Recently I posted an optimistic article on non-Jewish media and would-be media owners. A centerpiece was that the Koch brothers, while far from ideal for those advocating White interests, were serious about buying the Los Angeles Times and several other high-profile newspapers (“Non-Jewish media owners: Hope for the future“). No surprise that the Koch brothers bid is getting quite a bit of opposition from the left, described in prominent articles in both the LA Times and the New York Times. The opposition is coming from public employee unions, from liberals in the California State Legislature, and a well-funded activist organization.
A letter from the unions to Bruce Karsh, the president of the company that is the largest present shareholder, stated that the Koch brothers were “”anti-labor, anti-environment, anti-public education and anti-immigrant.” As noted in the above article, there is no evidence that the Koch brothers are anti-immigrant, and aren’t all these issues open to more than one point of view?
Darrell Steinberg, President Pro Tem of the California State Senate said, “I believe newspapers are a public trust. The Los Angeles Times has a long and respected tradition of community leadership and impartiality. The Koch brothers have a long and demonstrated history of a rigid political ideology.”
For anyone familiar with the LATimes, calling it impartial is ridiculous. It would be more accurate to label it far left, most notably for being completely on board with open borders, amnesty, and citizenship for anyone who wants to come to America.
The argument of the unions is just as far-fetched. Since they are public employee unions, none of their members would ever work for the LATimes. But public employee pension deals are well-known to be the major cause of California’s dire fiscal situation and these unions are very generous with political donations to all levels of California politics, so it’s nice to have liberals in charge of the media. The unions have threatened to remove pension funds from the financial management company that now owns the Times.
And of course there’s an activist movement called Courage Campaign headed by Rick Jacobs that takes out ads urging subscribers to cancel subscriptions.
But the good news is that there would likely be legal issues if a public company took a lower bid, since it would not be in the shareholders’ interests.
The bottom line is that the liberal bias of the media is far from an accident. Notice that there is no campaign against Rupert Murdoch, who is seen as a conservative and has also been mentioned as a possible buyer. Murdoch’s views on immigration and Israel apparently make him entirely acceptable to liberals. And rest assured that the bid from Eli Broad and Ron Burkle will not run into any problems at all from the activists.