Amy Chozick confirmed Hillel Aron's scoop from last month: Charles and David Koch are indeed looking at purchasing Tribune Co.'s newspapers. Most of the other high-profile suitors are interested in only the Los Angeles Times, and Tribune would prefer to sell the papers as a bundle, Chozick writes. So, "at this early stage, the thinking inside the Tribune Company, the people close to the deal said, is that Koch Industries could prove the most appealing buyer."
Would Koch-owned newspapers give conservatives a media toehold in Tribune's markets? The "basic idea of buying a newspaper chain in order to change the views of the populace just isn’t going to work," Forbes contributor Tim Worstall writes. "There would be no point in making the LAT a “conservative” newspaper as there’s only about three conservatives in the paper’s catchment area." (more...)