Brooklyn-born Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is one of my heroes in the political world, where giants are few and far between.
His December 2010 eight-hour 27-minute filibuster against president Obama’s cave-in on extension of the Bush tax cuts ranks as one of the Senate’s finest moments.
That said, Sanders is laying an egg in opposing the sale of the Tribune Co.'s newspaper group (Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, Baltimore Sun and a collection of weeklies) based on purely political grounds. [At least, opposition to Rupert Murdoch’s play for the LA Times is centered on still-existing cross-ownership rules.]
Since when is a political litmus test required for a potential owner of a newspaper? Sanders raps the Koch Brothers, which control major energy holdings, for spreading misinformation about global warming, which he calls a growing crisis for our planet.
Bernie’s right. But that doesn’t preclude the Koch Brothers, Fox News or any media outlet from peddling such nonsense.
Truth ultimately prevails. If a Koch media empire continued to wholeheartedly endorse the view of a handful of climate skeptics, it would descend into the official organ of the black helicopter crowd.
It’s doubtful the good people of Los Angeles, Chicago or Baltimore would support such drivel? There’s a broad range of “real world” print/online/social media options to the Koch papers.
Tribune Co, which is trying to right itself as a TV-based media combine following the chaos of Sam Zell, has an obligation to get the best financial return on its investment in newspapers.
If the right-wing Koch Brothers offer the best deal, so be it. If somebody like left-wing lion George Soros emerges as a potential buyer, so be it. All is fair in newspaper ownership.