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Journalists Debate Impact of Potential Koch Takeover of Tribune Newspapers


What would happen if David and Charles Koch, the conservative billionaire brothers, bought the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and other leading newspapers from the Tribune Company?

Concerned about the likelihood of the Kochs purchasing some of the largest and most influential newspapers in the nation from the financially troubled Tribune Co., the Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America organized a very spirited debate at the National Press Club in Washington Wednesday, June 26.

“The fear is that the Kochs are motivated to use the newspapers to further their overt conservative agenda. Credible news will suffer. This is of special concern as virtually every city in America, with just a handful of exceptions, is now a one-newspaper town,” Guild President Bernie Lunzer said in a statement at the event, attended by about 60 journalists, Guild members and members of the public...

RELATED: http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/06/the-newsonomics-of-the-kochs-the-impact-on-the-l-a-news-landscape/