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    May 10, 2013

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    Alan Hirsch

    I enjoyed your "Newspapers ARE the News" column, May 10. I was glad you showed some understanding for the Koch brothers.

    An LA Times columnist reports that about half the editorial staff indicated they would quit the newspaper if the Kochs bought the paper. That's because they see the Koch Brothers as being too conservative, a highly unacceptable trait in their minds and an insult to their own liberal bias.

    The fact that the Tribune Companies eight newspapers, including the LA Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, emerged from bankruptcy Dec. 31 doesn't enter their creative liberal minds.

    Koch Industries has more than $110 billion in annual revenue, created by 60,000 employees (50,000 in the U.S.) in 60 countries. So really, how much can these Koch brothers know, compared to the LA Times hacks, whose best writing probably occurs when they update their resumes.

    David Koch has contributed more than $1 billion (with a b) to cancer research, museums and other charitable causes. He also sits on boards of 25 nonprofit institutions, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and MIT, where he was captain of its basketball team in 1962. He sounds like a real bad guy to me, compared to the generous personalities at The Los Angeles Times.

    I point you to a May 10 column by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone in which the left winger of left wingers uses the term "the odious Koch brothers." Here is a line from his story, if you can believe it: "It should go without saying that a sale of this still-potent media empire to the cash-addled Koch brothers duo -- lifetime denizens of a sub-moronic rightist echo chamber..."

    If you read the story, David, I think you will agree that Taibbi is the odious one. Too odious for words.

    I have absolutely no ties to Koch. The closest I came to knowing David Koch is when my Sir George Williams basketball team played MIT the year after Koch graduated from MIT. The MIT coach was Jack Barry, who would always say when asked about his players..."We've got five good guys to start the game, but we call our 6th man "chaos."

    David Reich

    Thanks for the comment, Alan.

    I don't really care who owns a paper as long as they keep the opinions and biases clearly labeled and out of the hard news reporting.

    Re Taibbi's article, I don't look at Rolling Stone as an unbiased news source, but rather a place for background, commentary and gossip. If his story on the Koch Bros. is biased, it wouldn't suprise me and I don't take all that I see in RS as 100% true or accurate. I would, however, expect news I read in The Times (New York or Los Angeles) to be accurate and up to top journalistic standards.

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