Newsonomics: Can a Bezos Buddy Act Help Fend Off Gannett’s Bid for Tribune?

On Thursday, Tribune Publishing chairman Michael Ferro took to the airwaves, selling investors on his rejection of a seemingly generous takeover bid by Gannett. The company’s spent recent days talking up its potential for growth on its own — notably the planned “content monetization engine” it calls Tronc.

In this latest chapter of Tribune’s unbelievable saga — from Sam Zell to Jack Griffin to Ferro — the new boss invoked someone he knew would capture attention: Jeff Bezos.

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