The Los Angeles Times Earthquake
There are moments in the life of a good progressive when ordinary measures are deemed inadequate to the task at hand—when drastic action is required to contain a mounting crisis. At such moments our good progressives don’t whine or panic, fret or dither. They roll up their sleeves, spit on their hands, and hold a conference.
And so it was in April, in Los Angeles, when a band of pristinely liberal media critics gathered in the basement of the decommissioned chapel of the pristinely liberal Occidental College (Barack Obama, class of ’82) to tug their chins at a coming cataclysm. News reports had revealed that the owners of the local newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, were considering the possibility of selling the paper (along with the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, and several others) to Charles and David Koch.
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