Rallies in 12 U.S. cities protest Koch Tribune takeover

Activists fear Koch takeover of papers would give conservative billionaires powerful platform

By Natasha Lennard

Published May 29, 2013 4:28PM (EDT)

In 12 cities, anti-Koch Industries protesters will Wednesday deliver petitions, 500,000 signatures strong, to publications in order to protest the planned Koch takeover of the Tribune Company Newspapers. The "Save our News" coalition includes organizations like the AFL-CIO, Climate Reality Project, Common Cause, CREDO, Daily Kos, Working Families Party, Democracy For America, Free Press, Greenpeace and others.

"Local and national groups will ask the investment firm to pledge to oppose the sale of the Tribune Company’s nine daily newspapers to the Koch brothers," the coalition's press release read. Activists fear that a Koch takeover of papers like the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune could give the oil billionaires yet another platform from which to further inject their conservative ideology into national discourse.

Rallies are taking place in venues including outside the Los Angeles Times headquarters in L.A.

Although for some months rumor buzz has been nearing fever pitch about the Koch takeover, Koch Industries has stated, "it is our long-standing policy not to comment on deals or rumors of deals we may or may not be exploring."

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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