Storm brews over control of US newspaper group

May 26, 2013 by Rob Lever

With a sale likely of a prominent group of US newspapers, the interest of a potential buyer tied to right-wing causes has galvanized opponents fearing the dailies could become political tools.

The Tribune Co. dailies, including the , Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and five others could be sold in what may be one of the biggest deals in US history.

Although no official bids have been announced, the mere hint of interest from billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch—famous for bankrolling conservative causes—has some activists in a frenzy.

Protests have taken place in Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore, and more are planned.

"It's unlikely the Koch brothers would take over these papers and not try to use them to advance their conservative agenda," said Angelo Carusone of Media Matters, a with the avowed mission of countering "conservative misinformation" in the news media.

"These are not just run-of-the-mill papers," Carusone said. "We are talking about eight publications which are either exclusive or influential in the local communities."

Rick Jacobs of the progressive advocacy Courage Campaign, which has organized some of the protests, said the group is working on a coalition to block a sale to the Koch brothers.

"We want genuine journalists to have good jobs and be free to report the news," Jacobs said.

"The Koch brothers have never been involved in newspapers," he said. "The only reason they would be interested is to further their political goals."

According to a report in the , some 40 potential buyers have expressed interest in one or more of the newspapers, but the company would like to sell the group in a single transaction.

Dan Kennedy, a journalism professor at Northeastern University, said that by selling the newspapers in a single deal, "you end up with only very wealthy potential buyers," such as the Koch brothers or 's .

"Local people who are more invested in their communities are likely to be better stewards of community journalism in the long run," Kennedy said, noting that "people buying newspapers to advance a political agenda is nothing new."

He said the furor over the Koch brothers owes to the fact that "not only are they extreme libertarians, but because they seem to hate the media."

Murdoch, on the other hand, despite criticism over his political views, has a long history in the newspaper industry in Australia, Britain and the US, where he owns The Wall Street Journal and New York Post.

"If I were at one of those newspapers, I would find myself rooting for Murdoch rather than the Koch brothers," Kennedy said.

The intense reaction to the Koch brothers highlights a bitterly partisan political landscape, with the family in focus for backing policy groups such as the libertarian Cato Institute think tank in Washington.

The Koch brothers also were behind the formation of the Americans for Prosperity political action group, which supports many causes backed by the ultra-conservative Tea Party, although they are not formally affiliated.

Koch Industries, which focuses on petroleum refining and chemicals and pipelines, said in a statement that it was "constantly exploring profitable opportunities in many industries and sectors."

Critics of the Koch brothers accuse them of funding efforts to quash labor unions, especially in a highly contentious battle over public sector unions in Wisconsin.

Koch Industries' Melissa Cohlmia said in a statement that about 30 percent of the company's employees are represented by a union.

"Koch has mutually respectful and productive relationships with the unions that represent its employees—this has been true for more than 50 years," she said.

Some civic organizations have been seeking to raise funds for alternative bids. A group called "The Other 98 Percent" has launched a crowdfunding effort for the newspapers.

"This is a way for Americans to say that they're tired of billionaires fighting over who gets to control our media," said the group's Nicole Carty.

Politics aside, the economics for any buyer of any of the newspapers will be daunting.

The publishing operations had been valued at $623 million during Tribune Co. bankruptcy proceedings, but media analyst Ken Doctor said "the value of these properties is dropping month by month, year by year."

"We know revenue is down, and they are struggling with circulation.

"If they are maintaining their profits they are only doing that by significant cutting," including of newsroom staff, Doctor said.

There could be pitfalls for any new owners, be they politically motivated investors or civic organizations.

"There is a three- to five-year turnaround at this point," Doctor said, as newspapers find a way to manage a transition to digital. "They will need to beef up news coverage and digital innovation."

But if the Koch brothers make the newspapers "plainly partisan," it would drive away subscribers "and they turn more quickly into irrelevance."

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sunmusing
2.6 / 5 (5) May 26, 2013
The Koch brothers are anti-American...period...they are the poster boys of greed and corruption...look at what their subsidiary Wisconsin, is doing...they are using their wealth and influence to deliberately HURT regular Americans...They are anarchists willing to hide beneath the Tea Party/Libertarian banner to accomplish their goals...They have been in collusion with the extremists in the GOP, the Supreme Court, and the Corporate giants to overthrow our government of the people...look into the States, what are the gop controlled houses doing there? they are not defending our freedom, they are not doing what the people who elected them want them to do...the evidence is piling up, and the corporate owned and controlled media ignores the real danger to our country...
ryggesogn2
2.2 / 5 (10) May 26, 2013
The Kochs are the epitome of what liberty is all about.
Their father was motivated by Stalin's tyranny and passed on that opposition.
Those opposed to the Kochs are socialists and want socialist tyranny to be imposed upon the US.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013
"BILLIONS of the income earned at Koch is funneled to Super PACs that support a very specific political agenda."
http://www.glassd...2864.htm
And billions from crony capitalists, like Buffet, GE, NBC, Google, ... are funneled into PACs and lobbyists for govt favors.
And, since Koch Ind. is not a public company, the income earned belongs to the owners of Koch Industries.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (9) May 26, 2013
Where is Soros or any other 'liberal' rushing in to buy the LA Times to save the jobs?
Newspapers are dying, and if the Kochs can revive the paper and the industry, why are socialists complaining?
If LA Times employees don't like working for Koch's, they are free to quit.
Jotaf
3 / 5 (4) May 26, 2013
The problem is not whether they deserve the money they have or what have you; it's the use of newspapers -- traditionally a neutral party that people trust to reports facts with as little bias as possible -- to sell a political agenda.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (9) May 26, 2013
The problem is not whether they deserve the money they have or what have you; it's the use of newspapers -- traditionally a neutral party that people trust to reports facts with as little bias as possible -- to sell a political agenda.

If that were the criteria, most media companies should be shut down immediately.
The NYT defended Stalin in the 30s and the industry rewarded the political lies with a Pulitzer.
And it is quite apparent most all US media have, and are, biased toward Obama and refuse to report anything critical to Obama or socialists.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (9) May 26, 2013
"As Politico's Dylan Byers wrote Friday tensions remain very high in the hallways of CBS News as Sharyl Attkisson continues to butt heads with producers unwilling to give her stories air time on CBS Evening News. The tensions began when Attkisson was the only reporter at the network willing to investigate the Fast and Furious scandal: the Justice Department's involvement with gun running across the Mexican border that ended with the murder of a US Border Agent. "
"But in reality, the last minute "assignment" for Attkisson came just days after widely discredited left-wing fringe group Media Matters for America bullied CBS to snub the award: "
http://www.breitb...sm-Award
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (9) May 26, 2013
"The Obama administration lied when it claimed it had no idea the IRS was targeting Conservative groups for delays & denials of their applications for tax-exempt status. "
"But you wouldn't really know that if you read the New York Times. You MIGHT if you dug way down deep into the story towards the end, if you can read a little between the lines. "
"How is what Peters did to Weisman's article any different? Sound reporting was 'massaged' until it reflected Party Ideology. There is no way anybody can call that revised article anything but propaganda. "
http://www.breitb...rception

This is what the 'progressives' fear, a loss of one of their major propaganda outlets.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (9) May 26, 2013
Now phys.org is an outlet for 'progressive' (socialist) groups like Media Matters and the PAC Courage Campaign.
And phys.org pushes AGW. Mmmm
I am not surprised.
VENDItardE
1.9 / 5 (9) May 26, 2013
physorg has been actively involved in shoving the liberal agenda of scaremongering and government control forever.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (9) May 26, 2013
"One thing that puts "progressives" at a disadvantage in these ongoing Obama scandals is that many of them admit they want the American federal government favoring the Left. Some of the more honest among them have said they have no real problem with the power of the federal government being used to suppress Conservatives since it tilts the political field in the correct direction."
http://www.breitb...dvantage
As the Associated Press is finding out, such a govt will turn on the 'progressive' reporters.
Fred Koch was hired by Stalin to improve their oil refineries. His Soviet handler was eventually murdered by Stalin.
" "Many of the Soviet engineers he worked with were longtime Bolsheviks who had helped bring on the revolution." It deeply bothered Fred Koch that so many of those so committed to the Communist cause were later purged.[11]"
wikipedia.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013
All socialists in the media should heed Rev. Niemöller.
VENDItardE
1.7 / 5 (6) May 26, 2013
"We want genuine journalists to have good jobs and be free to report the news," Jacobs said.

I will be absolutely amazed when any of those papers hire one.
Howhot
2 / 5 (4) May 26, 2013
Amid concerns that Koch Industries could buy several major U.S. newspapers from Tribune Company, industrial billionaire David Koch was forced to step down as trustee of WNET, New York City's largest public TV station, after the New Yorker revealed how WNET gave Koch inappropriate influence over its programming. Mr. Koch was floating a seven-figure donation over WNET's leadership as the station aired a movie that portrayed him as a particularly greedy Manhattan resident.

A tea party plutocracy in the making.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (9) May 26, 2013
"Koch brothers also were behind the formation of the Americans for Prosperity "
And this is why socialists hate the Kochs. Socialists do not want the USA, or its citizens, to prosper.
If Americans prosper, they will have no use for socialism or socialists.
Tyrants need victims to tyrannize.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013
"Imagine the outcry if the nation woke up this morning to New York Times and Washington Post headlines reporting that in order to settle a lawsuit against Charles and David Koch, officials with the Environmental Protection Agency had met behind closed doors with them to iron out a deal that effectively allowed the brothers to rewrite regulations as they pleased. I"
"So where were the outraged headlines for any of the 34 times since 2009 that the EPA did similar closed-door deals, but with the Sierra Club rather than the Kochs? Or the 20 times the agency accepted closed-door deals with another environmental activist group, the WildEarth Guardians? Why no headlines for the nine deals EPA accepted with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the six with the Center for Biologial Diversity or the five with the Environmental Defense Fund? http://washington.../2530505
Howhot
2.3 / 5 (3) May 26, 2013
As an added note; WNET did not receive the 7 figure donation from Koch when things didn't go his way. "At least someone at WNET had journalistic ethics to not be bought off making program decisions. KochFacts, released a preemptive response to the New Yorker article (which it has now urgently elaborated on), attempting to stifle New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer and the details of her newest piece." from a nationofchange.org article.

So now we know what would happen to the newspapers if Koch bought them. Coercion, corruption and manipulation. Typical of the whole of the tea party movement.

Howhot
3 / 5 (2) May 26, 2013
o where were the outraged headlines for any of the 34 times since 2009 that the EPA did similar closed-door deals, but with the Sierra Club rather than the Kochs?

Because the Sierra club fights for the good of the people. The Koch's fight to line their own pockets and establish a selective plutocracy that feeds their estate.
ryggesogn2
1.6 / 5 (7) May 26, 2013
" galvanized opponents fearing the dailies could become political tools. "
They forgot to add ...political tools for the 'liberals'.

"The perilously liberal Rolling Stone contributing editor and Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings on Saturday accused MSNBC analyst Perry Bacon Jr. of echoing "talking points from the White House."

Read more: http://newsbuster...UQY7WNbv
geokstr
1.7 / 5 (6) May 26, 2013
So now we know what would happen to the newspapers if Koch bought them. Coercion, corruption and manipulation. Typical of the whole of the tea party movement.

Oh, you mean like Obama did with the IRS, the EPA, the FEC, the FCC, HHS, and every other agency of the Federal government when Soros bought the presidency for him, aided and abetted by a slavish, Lewinskying "unbiased", "objective", "neutral", "news" media, which included the LA Times (which is still hiding a video that is damaging to Obama) and the entire professoriate.

Gosh, that would be so awful to have an actual conservative voice in the midst of all that leftling cacaphony.

The only thing you know about the Tea Party movement is what you read at Media Matters and the NY Times. Were you at all critical of the so-called Occupy movement?

No? Color me unsurprised.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013

Because the Sierra club fights for the good of the people. The Koch's fight to line their own pockets and establish a selective plutocracy that feeds their estate.

Then there is no reason to hide their actions.
" we taxpayers, including those impacted regulatory victims, are put on the hook for legal fees of both colluding parties. According to a 2011 GAO report, this amounted to millions of dollars awarded to environmental organizations for EPA litigations between 1995 and 2010. Three "Big Green" groups received 41% of this payback: Earthjustice, $4,655,425 (30%); the Sierra Club, $966,687; and the Natural Resources Defense Council, $252,004. Most of this was paid to environmental attorneys in connection to lawsuits filed under the Clean Air Act, followed next by the Clean Water Act." http://www.cfact....le-game/
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013
"While the environmental group is given a seat at the table, outsiders who are most impacted are excluded, with no opportunity to object to the settlements. Accordingly, both the litigants and the defendant agency, operating in coffee bars and friendly courtroom shadows, avoid the harsh outside glare of oversight. No public notice about the settlement is released until the agreement is filed in court…after the damage has been done."
"there is evidence that top bureaucrats have even used private e-mail accounts and aliases to cover culpability tracks."
"It's about a culture of hiding an extreme agenda from Americans because it can't be sustained in public debate.""
http://www.forbes...zations/
Why do 'liberals' have to hide their socialism if it is so good for 'the people'?
Howhot
3 / 5 (2) May 26, 2013
Oh, you mean like Obama did with the IRS, the EPA, the FEC, the FCC, HHS, and every other agency of the Federal government when Soros bought the presidency for him, aided and abetted by a slavish, Lewinskying "unbiased", "objective", "neutral", "news" media, which included the LA Times (which is still hiding a video that is damaging to Obama) and the entire professoriate.


You mean like this; http://www.bartco...care.jpg

Typical of you wags to say baseless thing and circle the wagons around made up issues.
geokstr
1.7 / 5 (6) May 26, 2013
And Howhot, I have to agree with you that Tea Party rallies were hotbeds of crime, and rape, and filth, and disease, and arson, and trespassing, and destruction of public and private property, and vandalism, and defecating on police cars, and vandalism, and drugs, and murders, and provided a haven for people firing guns on the White House and making bombs and even some really bad stuff too.

Oh, wait...

That was the Occupiers, the faux leftwing "movement" funded by Soros, the unions, the communists, the socialists, and worse.
http://www.breitb...--So-Far

And this "movement" was publicly supported by Obama, Pelosi, and other top Democrats, when, like Maxine Waters, who, when asked about the killings and crime of the Occupiers, shrugged and said: "That's life and it happens".
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013
"ews broke that the Department of Justice had subpoenaed phone records of the Associated Press and emails of a Fox News journalist in pursuit of government leakers. The media peppered the White House with questions about its commitment to the 1st Amendment."
"The White House has struggled to "give accurate information on a timely basis," said Martha Joynt Kumar, a political science professor at Towson University who studies the White House and its relationship with media."
http://www.latime...66.story
Sounds like the Kochs already own the paper.
geokstr
1.7 / 5 (6) May 26, 2013
You mean like this; http://www.bartco...care.jpg

Typical of you wags to say baseless thing and circle the wagons around made up issues.

What a joke.

I am not a birther, but some of the things on that list only a matter of opinion, some are total misstatements of fact, most I never even heard of before (and I follow politics no doubt a ton more then you), some were made up by leftist trolls and then picked up the "neutral media", and the rest had maybe a whole one or two conservatives believing in them.

Leftlings on this site are reasonably up on science but woefully ignorant of anything to do with politics.
geokstr
2.1 / 5 (7) May 26, 2013
The Koch brothers are anti-American...period...look at what their subsidiary Wisconsin, is doing...they are using their wealth and influence to deliberately HURT regular Americans...

More total ignorance. Can you even find Wisconsin on a map?

I lived in Milwaukee for over twenty years and followed the whole political struggle there very closely.

WI had a billion dollar deficit, so Scott Walker signed a law took away the bargaining power of non-essential public (not private) unions except for wages, while stopping the practice of automatic deductions for union dues and made union members pay a small part of their benefits.

Union membership immediately dropped over 50% when people were not forced to join. School districts used to be forced to buy a union-sponsored health insurance plan. Once they were allowed to use competitive bidding, almost all abandoned the union plan and found the same plan from private insurers for huge savings. (cont)
geokstr
2.1 / 5 (7) May 26, 2013
These savings amounted to nearly $100 MILLION every year, which means the unions were vastly overcharging for years, no doubt using it to buy more Democratic politicians who would then pass more laws favorable to unions and negotiate higher wages and benefits.

The school districts were nearly all in a deficit position, but between the health insurance savings and their new ability to change wasteful work practices, every school district was able to generate a SURPLUS, despite cuts in state funding. Except the districts that rushed to sign new contracts before the law took effect. They're still in the hole.

So the unions tried to recall Walker, pouring tens of millions from outside unions into the campaign, and he got a higher percent than in the first election.

The mayor of Milwaukee was his opponent, and couldn't even bring up the law limiting the unions, because he himself had used the new law to get non-union health coverage and close a $30 million city deficit. (cont)

ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013
The party is over if Jon Stewart bashes dear leader.
"Stewart slammed the IRS director who not only thought an apology was good enough for an IRS-related matter, but admitted she's not good at math. Stewart snarkily replied, "That's a good one, lady who works at the place that calculate people's taxes!""
http://www.reagan...ack.html
Maybe a few low information voters will learn something.
geokstr
1.7 / 5 (6) May 26, 2013
The WI state budget is now balanced without the usual tricks that Democrats always use, and without a single layoff of public employees, both of which would have been inevitable without the new law.

As an aside, the mayor of Milwaukee learned the same lesson that Romney learned in 2012. Never run when you can't use the biggest campaign issue out there without being called a hypocrite.
ryggesogn2
1.9 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013
""By releasing esteemed, long-tenured writers in favor of cheaper alternatives, the Voice has trivialized its content, as well as its writers' achievements and loyalty," Ashe wrote. "While its bottom line is undeniably crucial, the paper has sent the wrong message to its staff, who have now witnessed the industry's ceiling firsthand." "
http://www.breitb...he-Drain
How can they lose money in 'liberal' NYC?
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013
Because the Sierra club fights for the good of the people.


" Where the productive man {Kochs} dreams of the things he might create if only left alone by his fellows, the Progressive { Hottie, Sierra Club...} dreams of the world he could create if only the lives and property of his fellows were at his disposal. "

"As naked power-lust is a rather ugly motive, the Progressive rationalizes his desire to rule as a concern for human welfare { "it's forgo the people"}, seeing himself as a great humanitarian, far superior morally to the lesser beings who pursue merely "materialist" ends such as their own prosperity and who frequently object to his program for achieving Utopia. "

" the Progressive imagines himself capable of allocating resources and even directing entire industries far more efficiently than a free market, often despite not even having any business or scientific experience. "
(cont)
ryggesogn2
1.9 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013
"Once the Progressive is permitted to intrude however slightly into matters that are properly beyond the sphere of government, then all aspects of the individual's life may be subjected to control. Once any degree of coercion is permitted, then no level of force is out of bounds."
"We can only guess at what penalties Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Progressives would have imposed on those bold enough to criticize them had they been successful at sweeping away the First Amendment, but as the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act (an earlier attempt to limit free speech) provided for both fines and imprisonment, it is safe to say those penalties would have been quite heavy enough, and that inside every Progressive beats the heart of a true fascist. And what is perhaps most frightening of all is that in the age of Obama, they're not even trying very hard to hide it any more."
{Can you say IRS?}
http://frontpagem...an-screa
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (8) May 26, 2013
The source of the previous:

"Frontpage editors are pleased to announce the winner of our essay contest launched on April 5, 2013: "Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out."

The winner of the $1,000 first-place prize is N. A. Halkides. Mr. Halkides is a mathematician, systems analyst and freelance writer living in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. His essay, entitled Inside the Progressive Mind, is below."
http://frontpagem...t-out-2/
Howhot
2.3 / 5 (3) May 26, 2013
SNore... You guys are boring. Nothing I've read from you all is what it's made up to be. Typical of you tea wankers; Anti-union, anti-labor, anti-science, anti-education, anti-environment, anti-immigrant, anti-women, yet .. pro-plutocracy. Generally nothing good that has to do with people. All I have to do is just read one of your posts touting your so-called virtuous heaven that is Wisconsin. I guess the Koch family mafia is happy now and moved their Caribbean empire there. Haha. Likely in a pigs eye. To them, its fun to manipulate THEIR tea party minion at a whim to cut the pay of Union teachers, firefighters and police. Typical of the tea party.
VENDItardE
1.6 / 5 (7) May 26, 2013
Because the Sierra club fights for the good of the people

Are you fkng kidding me? the Sierra club is possibly the most elitist organization on the planet and definitely prefers snails to people.
Howhot
3 / 5 (2) May 26, 2013
Anyone can join the Sierra club and they support the environmental good stewardship of the planet. I prefer snails to tea partiers. I think most people do. Lol.
alfie_null
3 / 5 (2) May 27, 2013
Whew! Spewing large volumes of strong opinions. Like someone popped the cork out of the right-wing's bung hole, after shaking it up. Don't imagine anyone's views have changed, but it was a good opportunity to vent.

My usual concern in situations like this is: having large portions of some industry under the control of a small group or an individual means my choice becomes more limited. But that's already been happening to the newspaper industry for some time now.
ryggesogn2
1.8 / 5 (5) May 27, 2013
I prefer snails to tea partiers.

Like a good socialist. Better to kill people than animals.
Hottie is an example of a 'progressive chauvinist'.

But that's already been happening to the newspaper industry for some time now.

And most newspapers spew propaganda for the dear leader.
geokstr
1 / 5 (3) May 27, 2013
...to cut the pay of Union teachers, firefighters and police. Typical of the tea party.

More total ignorance, but what else can you expect from a Collectivist drone?

No one's salary was cut, although they were asked to contribute a much smaller portion towards their benefits than the private sector employees pay instead of nothing at all. Leftlings are all for "free lunches" though.

And just to prove how uneducated you are about Wisconsin, police, firefighters, and other essential public safety unions were specifically excluded from the law. Their unions go on ripping off the public just as always.

You display your ignorance by simply "waving your hand" and dismissing everything I say, without disputing one line of it, because you can't.

Please note that I am giving you a huge benefit of the doubt by calling you "ignorant" of Wisconsin politics. Otherwise, I'd be forced to call you an outright liar, which is much more accurate.
geokstr
1 / 5 (2) May 27, 2013
After following the WI controversy quite closely, unlike those who read Mediamatters and watch Jon Stewart to get their "news", I have yet to see anything defending, or even disputing, the many hundreds of millions of dollars ripped off of the taxpayers over the years for highly inflated costs of health insurance for the union plans, which the public was forced to buy from them by contracts negotiated with their Democrat politicians.

In fact, in their own laughable defense of this practice, the unions said they were willing to re-negotiate the cost of their plan. How generous.

Care to provide some reasonably "neutral" cites, Howhot? Other than the Daily Worker.
geokstr
1 / 5 (3) May 27, 2013
Whew! Spewing large volumes of strong opinions. Like someone popped the cork out of the right-wing's bung hole, after shaking it up. Don't imagine anyone's views have changed, but it was a good opportunity to vent.

My usual concern in situations like this is: having large portions of some industry under the control of a small group or an individual means my choice becomes more limited. But that's already been happening to the newspaper industry for some time now.

Yes, obviously only rightwingers "spew", right alfie? For your scientific enlightenment, all humans have "bungholes", even leftists.

And what a crock about "...having large portions of some industry under the control of a small group or an individual means my choice becomes more limited." Were you complaining all these decades when that same portion of the industry was and is controlled by the left?

No? Another coincidence. I am again totally surprised...not.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (4) May 27, 2013
geo, I was looking up WI unemployment stats and came across a 'liberal' site that asserted WI unemployment was dropping only because fewer people were looking for work.
I don't know if that's true for WI, but it is true for the USA overall yet the 'liberals' brag on how US unemployment rates are 'stable' and it is well documented such data IS skewed by those dropping out of the database.
Howhot
not rated yet May 27, 2013
Overall unemployment still sucks at 7.5%. It's certainly better than when we were in the tank with the Bush economy back in 2008-2009. Certainly things have picked up though, once again proving that when you do the right things, the direction of events is sure to follow; http://www.bartco...fact.jpg

To answer @R2's and the @geok guys here is what a reliable source says on the Cheese heads. Not looking good. It appears to be rising. And Rising quickly! It's funny, just about every other state has falling unemployment. Great show there tea party!

http://www.deptof...sconsin/
Howhot
not rated yet May 28, 2013
@alfie_null says
Like someone popped the cork out of the right-wing's bung hole, after shaking it up.
Yeah, it's more like paddling a canoe upstream a sh*t creek after that cork was pulled. Haha.
Yeah, like the @geok guys and the WI unemployment is something to be proud of. It has a 7.1% unemployment compared to the 7.5% national average. Good for them, aye? Well the year before they where 6.7%. So unemployment increased 0.4%. R2 and the Geok guys will have a fit over that, but every time I've seen GOP take power, it's always like this. It's like the social wing of their party takes over and flips everyone the bird. It's like I said earlier;
Anti-union, anti-labor, anti-science, anti-education, anti-environment, anti-immigrant, anti-women, yet .. pro-plutocracy.
My brother argues it's the 3 Gs. Gays, God and Guns is the what controls republican base now.

It just puts the GOP right in the pocket of the plutocrat Kochs.

kochevnik
1 / 5 (2) May 28, 2013
The Kochs are the epitome of what liberty is all about.
Their father was motivated by Stalin's tyranny and passed on that opposition.
Although outwardly anti-Jewish with his purges of the Trotskiysts, Stalin knew he spearheaded the effort of Jewish Bolshevism commonly called communism. The senior Koch knew that ideaology is simply a guilded cage in which to capture the limited imaginations of the goyum. Along with murdering upward of 100million in their CCCP, zionists as the Kochs gain influence advocating mutually-contradictory thinktanks in regions, woven together by the thread of zionist control. Even while purging Jews, Stalin took on Jewess wives for he knew well his handlers

Kochs simply spearhead zionism at the expense of anything and everything else. Zionism is their tribe and their tribalism is bound together by a hatred for all outside their innermost circle, including most Jews who are considered chattel