Don't Let the Kochs Spoil the Party

This week the Tribune Company, which began in a one-room plant in Chicago and now has media outlets across the nation, turns 166.

Unfortunately, there are a few party crashers who are trying to spoil the fun.

Last week, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Charles Koch confirmed that he and his brother want to buy newspapers around the United States. Recent press reports indicate the Tribune Company's eight metro dailies are at the top of the Kochs’ list.

The Koch brothers are notorious for funding voter-suppression efforts and other extreme measures. They’re also known for attacking journalists they disagree with. They are not the kind of people who should be running our nation’s newspapers.

In an act of solidarity with Tribune journalists, Free Press sent birthday cakes on Tuesday to the newsrooms of the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Press, the Hartford Courant, the Los Angeles Times, the Morning Call, the Orlando Sentinel and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


We know food — especially the sugary variety — is always welcome in newsrooms, but our cakes also come with a message. We're asking the Tribune Company to turn down any offer the Koch brothers make. So far half a million people have urged Tribune to reject a Koch bid.

Our birthday wish is for the Tribune Company to find local buyers for their papers. We need owners who will invest in the kind of robust and uncompromising journalism communities need to stay informed.

In that spirit, we call on the Tribune Company to say yes to cake, and no to Koch.

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