Zell Admits Tribune Deal A Mistake, Still A Delusional Ass

12zelloops.jpgIn an interview with Bloomburg Television, Sam Zell showed a glimmer of humility by acknowledging that his acquisition of the Tribune Co. wasn’t his best move. As reported by the Chicago Tribune:

“By definition, if you bought something and it’s now worth a great deal less, you made a mistake and I’m more than willing to say I made a mistake,” Zell said. “I was too optimistic in terms of the newspaper’s ability to preserve its position.”

Yep. Then he lost us:

Asked how he hopes his management of Tribune Co. will be viewed in two years, Zell said, “I think they’re going to recognize that by filing for bankruptcy in December and being the first one, we also were able to stop the bleeding and preserve a great company.”

Maybe by “preserve” he meant “dismantle as fast as we could”?

Found via Romanesko