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  •  The Times is like a $3 billion political ad (4+ / 0-)

    Yeah, I see one scenario in which the Times could become a casualty of the conservative crackup.

    But even if the Moon kids don't have their father's messianic agenda, they might still reach the conclusion that the millions for the Times will be made up in prestige around the world, and the deals that it helps them make.

    In the 1990s, for example, it was George H.W. Bush's gratitude for the Washington Times that helped them snag him on an international speaking tour. He helped them out of a jam in Japan, where their $400 million-a-year fundraising machine was in jeopardy due to popular sentiment following the Aum Supreme Truth subway gas attacks of 1995. Now the money's still flowing.

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