The Koch Brothers Plan To Overthrow The Liberal Media
The phrase “liberal media” derives from the undeniable fact that most major newspapers and TV networks are run by democrats who use these outlets to propagate liberal ideals while defacing conservative values. Though there are a few very popular Republican media sources (FOX news, The New York Post), the liberal media is unquestionably the more dominant force.
A great deal of our newspapers and TV news networks filter their reports to make democrats look like selfless superheroes and republicans look like demented lunatics. It’s hard to deny the idea that President Obama would not have the level of support he has today if it weren’t for media juggernauts like MSNBC and The New York Times repeatedly advertising him as a righteous saint to those in need.
And that’s the way it’s always been. The overwhelming liberal media has the privilege of reaching and influencing a much more mainstream audience, while the Republican media is only sought out by those who despise the other sources for the left-leaning material.
But the reign of the liberal media currently faces an imposing threat in the form of the two-headed financial juggernaut known as the Koch brothers. David and Charles Koch have more money than God and they contribute a huge amount of it to conservative, libertarian and free-market politicians and organizations.
They are the owners of the second largest privately-owned company on earth and because of all the money they donate to those who support their views, they basically own the entire energy industry and every Republican presidential candidate as well. These guys go to great lengths to get people on their side and because of all the money they offer in return, they usually succeed.
Their next business venture? Overthrowing the liberal media. The Koch brothers are currently looking to purchase the Tribune newspaper group.
One of the biggest media groups in the country, the Tribune owns eight major publications across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Allentown Daily Call, the Chicago Tribune, the Orlando Sentinel, the Baltimore Sun, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Hartford Courant, the Daily Press of Hampton Roads, Virginia and Hoy, America’s second-largest Spanish-language paper.
The papers are valued together at roughly $623 million, making this purchase one of the largest sales of newspapers in history. The Koch’s are looking to offer over $1 billion to secure their status as the highest-bidder.
Most of these publications bash Republican political efforts on a regular basis. One immediate headline on the website for the Los Angeles Times (which caters to the liberal haven that is California) reads “Ridiculous Republican rhetoric undermines Benghazi probe.” The Los Angeles Times is California’s most popular and widely circulated paper, and if the Koch brothers get their way, they will embark on a quest to reverse the views of easily the biggest and most dedicated liberal base on Earth.
California first got word of the plan about two months ago thanks to a report from L.A. Weekly. This inspired liberal website Daily Kos and liberal advocacy group Courage Campaign to start a petition against the purchase. They have since collected thousands of signatures against the deal, many of which were given by people who are willing to cancel their subscription to the Los Angeles Times if the Koch brothers buy the control of its content.
And the staff of the Los Angeles Times isn’t too happy about this prospective purchase either. When news of the Koch’s interest in their paper reached the office, columnist Steve Lopez asked his colleagues for a show of hands as to how many of them would seriously quit their jobs if the Koch’s bought the paper.
According to a report from The Huffington Post, “About half the staff raised their hands.”
It would actually be quite amusing to see how the Koch’s would alter the content of Hoy to convince the largely-liberal Hispanic population of this country that the politicians who think that immigrants and their children shouldn’t have the same rights as American citizens are really the good guys.
Conservative journalists would of course welcome the resignation of liberal journalists in addition to the Koch’s influence on content. Cal Thomas of the Chicago Tribune recently wrote a piece reacting to the exciting possibility of the Koch brothers taking over and seeing liberal journalists quit their jobs as a result.
He even alludes to the idea that part of the reason the newspapers aren’t doing as well as they used to is because so many people are turned off by their blatantly liberal biases. Thomas claims that the Koch brothers will remove the papers’ liberal screen so the news can be reported truthfully and without bias.
But considering what the Koch’s have done to every industry they assume control over, it’s difficult to believe that the newspapers they would own would suddenly produce unbiased reports. The Koch’s business wouldn’t be anywhere near as successful as it is today if an overwhelming majority of this country believed in global warming, saving the environment and government regulations to limit what private companies can do with their money.
They make a living out of shifting the public’s values away from these principles and as long as they want to keep making obscene amounts of money, that’s just what they’ll to do with the pages of the eight major publications they will soon own.