Yesterday I posted two letters from Tribune Company journalists critical of the Koch brothers, who are said to be interested in Tribune’s eight newspapers. This afternoon I received an email from a reader who says “the Kochs would be far and away the best thing that has ever happened to the Tribune.” Jerome H., who tells me his occupation is “pundit,” writes:
Thanks for the laughs, re: Bill and Charles Koch. The obvious truth is that their intellects and talents would be nearly wasted on the liberal pansies in the propaganda business that is the Tribune.
There are so many stunning examples of the intellectual corruption there that it’s pointless to rehash it. Instead, let’s mock the whiny liberals by pointing out that their much admired libertardian columnist and editorial board member Steve Chapman shares the Kochs’ overall worldview and political self-description – Libertarian.
And while the Kochs embrace a philosophical libertarianism which shares much of its underpinning in conservatism, and Chapman is more a liberal who wishes to be regarded as something … smarter … the fact that they occupy the same wide territory provides for good fun in mocking the libs. You might remind them of this, if you feel sporting.
More seriously, the Kochs would be far and away the best thing that has ever happened to the Tribune, if you actually yearn for a stable company which fosters intellectual integrity, real journalism and a diversity of thought, instead of the monolithic, leftist, racialist, one-party stupidity that the Trib drowned in 2 years ago.