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  •  Is This A Good Business Move For Him? (1+ / 0-)
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    James Allen

    It doesn't seem like buying any paper is a good idea right now. The industry is dying quickly.

    Is the paper traditionally more Democratic leaning or Republican?

    •  Very Liberal Paper...... (7+ / 0-)

      .....and it strikes that Taylor's foray into the newspaper business is similar to that of the Kochs.  They're not seeking to make money (as you said papers this day and age are money pits) so much as sway public opinion rightward.

    •  Pretty neutral, generally (2+ / 0-)
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      James Allen, ArkDem14

      Maybe not "neutral", but "bipartisan". When they endorse it is serious fangirling/fanboying over the candidates. But the endorse members of both parties frequently.

      They endorsed Klobuchar and Pawlenty in 06, Obama and Coleman on 08, and in 2010 they were all over Rybak's nuts in the primary before not endorsing in the general between Dayton and Emmer.

      It should be noted that Taylor said the same management team will be kept in place, and his plans involve moving to a more digital media medium for the Strib. I dont see him micromanaging, so much as just wanting a piece of the Vikings stadium buyout money.

      I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat

      by OGGoldy on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 08:17:34 AM PDT

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    •  And does this matter? (0+ / 0-)

      Especially today when no one reads editorial pages (or papers) anymore.

      And besides, lots of progressive areas have conservative leaning papers (at least their editorial boards in regards to economic issues).

      The "Seattle Times" and the "LA Times" come to mind as two major papers that are very conservative when it comes to Labor and taxes, etc etc.

    •  I dont know about the Strib (0+ / 0-)

      but I remember reading maybe a few years back somewhere that the Pioneer Press, which is St. Paul's paper, was one of the only major newspapers in the country to increase subscriptions.  I dont numbers for the Strib but I'd guess their situation isn't nearly as dire as many other papers in the country.  The Twin Cities is known for being highly educated and literate, which you don't become unless you read.

      And also, the Pioneer Press is a garbage newspaper and it makes 0 sense at this point that we have 2 major newspapers.  He could be thinking more long-term and hopes to buy them out some day.  (I call PiPress garbage bc they have far too many articles that are fluff pieces that belong on the nightly news to fill up air time.)

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