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David Simon on why Koch Bros. shouldn't own Tribune papers

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David Simon shares his feelings about the possibility of the Koch brothers owning Tribune papers like the Baltimore Sun in a video interview that you can see here.

The interview was done at the request of the Working Families Party, according to Simon, who was once a reporter at the Sun.

"When I heard that the Koch brothers, bless their hearts, were interested in purchasing newspapers, the Baltimore Sun, my alma mater, in particular, I thought, 'Well, that's kind of the last nail in the coffin,'" the creator of HBO's "The Wire" says in the video.

"There's a lot of damage that's been done to print journalism in the last 15 years, 20 years, much of it self-inflicted in the sense that the original sin of American journalism, print journalism in particular, was going to Wall Street."

As Simon puts it, ... "Ultimately, the only chance that democracy has, if you ask me, is if somebody stands outside some of the excess and fraud and basically calls 'foul.' And that doesn't happen if the newspaper represents a particular ideology."

He describes the Koch brothers' ideology as "very rightist libertarian."

But, he adds, "It isn't about left or right. It's about the community ultimately being served by the paper being essentially local...."

You can find out more about the Working Families Party here.

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