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LA Times Owner Denies Report He’s Trying to Sell the Paper

The report stated that Soon-Shiong was exploring various ideas to offload financial responsibility for the LA Times, whether it’s by bringing in an additional investor or transferring management of the properties to another media group.

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Patrick Soon-Shiong, the billionaire owner of The Los Angeles Times, took to Twitter to deny a report from The Wall Street Journal that suggested the 68-year-old was looking into selling the company.

The report stated that Soon-Shiong was exploring various ideas to offload financial responsibility for the LA Times, whether it’s by bringing in an additional investor or transferring management of the properties to another media group.

Furthermore, The Journal reported that Soon-Shiong considered selling or transferring management of the San Diego Union-Tribune to another company, potentially MediaNews Group, which hedge fund Alden Global Capital owns.

However, Soon-Shiong denied any reports that he’s looking to sell the company and doubled down on his commitment to the newspaper.

“WSJ article inaccurate. We are committed to the @LATimes,” Soon-Shiong tweeted. “Newspapers are important to the community. Support the @LATimes and @sdut.” Three years ago, the LA Times’ billionaire owner purchased the company along with the San Diego Union-Tribune and other weeklies from Tribune Publishing Company for $500 million.

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Gannett Warned About Interfering in Employee Efforts to Unionize

New Jersey’s Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Democratic Reps. Bill Pascrell, Josh Gottheimer, Mikie Sherrill, and Tom Malinowski sent a letter to Gannett CEO Michael Reed.

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Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, is receiving a warning from six senate democrats to stop preventing its journalists from three northern New Jersey newspapers from unionizing.

New Jersey’s Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Democratic Reps. Bill Pascrell, Josh Gottheimer, Mikie Sherrill, and Tom Malinowski sent a letter to Gannett CEO Michael Reed.

In the statement, they asked him to stop blocking employees’ efforts at The Record and its online counterpart NorthJersey.com, The Daily Record, and New Jersey Herald, who want to unionize.

“We are concerned to learn that Gannett has engaged in anti-union campaigning and procedural delay tactics designed to exert influence and poison the union election process,” the letter stated in part. “Such union-busting is anathema to democracy and has no place in New Jersey, where there is a proud and long history of unionized labor.” Gannett didn’t respond to the government officials’ letter over its concerns that they’re preventing its journalist from unionizing.

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Washington Post Editorial Board Critical of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

The Post called Abbott’s decision to end all coronavirus protocols “premature and reckless.”

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Many showed concerns over Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) decision to lift the state’s mask mandate and the relaxation of other restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The Washington Post editorial board put together a piece where they criticized the governor’s decision.

The Post called Abbott’s decision to end all coronavirus protocols “premature and reckless.” Furthermore, the editorial board added that the Texas governor is taking a gamble with his state’s health.

“The governor’s decision may cheer those feeling rebellious, fatigued, and impatient with the year-long pandemic restrictions,” wrote the editorial board. “But the result of opening too soon will be viral spread and more suffering.”

“The winter holidays and the third surge were awful. A fourth surge — which could spread beyond Texas — is the last thing the country needs, just as vaccines are being rolled out. Mr. Abbott is throwing a match on kindling.”

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Keith Olbermann Turns Heads With Tweet About Texas

“Why are we wasting vaccinations in Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus,” Olbermann said.

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Political commentator Keith Olbermann is no stranger to making controversial comments. On Tuesday, Olbermann received major pushback when he tweeted that Texas should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine. His comments came after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the state’s mask mandate.

“Why are we wasting vaccinations in Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus,” Olbermann said. “What I wrote here was a question: if the authorities in Texas are clearly and belligerently siding with the virus against humanity, why are we sending the vaccines there now?”

Former Obama administration official Brandon Friedman urged Olbermann to delete his tweet. Members of the media weighed-in as well. Most thought it was unacceptable and untimely for the former ESPN and MSNBC anchor to send out something that could be construed as insensitive.

“I just think it’s wrong to make gross generalizations about the lives and potential deaths of an entire population. It is mean-spirited and unhelpful on every front,” said Dallas Morning News reporter, Evan Grant.

Last October, Keith Olbermann left ESPN to launch a nightly political talk show on YouTube. A month later he called former President Donald Trump “a whiny little Kunta Kinte.”

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