The news about the U-T’s sale has set blogger tongues a-flappin’. Here’s a sampling of the reaction around the web.
- Gawker, the pioneering snarky gossip blog, is shocked:
Whatttttttt…a private equity firm has voluntarily purchased a newspaper —presumably in exchange for money! The San Diego Union-Tribune is now owned by a firm that vows to make it “thrive” once more. Sounds fun!
San Diego’s new press barons: Platinum Equity, which “specializes in acquiring businesses facing complex operational challenges in declining or transitioning markets.” If that doesn’t spell “friend to the working journalist,” I don’t know what does!
Gawker also imagines that the U-T negotiations went something like this, from “The Godfather II”:
[Geary is demanding a large bribe for a gaming license]
Senator Pat Geary: I want your answer and the money by noon tomorrow. And one more thing. Don’t you contact me again, ever. From now on, you deal with Turnbull.
Michael Corleone: Senator? You can have my answer now, if you like. My final offer is this: nothing.
No word on who took the cannoli.
- People like to say baseball is America’s top pastime, but bashing the local newspaper might be our second favorite activity in this country. So it’s no surprise that the news of today’s sale has inspired U-T critics to put fingers to keyboard.
“Just as long as the front page is still devoted to hummingbirds, leaky faucets and regurgitated news service articles, I will be happy,” says one Gawker commenter, while another declares that “if a toilet overflows in El Cajon, you can bet it will be on the front page.”
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