Newspaper guild: The LA Times must not be sold to the Koch brothers and their “harsh right-wing positions”; Update: LA Dems threaten Times investors over Koch sale

posted at 2:01 pm on May 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

I tweeted this link last night and John Ziegler replied, “Isn’t this guild statement the ultimate smoking gun of liberal media bias? Didn’t do same for David Geffen’s efforts to buy LAT”. Precisely my point in yesterday’s post. If the media was as neutral as they pretend to be for professional (and political) advantage, any bid from a strong partisan, whether left or right, should cause jitters about the newsroom becoming “unbalanced.” Where’s the hand-wringing over liberal ideologues buying up media?

Here’s the Guild statement in full, via Jim Romenesko. Note that there’s no hand-wringing over traditional union concerns like the Kochs cutting wages, layoffs, reducing hours, etc. The objection is purely political, fraudulently dressed up as concern that the chastity of our impartial media might — gasp — be violated by ideology. In terms of pure contempt for the reader’s intelligence, the boldface bit here is the rhetorical equivalent of a middle finger:

Recently you’ve seen many petitions asking that the Koch brothers not be allowed to buy the Tribune Company’s newspapers. We understand why the Kochs breed this distrust. They are active political proponents of harsh right-wing positions. We’re also not certain that Tribune will listen to anything but money when the final decision is made.

What we do know is that great papers publish credible, trusted journalism online and on the printed page. Whoever comes to own these mastheads needs to understand that protecting newsrooms from ideological taint is no small thing. The future of American journalism depends on the ability to print truth, not opinion.

We call on Tribune to make a pledge that they’ll only sell to a buyer that will protect the objectivity of the news product by making a public commitment to doing so. The Newspaper Guild-CWA and the Communications Workers of America seek your support in this goal.

Yesterday I wanted the Kochs to buy the paper to spite the bien-pensants there who can’t stop getting high on the “untainted” scent of their own partisan farts. Now I want someone like Soros to buy it so that we can grind their faces in this statement when the Guild inevitably issues no objection to that sale. Actually, though, this fits with the trend I wrote about recently vis-a-vis Gosnell of the media becoming more candid about its biases over time provided that it doesn’t have to correct those biases. Conservative media watchdogs gave them a choice: Go on calling yourself objective and be objective, or go on being biased and cop to the bias. The idea was that they’d be shamed into choosing door number one. Wrong. They’ve taken door number two — occasionally with a vengeance, per the Guild’s little broadside against the Kochs. You win, wingnuts. We’re biased. Now leave us alone.

But look on the bright side. If you’re a fan of partisan conservative media like talk radio or Fox News, big media’s insistence on remaining out-and-proud left is good news for you. It’s not good for the average voter (there’s a special irony in California’s flagship newspaper riding an ideological monopoly to ruin), but big media’s loss is alternative media’s gain.

Update: I dare them to do it. Just because I want to see what the inevitable First Amendment lawsuit looks like.

Three Los Angeles City Council members — including a candidate for mayor — asked their colleagues Tuesday to consider pulling city pension money from the investment firms that own the Los Angeles Times if they sell the publication to buyers who do not support “professional and objective journalism.”…

“Frankly what I hear about the Koch brothers, if it’s true, it’s the end of journalism,’’ said [Councilman Bill] Rosendahl, a former broadcaster. “I don’t want to see Los Angeles, the second-largest city and the biggest region in the nation, not to have a quality newspaper.”…

“We cannot support the sale of the Times to entities who Times readers would view as a political transaction first and foremost, turning L.A.’s metropolitan daily into an ideological mouthpiece whose commitment to empirical journalism would be unproven at best,” Rosendahl wrote in the motion. “A newspaper isn’t just a business it’s also a civic trust.”

It’s the end of journalism if the Kochs buy a newspaper, but not if city governments start threatening media companies financially for endorsing the wrong political views?

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WTF is the city of LA doing investing pension money in newspapers?

I mean, never mind the conflict of interest, it’s a horrible investment.

JEM on May 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

It possibly is the case that all these libtards don’t want the Kochs getting their hands on the Obama-Khalidi tape and post it on Youtube.

Doodad Pro on May 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

If I bought the paper…

I’d fire every single employee, then announce a replacement work force.

Wait for the picket lines to form, and then hire Spanish speaking staunch Catholic social conservatives and make it a Spanish language daily,… and oh.. at double the current salary, and with at least half Illegals.. er.. I mean undocumented democrats..

Then make popcorn as the proggs viciously attack the group they hoped to bury us with..

Hilarity will ensue..

Even if they try and make it about bias.. snort..

The Hispanics will just see it as democrats attacking Hispanics…

mark81150 on May 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

If I were the Koch brothers, I’d buy the paper and gut it down to the name. I mean, I wouldn’t keep any single person currently working there. From the highest position there to the lowest of the low positions, gone.

Meople on May 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Probably not a good idea–there may be some honest journalists in low positions eager to print some truth, but have been prevented from doing so by political “correctness” of the head honchos.

The Koch brothers should install their own editorial staff, and anyone who wants to leave is shown the door, and they can hire people interested in honest journalism. If a significant part of the Left Coast can read the truth for awhile, maybe a Republican could carry California in 2016. After all, Ronaldus Maximus was once Governor there!

Kudos to the Koch brothers for putting their money where their mouth is, and their mouth where their money is!

Steve Z on May 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Incredibly Attractive Think Progress Writer and Friend of Bill Ayers Busted for Fake Hate Crime

Resist We Much on May 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Incredibly attractive??

Perhaps. To another rabid wombat who was legally blind and hadn’t had any in months.

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

“Isn’t this guild statement the ultimate smoking gun of liberal media bias?”

i think as conservatives we need to stop talking in these terms, and instead, simply go forward with it as an accepted truth, ala the sky is blue and the sun rises in the east.

everytime we try to “make the case” we give subconscious credence to the idea that there is a case to be made on the other side.

truecon on May 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Playing Devil’s Advocate.

What good have talk radio and Fox News given us? I’d argue that the combination of both mediums, along with Big Media now acting out-and-out Socialist, have left us less and less informed than ever before. Plus I wouldn’t consider either medium to be reliable or honest, not anymore at least.

I just want to know what in the hell is going on for once in my life. That I have no option but to look at every single source with disdain and contempt – even Fox – is hardly what I consider to be good for society in general.

To turn Jon Stewart’s Crossfire-killing words against his choir, stop it. Stop hurting America, all of you.

Myron Falwell on May 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

OT/

. . . “That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and she’s gonna be a good Republican b—-.”

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2013/05/incredibly-attractive-think-progress.html

Resist We Much on May 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM

. . . You know, if there really is a clinical name for all that condensed crazy, I don’t want to know it. :) She wrote that threat herself, and that particular content was in her own mind. She didn’t write, “I’m going to harm you.” She had details.

Meh. Poor Manti Te’o. This is what he’s up against. We’re screwed. I mean, he’s screwed. I’m not screwed. I’m pathetic. He’s screwed though.

. . . I wonder if the Koch Brothers (BOO!<-like a ghost) have considered moving into online dating platforms . . .

/OT

Axe on May 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

The leftist dirtbags want hardball, give to them right between the eyes..

a hardball I mean..

They can buy their own ice packs..

“We cannot support the sale of the Times to entities who Times readers would view as a political transaction first and foremost, turning L.A.’s metropolitan daily into an ideological mouthpiece whose commitment to empirical journalism would be unproven at best,” Rosendahl wrote in the motion. “A newspaper isn’t just a business it’s also a civic trust.”

A little late don’t you think you toad..

A hardcore left wing bias is fine with you, it’s a move back towards an objective press which you really hate..

no more party press releases passed off as news..

and to a leftist, objective truth burns like acid.

mark81150 on May 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Incredibly attractive?? Perhaps. To another rabid wombat who was legally blind and hadn’t had any in months.

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Forgot the dripping-with-sarcasm tag. Sorry.

Axe on May 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

You’re not kidding. MentalMates.com

Resist We Much on May 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM

WTF is the city of LA doing investing pension money in newspapers?

I mean, never mind the conflict of interest, it’s a horrible investment.

JEM on May 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

We’re talking about the city of Los Angeles. The bar isn’t necessarily set that high.

Myron Falwell on May 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Can’t hide their stalinism can they?

tom daschle concerned on May 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Which is excellent. At least we can point to faces instead of masks, and can say “see?” instead of trying to convince people of what’s hiding behind them. Daylight is the good guys’ friend. Lately, a lot of masks seem to be coming off.

Axe on May 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Myron Falwell on May 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

It hasn’t left us less informed but it hasn’t helped the low info voters. Still, we are better with them than without them.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 3:59 PM

“Frankly what I hear about the Koch brothers, if it’s true, it’s the end of journalism,’’ said [some idiot LA politician].

What cracks me up is that they are making wild assumptions about how the Kochs would influence the paper. Unknown to libs — because they live in the “what I hear about the Koch brothers” echo chamber — is the fact that the Kochs actually aren’t the Republithugs that the Dems make them out to be. They lean Libertarian and support causes across a wide swath of the political spectrum.

KS Rex on May 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Golly gosh gee, why are these liberal progressive politicians and media representatives so darned afraid of a newspaper publishing the truth? Could it be they want to perpetuate leftist propaganda…..nah, couldn’t be.

NOMOBO on May 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Resist We Much on May 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM

so, to drum up a leftist frenzy, she threatens herself with fake con messages..

Nice..

and the left will forget she exists in 3.. 2.. 1..

But they’ll still keep saying the original threat was true,.. after all birds fly, and lefty lemmings gotta hate. If they don’t have a real boogeyman, they just create one out of incense smoke and voodoo dolls.

Would be martyrs have to have a villain.. Just the misfortune of sane people they picked us.

mark81150 on May 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

They wouldn’t be leftist scum if they weren’t whining or using hyperbole about something.

tyketto on May 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

May the ghost of Robert Rutherford “Colonel” McCormick rise again.

“The family knew I didn’t know anything about the newspaper business,” McCormick said, “but also they knew that I wasn’t a Socialist.”

But after returning from World War I with the rank of colonel, McCormick presided over a circulation increase that made the newspaper the largest in the Midwest and one of the most profitable in the country…

A champion of press freedom, he underwrote the cost of winning a landmark Supreme Court case that found a Minnesota gag law unconstitutional.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/chi-chicagodays-robertmccormick-story,0,7577524.story

Fallon on May 1, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Hah, eating their own

jake49 on May 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Have the “journalists” working there floated the idea of a federal government bailout in lieu of a takeover by the Nazi loving Krupps Kochs, so the Socialist-In-Chief can hand Tribune, Inc’s newspapers over to the Newspaper Guild-CWA and the Communications Workers of America? Just like he handed Government Motors over to the UAW?

At this point, it would not surprise me. Nothing would.

farsighted on May 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

farsighted on May 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

And,

. . You know, if there really is a clinical name for all that condensed crazy, I don’t want to know it. :) She wrote that threat herself, and that particular content was in her own mind. She didn’t write, “I’m going to harm you.” She had details…

Axe on May 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Not crazy nor complicated. It’s all a part of the plan.
“… 2. Of Means and Ends [Forget moral or ethical considerations]

“The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. … The real arena is corrupt and bloody.” p.24…”

http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/alinsky.htm

avagreen on May 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

It possibly is the case that all these libtards don’t want the Kochs getting their hands on the Obama-Khalidi tape and post it on Youtube.

Doodad Pro on May 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Bingo! But I suspect that tape will somehow magically be removed from the archives in any event.

can_con on May 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

It hasn’t left us less informed but it hasn’t helped the low info voters. Still, we are better with them than without them.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 3:59 PM

It is why I support the Koch’s bid. IMO, alternative media isn’t enough, not at this point at least.

Literally one needs to buy their way into the old guard and conduct change from within. And newspapers are an easy target. That the left is wailing about this news amuses me to no end.

But just imagine if someone like the Koch Brothers were to buy the NYT.

Myron Falwell on May 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

But just imagine if someone like the Koch Brothers were to buy the NYT.

Myron Falwell on May 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I think they would blow up the building before that happened. I hope this does happen, I keep thinking something will happen one day that will show the public that the Left’s narrative is Horse Hockey. You know the Kock Brothers will run it like a business that caters to everyone. For a change.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Update on ‘Incredibly Attractive’ Think Progress Writer:

The University of Wyoming also confirmed a statement that the police had “”obtained substantial evidence verifying that the offending Facebook post came from Lanker-Simons’ computer, while the computer was in her possession.”

According to a Facebook page that apparently belongs to Lanker-Simons she is a member of the University of Wyoming Gender & Women’s Studies group as well as the school’s chapter of The Nonviolent Communist.

Since police cited her, supporters have a constructed a Facebook page entitled “Meg Lanker-Simons is innocent.”

I want you to take a sec and a deep breath, then prepare to throw yourself down the wormhole as you wrap your mind around this:

“MEG LANKER-SIMONS IS INNOCENT we believe WHAT SHE DID WAS JUSTIFIED AND DESERVES NOT TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HER ACCUSATIONS we stand behind you sister,” reads that page’s description.

Reduced: ‘Yes, she did it, but she’s innocent because it was a justifiable faking of a hate crime and she doesn’t deserve to be held accountable because, well, she’s special. That’s why.’

Resist We Much on May 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

But just imagine if someone like the Koch Brothers were to buy the NYT.

Myron Falwell on May 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Better yet, one of the LSM TV broadcast networks… NBC, CBS, or ABC.

petefrt on May 1, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Yet the left doesn’t have an issue with a rich lefty buying up gun & hunting magazines and gutting them?

AH_C on May 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/alinsky.htm

avagreen on May 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

You know, I still haven’t read Rules.

/just-talking

Axe on May 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

“I don’t want to see Los Angeles, the second-largest city and the biggest region in the nation, not to have a quality newspaper.”…

You’re a little late, loser.

LASue on May 1, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Maybe someone already mentioned this – but what would this mean for the Obama-Khalidi video?

CycloneCDB on May 1, 2013 at 5:50 PM

MSM has bragged that they are able to swing 15% of voters to their candidates…personally, that’s about right, on the low side. If Democrats lose that 15+% then they lose most elections…even the ones for Dog Catcher.

Karmi on May 1, 2013 at 5:50 PM

“MEG LANKER-SIMONS IS INNOCENT we believe WHAT SHE DID WAS JUSTIFIED AND DESERVES NOT TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HER ACCUSATIONS we stand behind you sister,” reads that page’s description.

Resist We Much on May 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Also not wearing a mask. :) My emphasis. I hope people notice the new definition of innocence. — Also, aside, crazy apparently attracts crazy. This is good to know.

Axe on May 1, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Six to eight months ago the Dems buried a terrorist attack right before a Presedential election and on the anniversary of 9/11. A completely incurious MSM aided and abetted them.

Now the Dems regard it as old news that no one cares about and that no one wants to talk about.

Except that no one has heard a word from the survivors and they want to talk about it.

Meanwhile the Dems pull out the Alinsky playbook and start attacking the Congressman leading the investigation.

farsighted on May 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

i think as conservatives we need to stop talking in these terms, and instead, simply go forward with it as an accepted truth, ala the sky is blue and the sun rises in the east.

everytime we try to “make the case” we give subconscious credence to the idea that there is a case to be made on the other side.

truecon on May 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

EXACTLY! It’s bad enough that the leadership of the GOP hasn’t spent the past 30+ years making it their #1 priority to stem the tide of Liberals completely taking over the main institutions of our popular culture. It’s bad enough that they sit on the sidelines and let the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity do all the heavy lifting of exposing Liberal bias in the MSM, academia, and the entertainment industry, while they sit back and don’t get their fingernails dirty and say “thanks Sean for all that you do for our side”.

What’s even worse is when Conservative talk show hosts and Conservative bloggers treat Liberal bias like some kind of inside joke to chuckle over. The worst example of this was Obama’s disgusting “civility speech” after the Gabby Giffords shooting. Instead of the Conservative media raking him over the coals for exploiting a tragedy for political gain, and calling him out for setting things up in a way where his message would be interpreted as “sure both sides need to tone down the rhetoric, but (wink wink, nod nod) we know which side really needs to tone it down”, they resorted to their usual tongue in cheek sarcasm, and said things like “let’s see how long the Democrat’s civility lasts for”.

If the GOP leadership refuses to fight this fight, because they’re terrified of the very cultural institutions that are out to destroy them, the Conservative media needs to get a lot nastier and more direct when it comes to speaking about Liberal bias.

Even Rush Limbaugh is a disappointment in this regard. He goes out of his way to dissect Liberal bias, but then he resigns himself to the idea that this is the way it’s always been, and you’re a recent convert to Conservatism, because I’ve been dealing with this all my life, and I haven’t been able to change it, so don’t think you’re gonna change it. Then again, Rush poo pooed the idea of Conservative taking to the streets and protesting (prior to the rise of the Tea Party movmement) because he thinks street protestors ‘aren’t who we Conservatives are”.

ardenenoch on May 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Six to eight months ago the Dems buried a terrorist attack right before a Presedential election and on the anniversary of 9/11. A completely incurious MSM aided and abetted them.

Now the Dems regard it as old news that no one cares about and that no one wants to talk about.

Except that no one has heard a word from the survivors and they want to talk about it.

Meanwhile the Dems pull out the Alinsky playbook and start attacking the Congressman leading the investigation.

farsighted on May 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Ooops. Wrong thread.

farsighted on May 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Why would the Koch brothers want that rag?

Axion on May 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

In an attempt to inject some fact into the discussion, consider:

The Pew Research Center conducted a special study for this year’s edition of the State of the News Media that analyzes changes in the structure and makeup of television news. Following are the highlights of that report.

Cable: CNN is the only channel to offer more reporting (54%) than opinion (46%), though by a small margin. By far the highest percentage of opinion and commentary is on MSNBC (85% to 15% reporting). Fox was in between at 55% commentary and 45% reporting.

Pew considered “commentary” to be any segment with any third-party on to comment on the story so it’s a pretty broad net. Even if they have opposing views on, it still falls into the commentary category. But, the same criteria were applied to all so it’s a reasonable comparison.

IndieDogg on May 1, 2013 at 7:33 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 30 Apr

You know who else quit the LA Times? Half their subscribers.

davidk on May 1, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Why would the Koch brothers want that rag?

Axion on May 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

..because as soon as they buy it and burn the commie editorial staff to the ground and hire conservatives to write decent stuff, a bunch of us prisoners out here in the Peoples’ Republik of Kalifornia will subscribe to it and make its profits go through the roof!

Eat sierra-hotel-india-tango, NYT!

The War Planner on May 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

If the Koch Brothers buy the Times, they should aim for one thing.

Make the LAT a better paper than the New York Times. It can be done.

There are people out there who would kill to write for the LAT if it could be done right.

victor82 on May 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Terrified by the thought of one conservative paper.

How much influence they must think it wealds.

But then they tell us that the relentless push of homosexuality, and gun violence, by the entertainment industry has no effect on society!

papertiger on May 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I’d buy it, wait for all the pinheads to quit, then give giant raises to those who stayed.
 
“Geez too bad you people left, you had raises coming too.”
 
Bishop on May 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

 
Before negotiations ended release an unofficial statement that everyone who stays on will split the salaries and benefits of those who leave.
 
They’d be burning signal fires and passing around a conch shell before the end of the week.

rogerb on May 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

“Frankly what I hear about the Koch brothers, if it’s true, it’s the end of journalism,’’ said [Councilman Bill] Rosendahl, a former broadcaster. “I don’t want to see Los Angeles, the second-largest city and the biggest region in the nation, not to have a quality newspaper.”

I almost don’t know where to start….

>“Frankly what I hear about the Koch brothers, if it’s true,

So, haven’t done enough investigation/reading/listening to discern the truth, but ready to offer an opinion anyway? Check!

it’s the end of journalism,

Hyperbole, much? Dogs and Cats, living together, mass hysteria!

“I don’t want to see Los Angeles, the second-largest city and the biggest region in the nation, not to have a quality newspaper.”

Really poorly structured sentence.

[Councilman Bill] Rosendahl, a former broadcaster.

From his writing, I’ll assume he wasn’t good at his previous job, and extrapolate that he’s not very good at his current job, either.

massrighty on May 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

“Frankly what I hear about the Koch brothers, if it’s true, it’s the end of journalism,’’ said [Councilman Bill] Rosendahl, a former broadcaster…….“We cannot support the sale of the Times to entities who Times readers would view as a political transaction first and foremost, turning L.A.’s metropolitan daily into an ideological mouthpiece whose commitment to empirical journalism would be unproven at best,”

A “former broadcaster” who is now a “politician” is worried about political bias in news. Got it!

Dollayo on May 1, 2013 at 11:18 PM

What’s funny, is none of this is about getting the Koch’s to back out, but to force the current owners to maintain status quo.

Which means the paper will eventually go bankrupt as current ownership cannot maintain the costs, sinking the pensions with it.

This is going to be just like the sale of the Kings.

Entrenched people will demand current ownership take the hit while politicians try and enforce protectionism.

Current ownership will try and find local suitors who will do the buy out of philianthropic feelings, but will eventually balk once they see the long-term projections.

Nothing changes. Then everyone will enter bankruptcy protection in about three years.

I really do hope Cali files for Bankruptcy before Obama leaves office.

I want to see him plead with Republicans to bailout a state that has total disdain for everyone else.

budfox on May 1, 2013 at 11:42 PM

No wonder Dems hate God, who reminds us that the truth will set us free, while they intend to prevent it being heard or told, that they may enslave our very souls in their “ism” de jour.

Don L on May 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I get the LA Times. Half the time you can’t find a single article that’s worth reading. It is full of liberal drivel and they don’t hide it. To accuse the Koch bros. of being biased is complete hypocrisy by anyone associated with LAT.

As for the city council, they have to be a little worried. If we actually had a news organization that revealed how inept and ineffective our city government is, they could wind up finding themselves in the unemployment line… along with roughly 3 million other Californians.

I hope the Koch bros are successful. Could really use a different point of view in the press here.

jmalmberg on May 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Reminds me of when Rush Limbaugh was stopped from investing in a football team ownership. They succeeded that time, and might this time, but it’s entertaining to watch them get all excited while spending time and money making threats. Thank you, Koch Brothers.

lea on May 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

What has happened to “free enterprise”!!!! If the Dems don’t like it, let THEM buy the paper.

phoebe1 on May 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

AP,

. . .
Yesterday I wanted the Kochs to buy the paper to spite the bien-pensants there who can’t stop getting high on the “untainted” scent of their own partisan farts.
. . . .

Question: Was your bizarre insertion of a “pet” French idiom in the cited phrase not an arrogantly impudent action, given the notable and justifiable attention to a grave discussion concerning the future of journalism?

Trochilus on May 2, 2013 at 3:58 PM

The IGNORANT ASSES that infest the LA city government is quite telling.

Do these clowns know the difference between a private company possibly buying a business and the jack booted FASCIST threats they are making using the power of the government?

Those LA city councilmen should ALL be removed from office as they are NOT interested in enforcing the US Constitution as they SWORE they would when they took those jobs!

Freddy on May 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I agree with Rush Limbaugh when he suggested that if the Koch brothers do purchase the LA Times, that prior to finalizing the deal they should get all resignations in writing and then make sure after the deal is done that all the resignations take place ASAP!!

Delsa on May 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

BOYTCOTT and
stop your subscription to the LA Times and other left wing media products (NYT, WaPo, Newsweek – wait — it’s bankrupt, Time — wait, it’s moribund, NPR -defund it, PBS – defund it, NBC, MSNBC — bless them — no one watches them, HBO – one of the worst)

the answer is clear. may the Koch brothers buy the LA Times and turn it around.

wholefoodsrepublican on May 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

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