Joe Mathews: Most American newspapers today are owned by little-known rich people or faceless corporations, and it’s rare that papers do things that people love or hate. The LA Times suffers from this same malady: It’s unthreatening and predictable.
Lauren Steiner: The president of Oaktree Capital Management, is poised to sell the LA Times to the Koch Brothers but Angelenos don’t have to sit by and let that happen.
Good Grief: Who’s Going to Cover LA Now? The LA Media Reform Group’s 6th Annual media conference at Occidental College takes place Saturday, April 27th
Steven Mijulan: Sheldon Adelson, the gnomish, ginger-haired casino magnate who threw more than $150 million after Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and other candidates in 2012, let it be known to the house organ of the One Percent that he plans to double the amount he spent in 2012 in upcoming elections.
Steven Mikulan: Take away organized labor and the political playing field suddenly becomes a whole lot more even for a party with a vast treasury but a shrinking demographic base.
Richard “RJ” Eskow: DeMint’s performed one public service by abandoning his post: He’s given us a glimpse of a half-hidden Washington where leaders don’t lead, think-tankers don’t think, and the house always wins.
Robert Reich: The Koch brothers, Karl Rove, the rabid Republican right, CEOs and Wall Street titans who want to entrench their privileges and tax advantages — all of them would like nothing better than for every progressive in America to throw in the towel.
Matthew Fleischer: Nothing has been more surprising than the decision of Romero, a former California State Senate Democratic majority leader, to serve as the measure’s frontwoman.
Matt Fleischer: Despite their reputations as libertarian true believers, the Koch brothers are nothing if not practical businessmen, who have no trouble taking advantage of government subsidies when it bolsters their bottom line.
Joseph Palermo: The trick thus far for the Romney-Ryan ticket has been to pretend to want to “save” Medicare even while putting forth Ryan’s “voucher” plan that would end Medicare, not only “as we know it,” but end Medicare PERIOD.
Tom Hall: While the “liberal media” focuses on the regular, intentional lies that Romney and Ryan spew, there is an insidious, flagrantly racist, anti-semitic campaign being waged in emails to every potential hate voter in the U.S.
Lawrence Rosenthal: Paul Ryan confirms the Tea Party’s role as both a power within the Republican Party and as the guarantor of Republican conservative orthodoxy.
This week, Linda Milazzo’s “John McCain, A Veteran Was Demeaned In Your Name. Will You Defend Her? Linda Milazzo,” which looks at Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh’s scurrilous attacks on an Iraq War veteran.