Conservatives may buy some big U.S. newspapers

By Christopher B. Daly 

The wonder is that they have not done this already.

According to today’s Times, the Koch brothers are thinking about making a bid to buy the ailing Tribune company, which would give the billionaires ownership of the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and the Hartford Courant. (It should be noted that for most of their existences, the LAT and the Tribune had editorial views that the Koch brothers would have envied.)

This sounds like a page from the Murdoch playbook: buy prominent American newspapers and use them to advance conservative views. Nothing could be simpler, really, and many conservatives founded U.S. newspapers to do just that.

I would be a little more concerned if they were buying up digital media properties with growing circulations, ad revenues, and staffs.

Shhh: don’t tell the Kochs!

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