So the news that former Republican legislator Glen Taylor is buying the usually left-leaning Strib has some wondering aloud whether that means the paper will be moving to the right.
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"Conservative Republican to buy Star Tribune." Let that sink in for just a moment.
However, during an interview with WCCO yesterday, the owner of the Timberwolves and Lynx said he won't let his politics impact the tone of the Strib's coverage.
"I think that people that worked with me over at the legislature will know that I am a person who can take in many different viewpoints," he said.
Taylor won't comment on what he's paying for the Strib, but a media journalist who spoke to the New York Post estimates the Strib's sale price was about $100 million, and that the paper made about $30 million in profits last year.
But Taylor admits that buying the Strib isn't all about money. Asked by Fox 9's Tom Lyden whether the decision to purchase his home state's largest newspaper is about business or altruism, Taylor said, "If I had to put a number on it, I'd say, 50-50."
We called Taylor's office last week seeking comment on rumors he was interested in buying the Strib, but he never got back to us. As you'd expect, the Strib itself broke the news of the purchase agreement.
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