Do Not Sell Popular News Publications To Extreme Right-Wing Billionaires

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Target: Tribune Chairman, Bruce Karsh

Goal: Stop the sale of the Tribune Company to the Koch brothers

Reports are mounting that the infamous Koch brothers, the billionaire businessmen who run Koch Industries, are plotting to purchase the Tribune Company, a large news publication organization that owns many well-known news publications. The Koch brothers are notorious for using their money and corporate sway to support extreme right-wing policies. If they purchase these papers, then the papers could become a platform to influence information the public has access to.  Do not sell the Tribune Company to the Koch brothers.

The Tribune Company includes eight regional newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Orlando Sentinel and The Hartford Courant, and the reach of their influence is huge. The Los Angeles Times is the fourth-largest paper in the country, and The Tribune is number 9. The Orlando Sentinel and The Sun Sentinel are the two largest papers in Florida. The deal could also include Hoy, the second-largest Spanish-language daily newspaper.

The papers are valued at $623 million, and it is believed that the Koch brothers, with annual revenue of about $115 billion, are the only group prepared to buy all eight Tribune papers. Readers are not taking this affront to free journalism lightly. Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, readers have promised to unsubscribe if this deal goes through. Half of the Los Angeles Times staff indicated they would quit if the Koch Brothers bought the paper. A group of activists proposed a “People’s Takeover” of the media organization and have launched an online fundraiser campaign to raise the $660 million to do so. The Tribune Company cannot be permitted to sell out journalism by selling these papers to the Koch brothers.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Tribune Chairman Bruce Karsh,

Koch Industries, the giant private company owned by right wing fundamentalists, the Koch Brothers, is exploring a bid to buy the Tribune Company. This includes several of the nation’s largest and most important news publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the fourth-largest paper in the country, the Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Orlando Sentinel and The Hartford Courant. The deal could also include Hoy, the second-largest Spanish-language daily newspaper.  This deal threatens free journalism and by buying these papers, they will become a platform to further the Koch brothers’ influence. The Tribune Company must defend free journalism and refuse to sell to the Koch brothers.

Readers are not sitting back and allowing this affront to free journalism to occur. Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune readers have promised to unsubscribe if this deal goes through. Half of the Los Angeles Times staff indicated they would quit if the Koch Brothers bought the paper. A group of activists proposed a “People’s Takeover” of the media organization and have launched an online fundraiser campaign to raise the $660 million to do so. The Tribune Company cannot be permitted to sell out journalism by selling these papers to the Koch brothers.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Julian-Osley

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