Here’s what a journalist who has worked at the Baltimore Sun for more than two decades says about the possibility of the Koch brothers owning Tribune’s newspapers:
It would be nice for the House of Horrors ride to stop.
We went from Otis Chandler to cereal killer Mark Willis to Dennis Fitzsimons (who stuffed his pockets with cash on the way out) to lunatic Sam Zell and his Joy Boys of Radio to an entertainment guru who knows nothing of our business and says he doesn’t really care who he sells us to as long as he gets a good price.
The staff has been told that the Sun is turning a profit, but you wouldn’t know it to look at us.
Half of the Sun newsroom is boarded up to hide the empty desks. The space has been rented out to “House of Cards” [the Netflix series] to use as a newsroom “set.”
Every time we’re sold we tell ourselves it can’t get worse, but it does.
I can understand the Chicago folks loving Mother Tribune. It’s been no picnic to be owned by an entity that knows nothing of our communities yet dictates how we look and jams pre-packaged “modules” into our news pages.
The fear is that Koch Brothers will buy the Sun and either sell us to a local real estate developer and casino owner to give him a platform or use the Sun as a megaphone to try to reach (sorry, educate) Washington policy-making types.
Murdoch, at least, is a newsman.