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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Where’s the downside? The other half of the staff stays?

novaculus on April 30, 2013 at 4:41 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

 
Implying a substantial amount. Fine. Let’s stick with it.
 
How much would you have in dollars? Go ahead. Tell us. Use standard half-up rounding rules.

rogerb on April 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

VICTORY!

DTTS on April 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Report: Half of staff may quit LA Times if right-wing Koch brothers buy paper.
…so, is there any BAD news?

TeaPartyNation on April 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Sorry bayam. Half-up meaning five or greater rounds up to the next number, and four or below rounds down.

rogerb on April 30, 2013 at 4:43 PM

To leaving staff….Buh-Bye! Seriously dont let the door hit you and best of luck in the burgeoning journalism job market.

Guessing the half the staff that will stay are in the sports page.

abnormal_1 on April 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Sounds like a good deal.
The half that would quit are likely the unethical lefty scum that should be out of work anyway.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Fatal flaw: the reporters won’t stay if the bias has to end?
I’d say this: remember the air traffic controllers? They had the upper hand too, until someone with integrity called their bluff.

Which is something the cowardly GOP hasn’t done in years–which explains why we’re in the mess we’re in. They’d bring feathers to a nuke fight…naw, actually surrender signs.

Don L on April 30, 2013 at 4:46 PM

If the Kochs bought the L.A. Times, I would be their first new subscriber.

h a p f a t on April 30, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Good. That’s saves the trouble of firing them.

RadClown on April 30, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Let them all leave!
Surely there are good non-Liberal-fanatic workers available.

greenLibertarian on April 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Come to think of it, this would actually have an additional benefit that wasn’t previously discussed. The terminated staff can be replaced with people who were forced into unemployment because of Obama’s policies. There are a lot of people looking for work.

That would be sweet!

Kingfisher on April 30, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Well…….Bye.

portlandon on April 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

That’s the rumor. But I’m not retired…I’m in my prime. I’ll be your huckleberry.

logicman_1998 on April 30, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Well sure they will… what’s the risk to them?

Journalism companies are expanding rapidly raking in money hand over fist and hiring like there is no tomorrow.

I’m sure they’ll have new better jobs within a week.

I’m thinking we don’t tell them the difference in unemployment filing between quitting vs. being fired. Lets pretend it’s the same and see if they notice.

gekkobear on April 30, 2013 at 4:50 PM

So half of the LA Times staff opposes gay marriage (which the Koch brothers support?)

Why the homophobia, LA Times?

rbj on April 30, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Good.

Then fire the other half.

Start over.

tetriskid on April 30, 2013 at 4:51 PM

If I had a nickle for everytime a leftist threatened to “quit, leave the country, throw a hissy fit, blah blah blah…

All I can say is Adios bitches, and take Piers Morgan with you…

Kuffar on April 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I think there’s more than a few journalists who actually want to report the news … not write liberal love or conservative hit pieces. They don’t do it because they’ll lose their jobs.

I don’t see any problem staffing the LAT with competent fair writers. I bet there will be a line for interviews.

darwin on April 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Lot’s of big talk from little people, I don’t think any have them have the guts to quit.

Tater Salad on April 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Oh, no! You mean (some) of the “journalists” who have dropped…no, no…ignored…no, no…hidden the ball for the last few years on pretty much every major news story that would in any way reflect poorly on Obama or liberal values might quit?!? Making room for others who might actually (gasp! shudder!) report the news?!? The horror!

Seriously, I would be tempted to find out names of those who raised their hands and begin the incredibly overdue and very much necessary housecleaning with them (in the event that they do not actually quit).

So tired of liberal temper tantrums.

butterflies and puppies on April 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Yeah! Go for it guys. There are so many jobs in your career field you can write your own ticket at any newspaper in the country! After all, you’re the paper of record for the left coast. Keep your integrity.

Seriously, I was living in LA during the 2000 Presidential campaign. The paper was so biased even back then I think the Koch brothers could chalk it up to community service.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

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

OK, looking for the downside here. .., Nope, not seeing any.

Entertainment and Sports writers too? Aw, that’d be a shame, it’s not like they are raging leftists too. We have a lady acquaintance who writes for the AZ Red Star in the entertainment section. After Sandy Hook, she brought up how the US needed to have a “conversation” about gun control. Of course, by “conversation” she meant the US needed to listen to a lecture by the left on gun control. So yeah, they are all leftwing liberals from the entertainment sections to the editorial pages; that’s how we have fallen to the point we have, with not a single objective viewpoint in any of the MSM. I don’t think they would know how to write an unbiased story to save their lives. Let ‘em all go and start over.

The implication by the person making the statement in the story is that if half the “journalists” left the paper, it would somehow harm the value of the paper. Here’s a hint: liberal reporters are a dime a dozen, being churned out like candy from J-schools across the country. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one. So replacing them would be easy. Finding an objective reporter, or at least one who could maintain objectivity is going to be much harder. Those folks threatening to leave are self-selecting out and demonstrating that they don’t qualify as objective, thus it makes it easier for the next editor to winnow the remaining employees.

I see nothing but win in all of thise

AZfederalist on April 30, 2013 at 4:57 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

I love how you hypocritical Democrats lecture your “inferiors” about how they should not rush to judge an entire group of people, or rush to stereotype such a group of people, and then immediately turn around and do exactly what you accuse them of doing.

A+

As for your second comment I bolded, tell us how well the liberal fossil NY Times purchase of the Boston Globe turned out.

F-

Del Dolemonte on April 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

It’s so amusing how Progressives FREAK OUT over two libertarian billionaires, who support a lot of the same things that they do:

David:

‘Here was a great guy, advocating all the things I believed in. He wanted less government and taxes, and was talking about repealing all these victimless crime laws that accumulated on the books. I have friends who smoke pot. I know many homosexuals. It’s ridiculous to treat them as criminals—and here was someone running for president, saying just that.’

- David Koch

He broke with the Libertarian Party in 1984 WHEN IT SUPPORTED ELIMINATING ALL TAXES and Koch has since been a Republican.

* Opposed the Iraq War.

* Pledged $100 million over 10 years to renovate the New York State Theater in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

* Pledged $10 million to renovate the outdoor fountains at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

* Has been a trustee of the American Ballet Theater for 25 years and has contributed more than $6 million to the theater.

* Has donated a total of $185 million to MIT

* Donated $20 million to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

* Donated $30 million to the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York

* Donated $25 million to the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

* Donated $15 million to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center

* Donated $5 million to the House Ear Institute, in Los Angeles, to create a center for hearing restoration

* Donated $25 million to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City

* Donated $68 million to Deerfield Academy for mathematics, science and technology

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

the Khalidi recording would be destroyed long before the Kochs took over, if it hasn’t been already

commodore on April 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

And yet – to low info / low IQ dem voters like bayam, what is he?

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

Clueless.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

If that pledge to quit can be enforced I think the brothers can raise enough flash cash to make the purchase. Where do I buy my share?

Nomas on April 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Better to stay in ‘bama.

bayam on April 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

PS, this is just for you, Precious. Enjoy!

In truth, the white South began breaking away from the Democrats in the 1920s, as population centers began to develop in what was being called the “New South”

-snip-

But the big breakthrough, to the extent that there was one, came in 1952. Dwight Eisenhower won 48 percent of the vote there, compared to Adlai Stevenson’s 52 percent. He carried most of the “peripheral South” — Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and Florida — and made inroads in the “Deep South,” almost carrying South Carolina and losing North Carolina and Louisiana by single digits.

Even in what we might call the “Deepest South” — Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi — Eisenhower kept Stevenson under 70 percent, which might not seem like much until you realize that Tom Dewey got 18 percent in Georgia against FDR in 1944, and that this had been an improvement over Herbert Hoover’s 8 percent in 1932.

-snip-

The point of all this is not to deny that Richard Nixon may have invited some nasty fellows into his political bed. The point is that the GOP finally became the region’s dominant party in the least racist phase of the South’s entire history, and it got that way by attracting most of its votes from the region’s growing and confident communities—not its declining and fearful ones. The myth’s shrillest proponents are as reluctant to admit this as they are to concede that most Republicans genuinely believe that a color-blind society lies down the road of individual choice and dynamic change, not down the road of state regulation and unequal treatment before the law. The truly tenacious prejudices here are the mythmakers’.

h/t to Power Line.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/04/the-southern-strategy-debunked-again.php

Del Dolemonte on April 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Hmmm…and this is a threat because there is such a shortage of journalists in this country? (Or those with a journalism degree which is not quite the same thing!).

The real danger of course would be for the Koch’s to buy it and make money…illustrating the bankruptcy of liberalism for all to see.

The real problem of course is that dead trees are not much of a business today. My take is that the Koch’s aren’t that dumb but they do enjoy all the foaming at the mouth and misdirected banal spittle that the idea engenders.

camaraderie on April 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

‘Government spending on business only aggravates the problem. Too many business have successfully lobbied for special favors and treatment by seeking mandates for their products, subsidies (in the form of cash payments from the government), and regulations and tariffs to keep more efficient competitors at bay. Crony capitalism is much easier than competing in an open market. But it erodes our overall standard of living and stifles entrepreneurs by rewarding the politically favored rather than those who provide what consumers want. The first thing we’ve got to get rid of is business welfare and entitlements.’

- Charles Koch

Proggies supposedly hate crony capitalism.

He supports and funds the ‘Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, a scientific effort to compile an open database of the Earth’s surface temperature records.’

Sounds like something the LAT newsroom would get behind enthusiastically.

‘Between 2004 and 2008, Koch [has given] $246 million, focusing on libertarian causes, giving money for academic and public policy research and social welfare.’

Donating money to social welfare causes and funding academic research is bad?

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Perfect. Self-selecting.

vityas on April 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Good Riddance!

lonestar1 on April 30, 2013 at 5:08 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

.
The video may vanish along with the other half of the staff who didn’t raise their hands?

NightmareOnKStreet on April 30, 2013 at 5:08 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

If i had a nickle for every time you posted your idiotic nonsense..I’d be a millionaire several times over.

HumpBot Salvation on April 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

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

The Koch Brothers are not nor have they EVER been conservatives. They are libertarians.

By the way, pumpkin, 1789 called and it wants its ‘thinking’ back.

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

So half of the LA Slimes staff will quit if Koch Bros buys the paper?

Be still, my heart.

Seriously, Koch should offer the rest a cash buyout just so they can start with a clean ship.

platypus on April 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Talk is cheap, and if anything, liberals are known to be cheap.

GarandFan on April 30, 2013 at 5:15 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

If I had a penny for every brain cell you compared to, say, just the old, average, potted plant, I’d be richer than both of the Koch Brothers…COMBINED.

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM

The current Board President (Bruce Karsh) of Tribune Company (Who owns the LA Times) gave $33,300 to Obama in 2012 for his re-election. I didn’t delve into the other board members of the current ownership group, but I would venture a guess that similar political contributions are present in their records as well. Mighty strange that the employees at the times aren’t worried about the politics of their current ownership.

weaselyone on April 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

bub bye heh heh

papertiger on April 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I’m surprised they don’t offer to stay and sabotage the Times in true lefty/unionista fasion.

weaselyone on April 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Well, bayam never has been much of a thinker – just spouts libtard talking points. I’m just glad to see he/she/it finally mostly got away from randomly dropping names of business leaders as if spouting a name was some kind of irrefutable argument.
It sort of looked like written Tourette’s – Jobs….. Gates…. uhhhh …. Buffet…..bbbbbbb

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Do you promise?

Socratease on April 30, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Because, you know, there are so many unfilled jobs at other newspapers around the country for them to go to. Right ?
Maybe they’ll all start their own blogs and then they can read each others blogs and feel like they’re making a difference ?

mdavt on April 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM

We can only hope.

skydaddy on April 30, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Who gives a crap about the staff writers?

It’s the editors that is important. Tell the staff STFU and write or go on unemployment.

patch on April 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

What call their Bluff? That would be a great reason to buy!

lilium479 on April 30, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Koch Companies Public Sector would not have done its due diligence if upon acquisition of the Times they didn’t FIRE half the staff.

de rigueur on April 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM

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.

no one seems worried about the stories the current ownership is killing. you know, hiding video of a certain presidential candidate at a fundraiser. because thats not news, who would be interested in that?

chasdal on April 30, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Memo to LA Times Staff…

Dear DemLibs;

Don’t let the door hit ya
Where the good Lord split ya.

AMF,

Da New Bosses

WestTexasBirdDog on April 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Half of staff may quit LA Times

Uh, wouldn’t that be a Good thing for the Kochs and the paper?

Come on – these dopes aren’t going to quit – seriously, there are no jobs in California – what else are they gonna do?

Pork-Chop on April 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

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

They say that as if it would be a bad thing.

Looks to me like a buyers bonus. No need to worry about cutting staff through lay-offs. Cheaper, too. Less paperwork. No severance buyout packages. No early retirement buyout packages.

farsighted on April 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Is this a threat or a promise? I’d have the staffers put it in writing.

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

They do indeed, assuming it hasn’t mysteriously vanished.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on April 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Would they be saying the same thing if George Soros was looking to buy the paper?

The dummies don’t realize their threats reveal their bias.

farsighted on April 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Yes, it’s in ruins, left with nothing but domination of the global entertainment and technology sectors. Better to stay in ‘bama.
bayam on April 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

I’m curious about the logic of this statement.
Do you really think a bunch of marginal “journalists” can get hired right away as computer programmers, engineers, actors or movie cameramen? Ok, I can see going from left-wing reporter to sitcom or late night talk show writer; perhaps photoagraphers can get hired as cameramen….
But do you really think anyone from a newspaper can do anything useful in a technology company?

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

So the question before the house is what happens to LAT corporation records and files. Should the Koch brothers succeed, will we finally see the Khalidi video?

herdgadfly on April 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Looks to me like a buyers bonus. No need to worry about cutting staff through lay-offs. Cheaper, too. Less paperwork. No severance buyout packages. No early retirement buyout packages.

farsighted on April 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

And – you don’t get unemployment compensation if you quit your job.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Well I am sure their progressive friends in the media will help them out if they walk out and give them a job, or maybe they can split their paychecks with them. I mean the progressives MSM tells us all the time how unselfish they are, how they hate free market capitalism because it is greed…you know helping the little guy, the struggling artist…journalist…

Right? :)

William Eaton on April 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

The LA times is finished. The middle class, English speaking people that used to buy and read the Times are largely gone, and the LA Unified school district hasn’t a clue as to how to teach people to read.

Kjeil on April 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Umm…er….what’s a newspaper?

GreenBlade on April 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

This means huge savings on severance plans! That makes the paper even more attractive to conservative buyers.

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Where’s the downside? The other half of the staff stays?

novaculus on April 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

LOL! Yep. My first thought was “SO?”, second “you promise?”.

It will just save them having to deal with buyouts, severances, etc. Like they really want to keep on the stiffs that ran it into the ground anyways.

Lates, babes. *smooch**smooch*

kim roy on April 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

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

We have FOX, why not LA KOX? Pronounced “lah” KOX acknowledging the large Hispanic population.

chickasaw42 on April 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Brothers Koch, please buy the paper. CA needs an education and they don’t get it from the LA Times.

If the lefties really will leave (which I doubt) then FINALLY, some neutral and conservative NEWS people can get a good job.

They may have to EARN a living instead of having “news” fed to them by a control-minded central source. What a novel approach to journalism.

This would be sweet.

MN J on April 30, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Haha, is that a threat or a promise? Though I’m sure when the time came to actually quit with the reality of leaving a coveted media job staring them in the face, they’ll suck it up and stay.

supernova on April 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Poor brayam-rich guys she doesn’t like coming to take a bite out of the left’s monopoly. Poor little shite.

CW on April 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

The staff of the LA Times quitting if the Koch brothers buy their paper is a feature, not a bug.

DRayRaven on April 30, 2013 at 6:08 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

If a buyout appears likely to go through to a conservative corporation, the REB would send the Secret Service in to clean them out first just like they ‘cleaned’ Man’s Country in Chicago.

He uses the Secret Service as his personal ‘cleaners’.

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Didn’t the LAT newsroom make a big stink about a certain Gov ‘Quitter’?

Oh, but it’s different when they quit!

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 6:11 PM

If I were the Koch’s, I would suspend the action until the other half quit. Then they have a chance to succeed.

Philly on April 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Commie journalists out of work? Now that’s a leading story.

RdLake on April 30, 2013 at 6:23 PM

So? What’s the bad news?

princetrumpet on April 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

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

You know how many kids fresh out of journalism school would jump at the chance for one of those jobs? And they would probably do the job for less than what some of the seasoned old-timers are paid.

Sounds like a win.

lynncgb on April 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Journalism 2.0

–bayam

tom daschle concerned on April 30, 2013 at 6:28 PM

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

Most would stay. They would just complain about it is all.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

If TJ Simers doesn’t quit, sack him anyway on principle.

jangle12 on April 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

This made me use my evil laugh.
WaPo and NyT next,

RovesChins on April 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

If I had the money, I’d buy ‘em out just to see who would quit.

Then I’d dissolve the company and sell off it’s assets.

GarandFan on April 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Why is it that independents and conservatives, about 75% of the country, grits their teeth and learns to live with a 95% liberal media. Most of our local newspapers do not represent the views of their readers, who ignore their editorials and “news items” to get to the sports, classifieds, funnies, crosswords and business sections? If we can do it, why cant the libruls in Kalifornica? We can even give them some tips on maintaining a sense of humor. Sorry~ libruls find no humor in anything unless it is a conservative getting cancer ar having a heart attack.

Old Country Boy on April 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

a huge loss of talented journalists

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
~BREATHE~
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

That was funny.

Badger40 on April 30, 2013 at 6:46 PM

They would never quit. They couldn’t find another job.

alanstern on April 30, 2013 at 6:47 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

If I had a dollar for every progressive newspaper in America that was so biased it qualified as propaganda, I’d buy your leftist state and start it over.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Hey, I can type. Hire me. I ain’t afraid to ask questions of ANY politician.

SouthernGent on April 30, 2013 at 6:49 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

Still waiting for that first nickel to hit you tin cup, eh?

Tell me, do you come with this stuff on your own?

98ZJUSMC on April 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I DON’T WANT A FREE EBOOK!

ctmom on April 30, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Small problem…….newspapers are dying.

Let them become, after the Federal bailouts, what they are already are. Just organs of the all powerful Progressive state.

PappyD61 on April 30, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Not one of those dopes will quit. Of course, it is LA and they all probably have a movie treatment in their knapsacks. Let’s hope the Koch’s start buying movie studios, too.

flyoverland on April 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM

If those who threatened to quit would actually do so, if and when the Koch brothers buy that rag, it would be the single most important step to bringing that paper back to something resembling objective reporting and make of the editorial section an interesting forum, rather than a post it board for progressives railing against the entire rest of the nation.

I’d be very interested in subscribing if that were indeed the case.

thatsafactjack on April 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM

popularize their outdated thinking by buying a newspaper…

bayam on April 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Liberty is outdated thinking?
I suppose to a communist like yourself it is.
Speaking of pieces of $hit, why is it you say such things & then never come back to reply & back up what you say?
How interesting.
ResistWeMuch has your a$$ in a sling. So I suppose it would be awkward for you to show your face again.
You, sir, or whatever you are, are what is wrong with this country.
You embody the evil that is Prrgressivism, right or left, which is actually nothing but communism in sheep’s clothing.

Badger40 on April 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Two birds one stone..let this happen!

celt on April 30, 2013 at 6:59 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

You mean like that progressive fossil, George Soros, and his attempts to popularize progressive/Marxist outdated thinking with his many purchases of media concerns…. and MEDIA MATTERS? Like that?

thatsafactjack on April 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Absolutely call their bluff! They’re not worth a damn anyway. There are so many journalists who would leap at the chance to work for the Times. I’m also glad that the Koch bros are interested in buying all the Tribune properties, not just the LAT.

cicerone on April 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM

There is one possible downside. Would you want to be constantly surrounded by a bunch of unemployed journalists at traffic intersections with signs reading, Will write liberal lies for food.

Kingfisher on April 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Let’s hope the Koch’s start buying movie studios, too.

flyoverland on April 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM

It would be very nice to see a good movie for once. I have given up mostly on the entertainment industry & have taken to just listening to music at home when I’m not outside, which is most of the time.
When you consider the fact that Hollywood has been steadily infiltrated by actual real communists since at LEAST the early 1930′s, you come to realize they have taken over all mdeia communications quite effectively.
Communists are patient creatures. There is always struggle & revolution. It’s never over for them.

Badger40 on April 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM

@allahpundit funny part of this story AP is Koch brothers are two of biggest donors to NPR and PBS. How has that impacted THAT programing?

— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) April 25, 2013

Watching Nova right now, a documentary on the development of life in Australia, 400m years ago. I’m sure there’s some kind of reich-wing propaganda in it.

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Kingfisher on April 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Don’t worry. They’d never do that. That would be inconvenient and damage their ego, too. They’ll draw unemployment for as long as possible, then go on the dole, and sit at home in their jammies or sweats writing rants on blogs. Its what they DO.

thatsafactjack on April 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM

If you want an objective paper, fine. That’s totally fine.

I just don’t see how having the Koch brothers accomplishes that.

Now you’re just biased in the opposite direction, which might be fun for you, but drop the whole white knight shit.

triple on April 30, 2013 at 7:05 PM

The Koch brothers should sit back and wait for the LAT to go TU and then buy them at a firesale price. Let’s see how the leftists in the newsroom enjoy unemployment. At the rate the left wing legacy media is dying, there’ll be a real ugly fight for the last remaining seats on the lifeboat before too long and I for one will have the popcorn ready.

jnelchef on April 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

BS..I’m in the newspaper business. We’ve cut staff to bare bones…

There’s nobody to cut from any newspaper…big or small…only essential staff remain

Redford on April 30, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Geez, do they even have enough people in LA that can read to worry about who writes the propaganda?

Don L on April 30, 2013 at 7:08 PM

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