Rendell's Interest in Philly Papers Sparks Controversy

He and others with business and political interests are leading a group working to buy the Philadelphia Inquirer.
by | February 24, 2012
 

Reporters and editors at Philadelphia's two primary newspapers -- the Inquirer and the Daily News -- are raising questions about plans by a group of investors, including former Gov. Ed Rendell, to acquire the publication, NPR reports.

Rendell, along with New Jersey businessman and political boss George Norcross III, is among a group of investors seeking to purchase the two financially troubled newspapers. But reporters at the publications have said they believe the men hope to buy the media outlets in order to affect coverage of their political and financial activities, NPR reports.

Rendell has promised that his business activities at the newspapers would be separated from newsroom operations. Rendell says that a previous owner of the Inquirer and Daily News, Walter Annenberg, also had political and business interests. But NPR reports that Annenberg was "one of the nation's most morally corrupt newspaper publishers of his day."

Meanwhile, NPR reported that there is already some evidence that the newspapers' existing executive has been interfering with the publications' news coverage of the potential sale.

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