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— Karl Marx

Baltimore Sun Newspaper Sold

Jan 29, 2024

The Baltimore Sun, the city’s main daily newspaper, has been bought by David Smith, a multi-millionaire television executive of Sinclair Broadcast Group, who has lived in the city his entire life. For the past three years the paper had been owned by Alden Global Capital, a financial-management company. But Baltimore Sun employees aren’t so happy with the paper’s new owner.

In a meeting with 60 of the paper’s staff, Smith said he hadn’t read the Sun for the past 40 years! Yet he had many criticisms of the 186-year-old paper. He said he wanted the Sun to run more articles about crime and government dysfunction. He wanted the paper to be more like Fox 45 news, a local TV station owned by Sinclair with a politically conservative bent.

Smith’s family foundation has contributed a lot of money to conservative groups, including over $500,000 to Project Veritas, a right-wing group that has carried out sting operations on journalists, government officials and political activists.

What exactly will happen at the Baltimore Sun now is not clear. But what is clear is that the chances of having a major local newspaper that provides something more than simply “fake news” are growing dimmer.