Koch LA Times Buyout Enrages Protesters: What We Saw at the "Save Our News" Rally


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Protesters gathered outside of the Los Angeles Times building on Wednesday to speak out against the potential sale of the newspaper and other Tribune Company properties to Koch Industries, the privately held company owned by Charles and David Koch. Reason TV asked why the potential sale was so upsetting to those gathered and what they thought about possible city council actions against the Times.

Answers ranged from a fear of the Los Angeles Times being transformed into a right-wing propaganda machine to a general distrust of billionaires and/or large corporations owning media companies (despite the fact that the Tribune Company is, of course, a large corporation, and billionaires besides the Kochs are interested in the purchase). 

About 4 minutes. Produced by Zach Weissmueller and Tracy Oppenheimer.

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(Full disclosure: David Koch is trustee of Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes Reason TV. He was not involved in or consulted during the making of this video.)