Good news: The city of Los Angeles has solved all of its urgent problems, including underfunded pensions, poor quality education, budget deficits, debt, gang violence, and drugs. Having dispensed with these important issues, the LA city council turned to the most pressing issue at hand: a resolution to condemn the Koch brothers, the libertarian billionaires who may or may not bid to buy the LA Times. The paper in question reports:
Three Los Angeles City Council members — including a candidate for mayor — asked their colleagues Tuesday to consider pulling city pension money from the investment firms that own the Los Angeles Times if they sell the publication to buyers who do not support “professional and objective journalism.” […]
“Frankly what I hear about the Koch brothers, if it’s true, it’s the end of journalism,’’ said [Councilman Bill] Rosendahl, a former broadcaster. “I don’t want to see Los Angeles, the second-largest city and the biggest region in the nation, not to have a quality newspaper.
Charged with nothing less than saving journalism from the slimy grip of evil itself, LA city councilmen fancy themselves heroic stalwarts against right-wing savagery. As evidenced by the Wall Street Journal, the Pulitzer Prize winning paper with the highest circulation in the country, when newspapers slip into the hands of conservatives, a city’s social fabric can fall apart and the country starts to implode.
Of course as long as the LA Times editorial board has been progressive enough to insulate the gentry liberal cocoon, the paper has met the city council’s standards of “professional and objective journalism,” and “empirical journalism” too. We can already picture the councilmen, Hollywood actors, and other incensed residents publicly cancelling their subscriptions in defiant protest of libertarian op-eds.
As we’ve said, a competition of ideas is better for journalism and newspaper readers than an iron liberal monopoly. Preserving the overrepresentation of gentry liberalism in the press will do nothing to improve the lives of LA citizens.
City councilmen have enough on their plate; Via Meadia suggests keeping the burning anti-Koch fury at a minimum.
[LA Times photo courtesy of Wikimedia]