they wouldn’t release before the 2008 election?
.

The saga begins way back in April 2008 when the LA Times reported on an event starring exemplary citizens William Ayers and Rashid Khalidi, sitting side by side with Barack Obama. About the video, they mention in passing that Obama toasted the radical Khalidi, but they neglect to report what exactly he said. They do not report the context, the reactions, or the speech by Ayers in which a dutiful Obama presumably sat through nodding and smiling. The LA Times concludes rather cryptically that Palestinians have a “friend” in Obama.

It should be noted that Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi are close friends, one of the few friends Obama has acknowledged from his life before 2006. His kids go to school with Khalidi’s and he has admitted a full understanding of his views in an earlier interview.

Now fast forward to October 2008 where the major media is beginning to ask questions in light of Obama’s known associations with anti-American radicals. Where is the video? Let’s see for ourselves. Even the famously liberal politico.com and their embarrassing Obama-yes-man Ben Smith has “encouraged” the video’s release. That should end the argument.

Yet suddenly the Los Angeles Times is saying today that the informant gave them the video on condition it not be released. They could write about the contents, but not release it. Anyone believe that excuse? It’s like your best friend giving you a porno tape but making you promise not to watch.

What the LA Times did say at the time about the Obama Khalidi video:

The warm embrace Obama gave to Khalidi, and words like those at the professor’s going-away party, have left some Palestinian American leaders believing that Obama is more receptive to their viewpoint than he is willing to say.

One speaker likened “Zionist settlers on the West Bank” to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been “blinded by ideology.”

NightmareOnKStreet on April 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Excellent! I hear McDonalds may be hiring; these folks might *almost* be qualified!

“Would you like some liberal groupthink with that?”

Midas on April 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Vapors…!

(clutches pearls)

Seven Percent Solution on April 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I’d pay money to see those folks leaving the room and scratching from a sudden outbreak of the Hives.

antipc on April 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Let them all go. The LAT is in the toilet, and it isn’t all the fault of the editorial board – their reporters are generally horrible.
I really hope the Kochs buy it , clean hous, and turn it back into a decent newspaper. There is a huge market of middle-of-the-road and conservative Californians who miss reading the daily newspaper and would buy it.

LASue on April 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Only half? Why not all?

If the Koch’s do indeed buy the paper, I wonder if Patterico also gets a job. He’d be great as Ombudsman.

Mostly I just can’t wait to see how the LA libs like reading straight news instead of propaganda all the time, but I also can’t wait to see the video.

Going to be fun!

MTF on April 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Bullcrap. In this economy, no one is quitting their job. Especially in the field of print journalism which is on life support already. If they do quit though, even better. That’ll only encourage more independently wealthy right-leaning Americans to start investing in media outlets.

Doughboy on April 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I’d say good riddance. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Not sure an investment in print news is a wise investment though. Maybe it will come back if real journalists are hired and good editors put in charge.

iamsaved on April 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Just like union workers they are all replaceable.

Grunt on April 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Coming soon to America

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Okay, byyeeeee!

youknowit on April 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Day One: Half quit, fire the other half.

A glorious start.

Midas on April 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Seriously? I’ll chip in some money. Buy it!

Kingfisher on April 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM

They can all go work for OfA.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Just give them a lollipop, they’ll calm down.

MontanaMmmm on April 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Good luck finding another “journalist” job in the economic crap-pit of California.

Bishop on April 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Yes, it’s in ruins, left with nothing but domination of the global entertainment and technology sectors. Better to stay in ‘bama.

I really hope the Kochs buy it , clean hous, and turn it back into a decent newspaper

If I had a nickel for every conservative fossil from a bygone era of American business thought it was possible to popularize their outdated thinking by buying a newspaper…

bayam on April 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Sounds like a WIN WIN situation. !!!
Hope they close the deal soon – maybe the entire staff will quit and the Koch brothers can hire real journalists.

IlonaE on April 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Ok, so you said what I said, but 10 minutes before me. That can only mean one thing.

I need one of those union contracts like Bishop.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Not a good time to be unemployed… I say… go ahead, make our day.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on April 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Good, resignations are so much less painful than firings.

LukeinNE on April 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

The WSJ reporting staff made the same bluff when Murdoch took over.

John the Libertarian on April 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

That’s a feature, not a bug

deadrody on April 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Half the staff will quit? That’s great because you don’t get unemployment when you quit your job.

Then the bros can FIRE the other half of the staff!!

HondaV65 on April 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Good riddance in my opinion. Let it burn.

ButterflyDragon on April 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Is this the staff’s “red line?” I say call their bluff.

Kingfisher on April 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Half is a good start!

jukin3 on April 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Well, good luck to ‘em! After all, it isn’t like newsrooms around the country are haemorrhaging staff or anything…

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Maybe we will see the tape then after all?

CrimsonFisted on April 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Kochtopus

Thanks for that visual. Not.

ElectricPhase on April 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

After they buy it, the need to release the video that the LA Times has of Obama at that banquet where he toasts Rashid Khalidi of the PLO.

kingsjester on April 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

kj, I missed your comment when I posted at 4:22… Get the popcorn!

NightmareOnKStreet on April 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Really. After Kermit Gosnell Week two weeks ago, they have the nerve to be concerned that a conservative paper would stymie an important story for political reasons.

Huh.

alwaysfiredup on April 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Let them do it; then bring in the staff from breitbart as replacements.

amen! if I could subscribe to a newspaper that actually reported news and gave objective editorials I would gladly subscribe to it. As it is my only option is the Houston Comical, which is nothing more than San Francisco/San Antonio Express/Hearst pabulum linking AP crap.

And most of the staff is in their 20′s except the editorial board. The CBS gal that weighed in on the cheerleader in OK City goes by another name in the Comical and contributes daily. Very immature articles and writing here.

DanMan on April 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

If I had a nickel for every conservative fossil from a bygone era of American business thought it was possible to popularize their outdated thinking by buying a newspaper…

bayam on April 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Yeah, I’d say that the old-fashioned left-wing propagandist newspapers are the fossils and that the purposes of the Kochs might just as well be served by buying them — even if, or especially if — they end up shuttered. Either way, win-freaking-win.

cynccook on April 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

What do you call it when half the staff of the LA Times is suddenly and voluntarily unemployed?

A damn good start

CantCureStupid on April 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Now how are they gonna get run a newspaper with half the door knob lickers gone?

onomo on April 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

With half our college graduates unable to find work, I have to doubt those jobs would be open for long.

Murf76 on April 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Call their bluff

.

Let them eat twinkies. ;)

MichaelGabriel on April 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Well, good luck to ‘em! After all, it isn’t like newsrooms around the country are haemorrhaging staff or anything…

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

More like…hemorrhaging profits and readers. Aren’t you more likely to be struck by lightning while wearing a gorilla costume than to land a job as a journalist these days?

cynccook on April 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

There’s a door out there just aching to swat their collective asses.

Physics Geek on April 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM

NightmareOnKStreet on April 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

No doubt. Unless that make the video vanish before the Koches take possession.

kingsjester on April 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM

This would solve most of the papers problems:

1) Get rid of too many liberal writers.
2) Reduce staff voluntarily
3) Reduce severance pay
4) and, generally make the paper more valuable.

Tater Salad on April 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM

conservative fossil from a bygone era of American business thought it was possible to popularize their outdated thinking by buying a newspaper…

bayam on April 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

And yet none have done it, thereby making the hypothesis impossible to test.

Further: Liberty never goes out of style. The big-brother fascism of the current American Left has never, ever been popular, and you survive politically only by lying about yourselves and your true motives and goals. It’s pathetic.

alwaysfiredup on April 30, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Yes, it’s in ruins, left with nothing but domination of the global entertainment and technology sectors. Better to stay in ‘bama.

What? Are all of the reporters at the Times actors or tech wizards? Maybe you’re on to something….they have been acting like real journalists for years.

If I had a nickel for every conservative fossil from a bygone era of American business thought it was possible to popularize their outdated thinking by buying a newspaper…

See Murdoch, Rupert. Otherwise, name one for a nickel.

bayam on April 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

BacaDog on April 30, 2013 at 4:36 PM

*waves hand* This is not the political bias you seek.

nogooddeed on April 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Time to start learning about capitalism, you’ve had your shot at the socialism stuff. That didn’t work so well, eh? Don’t want to learn about evil capitalism, ok, go find another job. HA! HA! HA! Journalism? Is that some kind of new profession? I haven’t heard of that in years!!!

hip shot on April 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Just make sure someone secures the Khalidi tape

Iblis on April 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Report: Half of staff may quit LA Times if right-wing Koch brothers buy paper

And the down side?

RJL on April 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Cool! They might be able to hire some journalists instead of the fifth column(ists) they have now!

ProfShadow on April 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Libs should love the Koch Brothers.

The brothers are for gay marriage, for cuts to defense spending, for decriminalizing drugs.

And they want to repeal the Patriot Act

http://www.newrepublic.com/blog/jonathan-chait/84196/koch-fiends

http://www.mediaite.com/online/david-koch-supports-gay-marriage-pot-legalization-and-ending-wars-and-you-shouldnt-be-surprised/

hepcat on April 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM

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