The city council on Monday passed a resolution denouncing the Koch Brothers’ potential takeover of Tribune, specifically, the Hartford Courant.
It has been reported that Charles and David Koch have expressed interest in buying all eight Tribune Co. papers — including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and Hartford Courant — as a package. The Kochs have not commented.
Peter Ligouri, Tribune Company’s chief executive officer, said in a statement May 15: “There’s been a lot of noise recently about the possible sale of our newspapers and speculation on who the interested parties might be. From the get go, such speculation has been and is premature. A sale transaction is only one of our possible strategic options, and there are many others.”
Members of the council’s Working Families Party, who raised the resolution, wrote: “The takeover of the Hartford Courant by Koch Industries threatens to replace independent and unbiased news coverage with an outside, extreme, partisan and sensational national corporate agenda as has been shown elsewhere.”
Working Families Party members also collected signatures of people opposing the takeover. You can view them here.
Three members of the panel abstained from voting on the resolution Monday: Council President Shawn Wooden and Councilmen Raul DeJesus and Kenneth Kennedy.