The Koch brothers have really thrown a scare into those who fear they will buy Tribune and use it for their nefarious purposes.
Theresa Sullivan Barnes forwards this note from Josh Stearns of Freepress.net:
The Tribune company is expected to circulate paperwork for the deal to potential buyers this week. Then we expect a deal could come as quick as 4-6 weeks. The Koch brothers are the top contenders according to industry analysts right now.
Protest – StandUpChicago held a rally today at Tribune headquarters – photos of which can be found on their Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/standupchicago
Local News Pledge - We also launched a new “Local News Pledge” for Chicago, in which we are inviting people to sign on to, and add on to, a set of principles or demands for what they want to see from their local paper. The comments are being posted on the page in real-time and they are impressive and passionate. I have attached a screen shot here, and you can see them all at: http://act.freepress.net/sign/consolid_news_pledge_Chicago/ (We’ll be rolling this out to other communities where there are Tribune papers soon).
Coalition – Finally, today a new diverse coalition representing over six million members just released a major letter to the Tribune company – and announced that more than 250,000 people have signed petitions in local communities calling on Tribune not to sell to the Koch brothers. That letter is attached as well.
Please feel free to get in touch if you are writing about these issues — happy to provide more details or links and images.
And there is this report of demonstrations outside Tribune Tower.