After years of speculation that the LA Times was planning to buy the Orange County Register, a group of investors, all affiliated with the right-wing Lincoln Club of Orange County, have announced a bid to purchase the publication and save it from being co-opted by the “liberal media.”
Former California GOP Chairman Mike Schroeder, the attorney representing the investors said in an email leaked to LiberalOC, “It is important that we not allow our most powerful tool to fall into liberal hands. The Orange County Register is the major source of news in the county and we need it in order to maintain our slipping grip on political dialogue in Orange County while California is turning more and more liberal every year.”
For decades the Orange County Register has manipulated and controlled the political coverage in Orange County through not only its news coverage, but its editorial content.
“We must secure our political dominance over the framing of the news and political opinion in Orange County,” said Schroeder. “We cannot allow good Christian voices like Mark Landsbaum to be lost. He’s the most effective voice to communicate the message that Jesus Christ did not believe in Global Warming and that all liberals are agents of the Devil.”
LiberalOC Managing Editor Dan Chmielewski has complained for years that the publication does not include a single liberal, progressive, or even moderate columnist in the print edition of its editorial section. It is unclear how much the investors plan to spend on the acquisition, or exactly which members of the Lincoln Club are participating in the group. “If their bid is successful,” Chmielewski said, “they will succeed in creating their own version of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to control the bulk of Orange County media outlets.”
“The Lincoln Club of Orange County has shaped California and national politics for over four decades,” Schroeder writes. “The business elite of Orange County, represented by this group of Lincoln Club members, believe that they should impose a business-like order on state politics. The purchase of the Orange County Register will help us manipulate the unaware electorate and continue the important work of fighting to reduce the power and scope of government, pushing for lower taxes, and more freedom for us all.”