Tell the Tribune - No Koch News!
The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers are not satisfied with buying our elected officials: now they want to buy the media, too.
The Tribune Company is selling eight daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune,South Florida Sun Sentinel, as well as papers in electoral battleground states -- and Koch Industries might be the buyer.
Nationally, the Kochs pledged $400 million for the 2012 elections. In 2010, the Koch brothers gave $1 million to rollback emission controls in California, and a Koch-connected nonprofit funnelled $11 million towards two statewide propositions in 2012. Would the Los Angeles Times cover these stories if the Kochs bought the newspaper? Or would it become a mouthpiece for the Koch agenda?
We don’t need more corporate control of our media – particularly from the Koch brothers, who have a proven track record of using their business ventures to advance an extreme ideological agenda.