When the conservative billionaire Koch brothers expressed interest in buying seven Tribune Company newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, a group of organizations urged the board not to sell.
A diverse group of organizations mobilized to stop the sale.
Media Matters interviewed staff at Tribune Company newspapers, who raised concerns about the Kochs' hard-right ideology, political activism, and lack of news experience.
Courage Campaign and Forecast the Facts bought advertisements in The Los Angeles Times urging readers to cancel their subscriptions if the Tribune Company agrees to sell the newspaper to "the right-wing Koch Brothers." More than 1,000 people pledged to cancel their subscriptions, while 110,000 signed petitions opposing the sale.
Protests took place outside Tribune Company newsrooms in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Baltimore.