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The Koch brothers’ media investment: They are rumored to want the Tribune chain.
The Columbia Journalism Review ^ | April 2, 2013 | Sasha Chavkin

Posted on 04/02/2013 1:59:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Tribune Company’s moves to sell its newspapers—a string that includes the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune—has reportedly sparked the interest of a number of heavyweight financiers. These include familiar media moguls like Warren Buffett and Rupert Murdoch. But heads turned when another pair of possible bidders emerged early in March: the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.

The Koch brothers, of course, are best known for funding conservative causes and conservative politicians. Unlike Buffett, who has purchased 63 newspapers in the last 15 months, and Murdoch, whose News Corp. owns The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post among many others in Britain and Australia, the brothers don’t have much of a track record of media ownership.

As news of their interest in the Tribune newspapers spread, Koch Companies spokeswoman Missy Cohlmia declined as a matter of policy to confirm or deny a bid. At the same time, though, she sought to dispel concerns that the Koch brothers would seek to transform Tribune newspapers into an arm of the broad network of conservative opinion and policy shops whose activities they underwrite. “We respect the independence of the journalistic institutions referenced in today’s news stories,” Cohlmia said in a brief statement to CJR.

That didn’t stop some observers from worrying out loud, particularly on the left, about the political orientation of those papers, particularly their editorial pages. “You thought Rupert Murdoch was bad? Just wait till you meet the Kochtopus,” wrote J. Gibson on Daily Kos. In fact, there are no apples-to-apples comparisons to help predict whether the Koch brothers would insist on editorial pages at Tribune papers that match their views. Mainstream media outlets tend to have their own news cultures, and can be slow to change their spots. Anyway, the Koch brothers don’t own any....

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 5minutesofhate; collusion; dnctalkingpoints; journolists; koch; kochbrothers; media; newspapers; rupertmurdoch

1 posted on 04/02/2013 1:59:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Meanwhile the Left is not suspicious of Al Jazeera’s ties or motives.


2 posted on 04/02/2013 2:02:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

i wonder why the liberal media isn’t up in arms about the billionaire warren buffet buying up 63 papers in the last 15 months.


3 posted on 04/02/2013 2:02:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That didn’t stop some observers from worrying out loud, particularly on the left, about the political orientation of those papers, particularly their editorial pages.

I worry out loud about the death-grip the far left has on the MSM and pretty much every other institution in this land, and nobody gives a tinker's damn. The Columbia Journalism Review certainly hasn't contacted me about my concerns.

4 posted on 04/02/2013 2:03:08 PM 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: a fool in paradise

The Koch brothers do whatever it is that benefits the Koch brothers. They helped start the Democratic Leadership Council (which in turn gave Billy-boy his start).


5 posted on 04/02/2013 2:05:00 PM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: a fool in paradise

Nor the the Democrat pol’s purchase of the Philly Inquirer.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/04/nj_democratic_boss_norcross_ta.html

N.J. Democratic boss Norcross agrees to buy Philadelphia newspapers


6 posted on 04/02/2013 2:05:03 PM PDT by abb
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The left-wing pantywaists have/had their views FOISTED on the rest of America for 50+ years and NOW they want to complain about possible bias in the media. God knows it isn’t enough that they get to brainwash children in schools, students in colleges and on PBS, NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN....


7 posted on 04/02/2013 2:11:21 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

GEES I’d LOVE it if they’d go to KICKSTART It’d be great to sit back and watch real Americans buy in by the ton....


8 posted on 04/02/2013 2:12:30 PM PDT by jimsin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope the Koch’s fire every one of the leftists. I don’t care if they replace them with conservatives — just as long as they hire people that aren’t cheerleaders for the left.


9 posted on 04/02/2013 2:14:12 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: justlurking

I think the ultimate damage by the Koch Brothers...is if they start forcing their own papers to really cover the local town and state politics. Some folks might be shocked that they actually have corruption in Chicago, California or LA. This is the one thing that none of the networks will go after....corrupted political figures.


10 posted on 04/02/2013 2:24:20 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice
Not true that the Kochs have no connection to newspapering. Their grandfather was a newspaper man. His son, Fred, was a chemical engineer who had several inventions related to making more gasoline from crude oil.
Fred Koch was co-founder of the John Birch Society.
11 posted on 04/02/2013 2:31:26 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: BikerJoe

Uh, the left hates the DLC almost as much as they hate the Koch brothers.


12 posted on 04/02/2013 2:34:26 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

DISCLAIMER: I work for Charles Koch.
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I certainly don’t claim to know everything that he knows,
but I struggle to understand how owning a chain of newspapers
creates any long term value.


13 posted on 04/02/2013 2:35:11 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: BikerJoe

Yep. 86 billion, and I see no proof that they are helping us. Not impressed.


14 posted on 04/02/2013 2:46:02 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Repeal The 17th

Maybe by operating part of a system (the media) that helps tell the rest of the world what is actually taking place, and reporting those facts, this purchase might the best investment they’ve ever made.

If Free Enterprise dies, everything else they own goes to zero. And the death of that system is the goal of those in power right now.

Including the MSM.


16 posted on 04/02/2013 2:48:34 PM PDT by abb
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To: pepsionice

The networks are part of it. Ever check how much advertising government buys in the media?


17 posted on 04/02/2013 2:49:42 PM PDT by abb
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To: Repeal The 17th

This is good enough reason for me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_G._Koch

Charles Koch looks upon the Tea Party movement favorably. “The way it’s grown, the passion, and the intensity, was beyond what I had anticipated,” he told an interviewer.[19] He’s funded groups opposed to the Barack Obama’s administration.[33]


18 posted on 04/02/2013 2:49:45 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“We respect the independence of the journalistic institutions referenced in today’s news stories,”

So do I. But, if I were one of the Koch brothers, I'd still take a hatchet to those who have cozied up to socialists and shown absolutely no interest in being independent in the past.

19 posted on 04/02/2013 3:09:03 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Fire the socialists and replace them with conservatives.

Sweet REVENGE.


20 posted on 04/02/2013 3:20:42 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wait a minute I thought Rupert Murdoch going buy my hometown papers LA Liars now Koch family??

I am confused LOL!


21 posted on 04/02/2013 3:30:17 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It would seem the liberals who own media are willing let these papers go as they move to the Internet. It would be great if all papers became conservative - then we could listen to the left complain about this while the conservative message is put across.


22 posted on 04/02/2013 3:31:06 PM PDT by Jumper
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To: a fool in paradise

Or RT either.


23 posted on 04/02/2013 3:31:51 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can always tell who the stupid, the technology challenged and the low information voters are.

They’re the ones who go out in the morning to grab the dirty waded up roll of paper, with day old news off their driveways every morning.


24 posted on 04/02/2013 3:31:52 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ha! Can’t wait for the leftards at the Orlando and Ft Lauderdale papers to get a gutfull of the Koch brothers. I might even have to subscribe again....


25 posted on 04/02/2013 3:36:03 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does anyone think these papers would become less liberal if they get bought?


26 posted on 04/02/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Jumper
It would seem the liberals who own media are willing let these papers go as they move to the Internet. It would be great if all papers became conservative - then we could listen to the left complain about this while the conservative message is put across.

Obama's pastor's Easter message was stop trying to live in the past. The Left will just have to accept CHANGE as print journalism bounces back to the right a bit.

27 posted on 04/02/2013 3:52:01 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I used to be really keen on the Koch brothers. Then I found out they believe sodomites ought to be “married”...


28 posted on 04/02/2013 5:21:11 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The left should be estatic if the Koch brothers lose a fortune on the acquisition of these papers.


29 posted on 04/02/2013 6:11:10 PM PDT by VA Voter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We need to organize demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns in support of the Koch brothers.


30 posted on 05/28/2013 3:37:41 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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