On Tuesday, the Newspaper Guild and Communications Workers of America put out a statement urging Tribune to only sell its eight newspapers “to a buyer that will protect the objectivity of the news product by making a public commitment to doing so.” The Koch brothers, said the Guild-CWA, “are active political proponents of harsh right-wing positions.”
That caused a few Romenesko commenters to bristle:
– “So, only liberals are ‘objective’ to these bunch of jokers.”
– “If Soros were bidding to buy, would the same statement have been released? Just wondering.”
After reading those remarks, Newspaper Guild-CWA communications director Janelle Hartman wrote in an email (and in my comments section) that “our concerns about editorial integrity are nonpartisan.” She notes that there were Guild concerns last year when billionaire Donald Sussman, who is married to Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, invested in the Portland Press Herald.