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    I guess I will stop shopping amazon. Too bad. it was convenient.

    I haven't purchased a newspaper since Spurrier was our coach and then only for recruiting.
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    that's probably why there's been no outcry. there's no evidence that the papers are being purchased simply as political voices.
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    why?
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    Yup, there was "outcry" when the Kochs took over the Libertarian Cato Institute, mostly because they were clearly associated and active in Republican politics, even if they had some likeminded libertarian views. Maybe Henry and Bezos are more like the Kochs than different philosophically, but the main distinction is that they have kept a little more distance from partisan politics, unlike the Kochs.
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    Actually, the biggest difference is likely the activism and the very obvious goal of obtaining mouthpieces by which to influence debate towards the Koch's specific personal politics. Bezos has no such record. Bezos is probably a libertarian, based on his donation to the non-profit that runs Reason Magazine, although he has been publicly more involved in the social side of libertarianism (he was a major Gay Marriage supporter for example). The difference here is not their politics (which might even be similar) but the commitment that the Kochs have shown to personally influencing legislative outcomes.

    As for Henry, he appears to probably be somewhat liberal, as he supported Kerry pretty strongly, but, again, has largely kept his political opinions to himself.

    Both of these deals appear to be motivated by the goal of making money rather than influencing politics, as neither of the new owners have ever shown much desire to influence politics in any broad way. The hundreds of millions of dollars donated by the Kochs to specific political causes betrays an ulterior motive for that purchase. The more appropriate comparison would be if George Soros suddenly started buying up major US papers. I would imagine you would see very similar concern and outrage.
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    If the WP was purchased to put it out of business, maybe I would consider Amazon again. I don't want my dollars to knowingly go to anything associated with the left.
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    So ... basically you don't buy anything?
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    Maybe it's the American News Papers' socialist tilt that is dead, and not the medium itself. :whistle:

    I stopped buying the slantinal because of their (Bianchi among the others in the sports department) constant pimping of the other teams like FSU and Miami... and their never ending hatred of the Gators.

    They went against the majority view and lost a ton of readership. This is also why (IMHO) Fox News is killing the competition in cable News too.
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    Please share with us the evidence that the purchase of the LA Times was being considered simply for political reasons. Other than innuendo and supposition, of course.

    All papers have a political lean. All papers. The left was just besides itself that the LA Times might no longer be a leftist paper. That it might venture into the *gasp* territory of being more free market.
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    News Papers aren't dead... incessant Leftists propaganda is dead.
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