Boy oh boy those progressives sure like to throw away money, but sometimes its really nice to see them wasting their money instead of the tax payers hard earned cash. Specifically two progressive groups (Courage Campaign Institute and Forecast the Facts) will be running ads on the Web sites of the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times (for readers in the LA area) to protest the possibility of the Koch brothers purchasing the LA Times.
The ad shows the Koch brothers, Charles and David, alongside Tribune chairman Bruce Karsh and Oaktree Capital chairman Howard Marks, manipulating the LAT on puppet strings, with the headline “Save the Newspaper!”
The ad encourages readers to sign an online pledge to stop reading and subscribing to the newspaper if Tribune sells it to the Koch brothers.
Courage Campaign Institute is a LBGT advocacy group and Forecast the Facts is a proponent of the Global Warming Hoax. The groups saythey oppose the Koch brothers’ bid because they fear the Koch brothers will use the LAT as a platform for their conservative agenda.
CCI founder and chair Rick Jacobs stated: “The Koch brothers want to buy the biggest paper in California and the fourth largest in the nation so they can set the debate, not cover it.”
Previously, the same groups delivered a petition signed by 250,000 people opposing the potential sale to the Koch brothers to the LAT headquarters.
However, these protests — along with demands that Advance sell the
newspaper to another publisher that would commit to continuing daily
publication — were rebuffed.
The Koch brothers are large donors to conservative causes and think tanks, and they may very well change the LAT from a paper that advocates the progressive agenda to one that advocates a right of center agenda (a right of center newspaper would be a novel experience for this country as most of the mainstream media tilts toward the left).
But let these folks raise more money for more ads–they won’t work but every dollar they spend on this effort is one less dollar spend on something they may be able to influence.