the potential sale of the Tribune Company looming, Ald. Joe Moore (49th)
and other aldermen said they want the Chicago Tribune to be in the future hands
of an owner that "gets the city" and will practice "fair, accurate, impartial and non-ideological reporting."
Moore introduced a resolution, which the Committee on Human Relations approved Tuesday, calling for the sale of the Chicago newspaper only to local owners. The nonbinding measure will move on to the full city council Wednesday.
Activists and others have been up in arms
ever since rumors surfaced that the billionaire Koch brothers, who are
supporters of conservative causes, were reportedly eyeing a buy of some
or all of the Tribune Company, which could include the purchase of the Chicago Tribune. Activists say they are worried that a take over by the Koch brothers would result in them using the media outlets as platforms for their "radical right-wing agenda."
Moore called out the Koch brothers specifically, saying they are not a right fit for an owner.
The Tribune Company publishes several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courantand Orlando Sentinel. It also operates more than 20 television stations, including Chicago’s WGN.