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Berkshire Hathaway buys 63 newspapers [Obama Lover Buffett will Overtly control mass media]
Politico ^ | 5/17/12 | Dylam Byers

Posted on 05/17/2012 8:51:36 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has bought 63 newspapers from Media General for $142 million, the companies announced today.

Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary BH Media Group will now add daily and weekly titles in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama to the Omaha World-Herald Company newspapers it already owns. Those papers include the Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) and the Winston-Salem Journal (NC). Media General, which also owns 18 network-affiliated television stations, will hold its Tampa, Florida, newspapers.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; journalism; liberalism; media
No worries as I am sure the Obama super fan will not allow his political bias to influence his newspaper's coverage of the One....(cough cough)
1 posted on 05/17/2012 8:51:48 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

142 million is a small investment compared to the sweet deals the Kenyan Kommie can set Buffett up with.


2 posted on 05/17/2012 8:55:58 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SoFloFreeper

Buffett always talks about the absolute necessity of his investments having an “economic mote” ie) that thing which competitors couldn’t duplicate and the market would always need as there was no viable replacement.

Exactly how do dying newspapers fit that requirement???

For me, Buffett showed his “country cousin” routine to be a fraud when he “invested in” Goldman Sachs just before it was bailed out by TARP and the FED.


3 posted on 05/17/2012 9:03:46 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: SoFloFreeper
Stand by for the usual MSM caterwauling about "the concentration of media outlets under the control of a single corporate entity."

Oh, wait.

Buffett's a liberal. Never mind.

4 posted on 05/17/2012 9:06:16 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: PGR88

>> Exactly how do dying newspapers fit that requirement???

Factor in Buffett’s gray matter, which is also dying.


5 posted on 05/17/2012 9:14:49 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Somewhat related, Buffet is a big donor to the Gates foundation. Bill Gates is obsessed with population control and abortion. His father worked for planned parenthood.

Bill Gates Buys More News Coverage for His Seattle Foundation, Gives ABC $1.5 Million (2010)

6 posted on 05/17/2012 9:15:14 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: PGR88
Exactly how do dying newspapers fit that requirement???

No one can duplicate any bailout money that Buffet gets and channels to the liberal newspapers.

7 posted on 05/17/2012 9:16:42 AM PDT by JimWayne
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To: JimWayne

Newspapers are laying off staff, newsprint paper mills are closing.
Why buy into an industry like this ?


8 posted on 05/17/2012 9:19:38 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SoFloFreeper

What a waste of money but its liberal money so who cares? No one reads nespapers anymore anyway except for the adds, sports and comics.


9 posted on 05/17/2012 9:21:49 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: opentalk

Somewhat related, Buffet is a big donor to the Gates foundation. Bill Gates is obsessed with population control and abortion. His father worked for planned parenthood.


The Gates Foundation is also doing excellent work in the effort to eradicate polio worldwide, having donated hundreds of millions to the effort in recent years.


10 posted on 05/17/2012 9:23:55 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Because the liberals want to save the newspaper industry. What better way than the government handing over money to help Warren Buffet who in turn returns the favor by using a hundred million or two to shore up the newspaper industry which in turn will publish more leftist propaganda?


11 posted on 05/17/2012 9:31:37 AM PDT by JimWayne
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To: SoFloFreeper
This is a hoot..so they are "keeping the Tampa Trib.."

Let me translate..they couldn't GIVE it away...

Big rumor here is that the Trib folds at the end of the year..The want to let their reporters cover the RNC, and get the $$ from the Christmas ads..and then..they pull the plug..

The Bay area can't support TWO papers..so now we'll be stuck with the commie Tampa Bar Times...

12 posted on 05/17/2012 9:33:30 AM PDT by ken5050 (FRACK Obama!!!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Hmmm. Will the left now start whining about Buffett the way they continually whine about Rupert Murdoch? Methinks that’s not ruddy likely.


13 posted on 05/17/2012 9:37:16 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Why buy into an industry like this ?

I don't like the answers that I can find. Either Buffet expects to get more back in tax dollars than he spent for the companies, or he expects to use his control over information as a lever to obtain what he wants.

14 posted on 05/17/2012 9:42:56 AM PDT by Pollster1 (“A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.” - John Steinbeck)
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To: Beelzebubba
Bill Gates backs climate scientists lobbying for large-scale geoengineering

A small group of leading climate scientists, financially supported by billionaires including Bill Gates, are lobbying governments and international bodies to back experiments into manipulating the climate on a global scale to avoid catastrophic climate change.

The scientists, who advocate geoengineering methods such as spraying millions of tonnes of reflective particles of sulphur dioxide 30 miles above earth, argue that a "plan B" for climate change will be needed if the UN and politicians cannot agree to making the necessary cuts in greenhouse gases, and say the US government and others should pay for a major programme of international research.

Experts call WHO & Bill Gates Foundation's role in India's polio eradication .campaign unethical

...The authors noted that while India was polio-free in 2011, in the same year, there were 47500 cases of NPAFP. While data from India’s National Polio Surveillance Project showed NPAFP rate increased in proportion to the number of polio vaccine doses received

15 posted on 05/17/2012 10:02:35 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Nervous Tick

“Factor in Buffett’s gray matter, which is also dying.”

Indeed. Buffett is now simply another fool, you know the type: there’s no fool like an old fool.

The one-time genius investor has lost it. He’s still living in the era of iron-horses and rotary dial telephones, or perhaps he’s simply lapsed back into living in that era as his brain fails from old age.

Investing in newspapers is like investing in buggy-whip makers: “Wow, look how cheap they are! And small-town communities are still going to need buggy-whips, er, I mean newspapers!”

What Warren obviously fails to realize is that, with the advent of the Internet, there’s essentially no such thing as an isolated locality in terms of information access and exchange. As long as some form of high-speed Internet access is available, a person living in DipShite, Wyoming has the exact same access to information as someone living in NEW YORK CITY. There’s no such thing as local information anymore, and for that reason, local newspapers are hemorrhaging subscribers at the same rate as the big boys.

For some reason,m it seems to be the thing amongst the octogenarian billionaire set to buy up failing print-media outfits that everyone else knows are in their death throes: first Harmon buys Newsweek and now Buffet buys a slew of dying small-town newspapers. You’d think they might have learned something from Sam Zell’s misadventures.

My guess is that it’s really all about reliving their early youth when they yearned to be William Hearst. Sort of a “Rosebud” kind of thing.


16 posted on 05/17/2012 10:30:30 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: opentalk

http://www.solarnavigator.net/sponsorship/bill_melinda_gates_warren_buffett.htm

...the decision by Mr Buffett to hand most of his vast personal fortune to a foundation run by Mr Gates and his wife Melinda is unprecedented both in scale and ambition. It marked the latest chapter in America’s great philanthropic tradition which, for more than 150 years, has encouraged the country’s extremely wealthy to give money to the poor.


17 posted on 05/17/2012 10:35:27 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: SoFloFreeper
That averages to two and a quarter million per paper. Not screaming conspiracy here but if papers were still healthy you could only touch a few for that price. I'm saying that the leftist agenda papers have been selling more and more may have also had a hidden one causing what I believe are fire sale prices. There may have been a method to this madness all along. Would explain why we were always perplexed as to why their cure for declining readership and ad sales was always more liberalism. Was the fix in all along with a long term strategy to make these papers sell at discount rack prices?
18 posted on 05/17/2012 10:56:43 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: PGR88

“Buffett always talks about the absolute necessity of his investments having an “economic mote” ie) that thing which competitors couldn’t duplicate and the market would always need as there was no viable replacement.

Exactly how do dying newspapers fit that requirement???”

They don’t. The last thing Buffett would ever buy is this dying crap. Payoff to Obama, the evil SOB


19 posted on 05/17/2012 11:02:57 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Couldn’t Rush, Beck, et. al., buy some for the cause?

They might even make money as conservative papers.


20 posted on 05/17/2012 11:07:22 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (hViva Christo Rey!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
That's what we've been saying for years every time we see a paper go down in flames. Not specifically Beck or Rush doing it but not one has ever tried to go conservative as a solution to save themselves. Numbers that prove over and over that Fox News smokes it competition shows it can work.
21 posted on 05/17/2012 11:28:40 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

That’ll soon be 63 more papers we aren’t allowed to post from.


22 posted on 05/17/2012 11:41:38 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: PGR88
For me, Buffett showed his “country cousin” routine to be a fraud when he “invested in” Goldman Sachs just before it was bailed out by TARP and the FED.

Very well could have a 'newspaper bailout' coming up.

23 posted on 05/17/2012 12:50:55 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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