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Stand Up and Fight Back!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
We need Alternative Media, Education, and Speaking Truth to Power
We have to stop the Kochs from taking over major American newspapers
The petition reads: The Koch Brothers intend to
turn the Tribune Company papers into a mouthpiece for their extremist,
right-wing agenda. We can't let the Kochs turn major American newspapers
into Fox News-like propaganda organs. Reject the Koch Brothers' offer
and preserve your papers' journalistic integrity.
Automatically add your name:
The infamous Koch brothers, who've spent millions on right-wing
political causes like climate change denial, voter disenfranchisement,
and union-busting, are now trying to buy eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Baltimore Sun.1
These anti-democratic billionaires have a plan to take over media
outlets to help spread the conservative message, and the Tribune
newspapers are their next targets.
The Kochs brothers are oil barons who have funded dozens of
right-wing organizations and think tanks while contributing over $10
million to conservative political candidates over the years.2
Thousands of people have already pledged to cancel their
subscriptions to these papers if the Kochs buy them, while almost half
the LA Times staff recently expressed that they would quit if the Kochs took over the paper.3
By purchasing the Tribune newspapers, the Kochs would have a direct
line of communication with millions of customers across the country. In
the same way Fox News uses editorial voices to spread misinformation
and right-wing propaganda, the Kochs will have the power to remake the
editorial staff of these papers and install people who will push
propaganda rather than pursuing journalism in the public interest.
This kind of takeover will have a devastating effect on the
reporting of important issues like climate change. The Koch brothers
have spent millions trying to deceive the public by funding climate
change deniers and organizations which spread misinformation. Imagine
what they could do with a chain of major American newspapers.
Progressive organizations, labor unions, and free press advocates
are coming together to fight the Kochs' attempt to take over these
papers. Protests have already happened in a number of cities, and more
are planned for the coming weeks.
We need to make sure that the decision-makers at the Tribune
Company understand the tremendous backlash that will happen if they sell
out to the Kochs.