Behind the Scenes, Billionaires’ Growing Control of News

May 27, 2016 3:12 PM

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Behind the Scenes, Billionaires’ Growing Control of News

This month, some in Utah voiced concern when a member of a wealthy and influential Huntsman family, Paul Huntsman, bought one of the state’s two major dailies, the struggling Salt Lake Tribune. Mr. Huntsman’s brother, Jon, is the former Utah governor who ran for president in 2012. His father, Jon Sr. — the chief generator of the family fortune — has had a prominent role with the Mormon Church. As The Associated Press reported, this worries some civic leaders, given that The Tribune stands as an independent counterbalance to the church-owned Deseret News.

Paul Huntsman has pledged to protect the newspaper’s independence, and if he keeps his promise he could be more akin to the relatively new billionaire owners of The Washington Post (the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos) and The Boston Globe (the investor John Henry). Their newsrooms have praised them for d...

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