You may not be familiar with the name Cal Thomas (pictured), but the reach of this political columnist is astounding. He is syndicated in more than 500 newspapers across the U.S., including the Chicago Tribune, where – comically? ironically? fittingly? – his op ed for Koch brothers LA Times ownership appears.
Thomas picks up on the Huffington Post article everyone did recently, which reported that when columnist Steve Lopez asked for a show of hands at an awards banquet from paper employees who would quit under the Koch’s, roughly half those in attendance indicated they would. Or, as this columnist sees it, a perfect new beginning:
That should make things easier for the Kochs. They can start by replacing liberal quitters and others whose ideology has turned off conservative readers. They could hire reporters and editors who will try to win back readers and advertisers by providing the type of ideologically balanced coverage they seek.
There are many good unemployed and underpaid journalists who could report the news fairly and without bias. They might leap at the chance to work for a paper whose owners would make a strong financial commitment. Why do liberals consider themselves uniquely objective, when numerous surveys have shown the opposite to be true and much of the public doesn’t buy it?
Thomas ends with his “Would Things Go Better with Koch?” article with the view that it “can’t get much worse for newspapers.” He’s generally rigght about that. As we’ve noted before, the most relevant local model with regards to what a Koch-controlled LA Times might look like can be found down in San Diego. Read Thomas’ full column here.
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