On January 12, the Texas Public Media Association announced that it had acquired the San Antonio Express-News for $100 million in cash and stock.
The Express-Journal had been run by longtime publisher Mark Henninger since 2005, but Henningers departure in 2016 led to the creation of The San Antonio Current, which has long been regarded as a “liberal publication” and has long sought to push conservative views.
It was also a newspaper that published a number of stories critical of President Donald Trump.
The current owner, James Stetson, had previously been the owner of the San Jose Mercury News, which was the third largest paper in the state and was owned by billionaire John Malone.
(Malone was the founder of Liberty University, the right-wing Christian university founded by Jerry Falwell.)
Since January, the San Francisco Chronicle has also been bought by The New York Times.
The New England Press is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, which is currently looking for a buyer.
It is not clear what the new owners intend to do with the San Jacinto Current, but it is widely expected that it will be folded into The San Francisco Current, the New York Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
In its press release announcing the sale, The San Jacinta Current noted that it is “dedicated to providing high-quality, accurate, independent journalism.”
Its website is full of conservative and pro-Trump stories.
But the newspaper also publishes several other stories critical, as well as favorable, of the president, including one by Andrew Kaczynski, who has written for the conservative American Spectator.
“The San Jacinos new ownership has a history of being a progressive paper, and it is also an excellent outlet for conservative voices,” Kaczyins piece said.
“But it seems to be a more partisan outlet than the other major liberal media outlets, with a long history of favoring liberals and supporting Trump.
So it seems that this new ownership of the paper is not about the politics, it is about the bias.”
The new owners have not yet responded to Ars’ request for comment.