With the floundering Los Angeles Times now owned by creditors, the reporters and editors remaining in the newsroom don’t have much leverage when it comes to which direction the newspaper will take. That hasn’t stopped many of them from having a hissy fit over the idea that the capitalist boogeymen known as the Koch brothers might purchase the Times along with seven other Tribune Co. papers that recently emerged from a four-year bankruptcy reorganization.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) April 30, 2013
It’s been widely reported that, at a recent LA Times staff meeting, fully half in attendance raised their hands when asked if they’d quit if the paper were purchased by the Koch brothers. The fact that it was an informal poll likely emboldened quite a few, but will they sing the same tune when paychecks are on the line and not just their progressive credentials?
Many watching from the sidelines don’t consider a mass exodus of obviously biased writers much of a threat. In fact, they’ve started using the #IWillQuitTheLATimes hashtag to issue their own demands.
If RGIII doesn't retract his hateful right-wing tweet, I swear #IWillQuitTheLATimes
— Ursus, Director of Weather and Banana Programming (@AceofSpadesHQ) April 30, 2013
If I am not allowed to suppress stories that reflect badly on the Democrat party #IWillQuitTheLATimes
— Bossy Brat (@JGalt09) April 30, 2013
— Cheryl Stack (@stacker44022) April 30, 2013
#IWillQuitTheLATimes if I can't wear my flip flops and rumpled Che t-shirt to meetings anymore.
— Esse Quam Videri (@karmacamilleon1) April 30, 2013
Here’s some truth in reporting.
#IWillQuitTheLATimes if it is purchased by people who know how to make a business profitable.
— Jennifer Hall (@jenjhall) April 30, 2013