Keep New Times Free

Koch Brothers' Tribune Co. Sale: Activists Protest in the Streets

The media "Kochtapus" could soon be a reality. The clock is running down on the sale-time for the Tribune Company, a package of some of the most venerated newspapers in the country, including our own Sun-Sentinel. The troubled company is expected to go to the highest bidder this month, and, as we reported earlier, the Tea Party poster boys Charles and David Koch seem interested in owning a high-priced metaphor for their right wing crankery. Activist groups are beginning to bang the drum against the possible sale.

The main mover on in the opposition in the Sunshine State is Florida Watch Action. Last night, the group mobilized outside the offices of the Orlando Sentinel. According to the paper's own coverage of the protest, about 40 lined the sidewalk outside the building. The signs fluttering in the air included "KEEP KOCH OUT OF THE SENTINEL," and "PETER LIGUORI CEO OF TRIBUNE CO SAY NO TO KOCH." Clever one, that there last one.

"We want to make sure it stays the Orlando Sentinel and doesn't turn into the Tea Party Tribune," Amy Ritter, the head of Florida Watch Action, told the paper.

This isn't the first grassworks foot-stomp organized to protest the possible sale. This week, anti-Koch crowds gathered outside The Morning Call building in Allentown, Pennsylvania to voice their concern. Union groups also marched in Los Angeles outside the headquarters of Oaktree Capital Management, the largest shareholder of the Tribune Company. The LA Times says Ry Cooder performed an anti-Koch tune. We started typing out the lyrics for your reading pleasure, but . . . trust us, you're probably better off not knowing the lyrics. This isn't "Blowin' In the Wind."

And earlier in the month, about 20 protesters demonstrated outside the Tribune Co. headquarters in Chicago.

But what about protest action in South Florida? It looks like the schedule is clear right now on planned events -- at least according to a quick search of the web. Does South Florida not care about a Tea Party-flavor daily newspaper? We'll keep you posted about possible local action coming down the pike.

Follow Kyle on Twitter @kyletalking. For tips, send an e-mail.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.