Koch Brothers Eye Tribune Purchase to Spread Conservative Message

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 10:20 am

Charles and David Koch, owners of Koch Industries, are looking into the purchase of the Tribune Company; a media conglomerate that owns the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. Given the Koch brothers’ extensive funding of right-wing causes the news that they were interested in buying one of America’s most powerful media companies was concerning to many who wondered if the interest was purely business. Now it has been reported that their interest in the media company is mostly political.

 

A Little Fundraising Advice for LA Archbishop Gomez

By: Friday February 8, 2013 6:42 am

According to the Los Angeles Times, Roman Catholic Archbishop José H. Gomez is worried about money. Says the paper, “The archdiocese has hired a New York company, Guidance In Giving Inc., to study the feasibility of a large-scale fundraiser that would shore up a bottom line hit hard by costly abuse litigation.” How large is large-scale? The Times puts the size of the proposed campaign at $200 million.

BuyPartisan Consensus: ExxonMobil Donates $260,000 to Obama Inauguration

By: Monday January 21, 2013 10:10 am

Unlike for his first Inauguration, Obama has chosen to allow unlimited corporate contributions to fill the fund-raising coffers of the entity legally known as the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Last time around the block, Obama refused corporate contributions for the Inauguration Ceremony as “a commitment to change business as usual in Washington.”

Which Firms Are Meeting With the DoJ About Being Screwed by Google?

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 11:41 am

The fact that the DoJ is taking meetings while the FTC’s Google investigation is still underway is, as the Post says, a clear sign that companies are “losing faith that the Federal Trade Commission will act forcefully on their complaints.”

FCC Plan to Gut Media Ownership Rules Would Benefit Rupert Murdoch

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 4:29 pm

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski would like the FCC to vote on a plan to gut media ownership rules. If approved, News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch, who has been considering buying more media, would benefit. The proposal would also allow for more media consolidation.

Using innocuous language to describe a proposal that should raise alarm, Genachowski stated yesterday that he wanted the FCC to “streamline and modernize media ownership rules.” This would include “eliminating outdated prohibitions on newspaper-radio and TV-radio cross-ownership.”

Keystone XL Contractor and SUNY Buffalo Shale Institute Conduct LA County’s Fracking Study

By: Monday October 15, 2012 4:15 pm

A huge report was published on Oct. 10 by Los Angeles County that’ll likely open the floodgates for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for unconventional oil and gas in the Monterey Shale basin. The report, as it turns out, was done by LA County in name only.

As the Los Angeles Times explained, the study found “no harm from the method” of fracking as it pertains to extracting shale gas and oil from the Inglewood Oil Field, which the Times explains is “the largest urban oil field in the country.”

Support for Marijuana Legalization in California Unchanged Since 2010

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 9:21 am

Slightly more voters in California still oppose legalizing marijuana for recreational use than support legalization, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Overall support for marijuana legalization among California voters remains basically unchanged since 2010.

What Meat-Industry’s Meatingplace Won’t Tell You About LA School Lunches

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 6:40 pm

The meat industry is upset over new guidelines that promote healthier foods for school lunches, so they were happy to publicize an LA Times report that kids were throwing away some of the food. What they left out was why.

The Fog of Obamawar in Hi-Def 1080p

By: Sunday April 10, 2011 4:00 pm

David S. Cloud has an amazing piece in today’s Los Angeles Times on the sobering reality and cold-hearted bloodlust of remote drone warfare. Cloud’s story tells, in gripping, fully fleshed from all angles, detail the story of an United States killer drone operation gone awry.

FDL Membership Program Reaches 500

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 9:30 am

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