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February 22, 2012

Ed Rendell, Other Democratic Bosses In Scheme To Buy The Philadelphia Inquirer, In Time for the 2012 Elections

"Scheme." Why not.

The Inquirer is, as far as I know, an in-the-bag liberal rag, so I guess who cares. If these guys are getting all the benefit from the media, they might as well have to bear the costs of running it, too, I figure.

And if they alienate too many people, then they take a bath.

Mr. Rendell, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is teaming with George Norcross, the Democratic Party boss of southern New Jersey, and others in an effort to purchase the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and the company’s website, philly.com.

There is reportedly at least one other bidder for the media company, the most influential in Pennsylvania, though that party has not publicly identified itself.

“The prospect of Rendell’s group owning the newspapers is like the foxes watching the henhouse and all of the sacred cows,” said Paul Davies, former deputy editorial page editor at the Inquirer. “Essentially, the Inquirer will cease to exist as a legitimate newspaper. It will become the insiders’ house organ.

My main feeling is envy. We have rich people who want a vehicle for shaping the public debate. Why don't our rich guys do this?

Maine Congresswoman's Husband Bails Out The Biggest Newspaper in the District. Slublog says the newspaper is Marxist anyway, but isn't it a bit of an ethics problem to essentially own the media that covers you?



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