WASHINGTON, November 30, 2017 — There is a lot of whining and gnashing of teeth among print journalists over the $1.84 billion purchase by Iowa-based Meredith Corporation of Time magazine and its sister publications People, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune. All the horror surrounds the deal’s instigators, the hated Koch Brothers. They have a $500 million equity stake in the deal.
Nothing quite refreshes like a Koch
Joe Nocera, a columnist for Bloomberg and former writer for Time, fears Charles and David Koch “will want to use the magazines, especially Time, to spread their conservative views – just as founder Henry Luce did in the 1930s and 1940s.”
Way before the Koch brothers Time Magazine was a force for good. Can it happen again?
Koch brothers aside, it was actually the senior editor for Time, Whittaker Chambers, who turned that magazine decidedly against the totalitarian aims of the left.
As a former Soviet spy who broke with his Russian masters in the late 1930s, Chambers attempted to warn his fellow Americans about their new WWII ally, Joseph Stalin:
“I… became Time’s most controversial foreign news editor; in the middle of World War II, I reversed the magazine’s news policy toward Russia, making it clear on the basis of the weekly news that Russia was not a friend, but an enemy, who was actively using World War II to prepare World War III.”
At war’s end, it was Chambers who revealed how the FDR-Truman administrations were riddled with communist spies, most notably U.S. State Department functionary and first United Nations secretary-general, Alger Hiss.
Koch Brothers: Not the real Enemies of the American people
Chambers-like, the Koch brothers should change the focus of Time magazine coverage from its obsessive but phony Trump-Russia collusion story, refocusing its emphasis to “the enemy of the American people,” namely Trump’s phony foes.
It’s a problem Time shares with our current universe of “fake news” media. You know, the one that’s populated with folks like Joe Nocera. Formally of hard left-leaning Time magazine, he, like the more radical and intolerant members of the Islamic Ummah (community), believes that once a region is under the radical thumb, it must always remain so.
But journalism’s left-wing Ummah is now collapsing due to low readership that’s fueled by increasing public distrust. Journalists and media moguls alike, however, are now upset over their declining revenue that has now permitted actual capitalists like the Koch brothers to purchase their publications, assume their formidable debt, and begin repairing the damage their hyperpartisan, left-wing lunacy has done to what media-land currently calls “journalism.”
But, should Time eventually become a mouthpiece for the libertarian views of the Koch brothers, just remember what Time magazine founder Henry Luce once said,
“Show me a man who claims he is objective and I’ll show you a man with illusions.”