Rendell: I still want Philly’s newspapers

On Saturday, blogger Laura Goldman reported that she “just ran into former Governor Ed Rendell on Locust St near 15th [and] he said, ‘I don’t think that we will buying.'” Goldman wrote:

His thin skinned buyers group probably could not take the negative publicity on their bid from Buzz Bissinger, the New York Times, and others. Bissinger, who compared Rendell to Randolph Hearst, worried about the journalistic conflicts of interest with such an investor group.

But Rendell tells the Inquirer that his group is still negotiating for the papers and; its offer, he says, is a civic gesture to save the papers. “You’d think this was the first time some political people owned a newspaper,” he says. “People are shocked that we would take over a newspaper and maybe have editorial input.”

* Rendell says bid for papers still on
* Bissinger: Philadelphia newspapers are a target
* Earlier: Rendell not buying Inquirer and Daily News
* Philly journalists sign statement about news integrity