Donald Trump wants to buy the ‘Times,’ though he knows he won’t (and so do we)

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There's really no other item to lead with today: Donald Trump wants to buy The New York Times.

Joe Hagan reports on New York's Daily Intel blog:

According to sources familiar with the situation, Trump has engaged in more than one meeting to discuss how he might buy the Grey Lady. Details of Trump’s strategy remain scant. And it seems unlikely, to say the least, that the Sulzberger family, which controls the company's voting shares, would welcome his offer.

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Hagan, of course, is far from being the only person skeptical of Trump's supposed maneuverings to acquire the paper of record.

"Donald, I am prepared to pledge $1 million to the charity of your choice if you buy The New York Times," writes Jeff Bercovici.

UPDATE: Hagan spoke with Trump, who described his interest in buying the Times as being in the "evaluation stage."

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Mark Miller's post-Newsweek gig is at The Hollywood Reporter. [New York Post]

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Lit-site The Millions is getting into the e-book business. [LAT/Jacket Copy]

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CNN topped the Inauguration cable news ratings:

According to Nielsen Fast National data, on Monday, January 21 the day of President Obama’s second inauguration, CNN was top rated during all key coverage blocks in total viewers, demo adults 25-54 and 18-34:

11:45am -12:15pm (Oath and Inaugural address):

CNN: 3.136m total viewers/1.107m adults 25-54/454k adults 18-34
FNC: 1.316m total viewers/294k adults 25-54/53k adults 18-34
MSNBC: 2.273m total viewers/706k adults 25-54/291k adults 18-34

CNN tops competition combined in key demo 25-54 and 18-34

8-11pm (primetime)

CNN: 3.573m total viewers/1.266 adults 25-54/432k adults 18-34
FNC: 1.666m total viewers/254k adults 25-54/26k adults 18-34
MSNBC: 1.365m total viewers/456k adults 25-54/87k adults 18-34

CNN tops competition combined in total viewers, key demo 25-54 and 18-34

Total Day (6am-3am)

CNN: 1.923m total viewers/657k adults 25-54/236k adults 18-34
FNC: 1.104m total viewers/227k adults 25-54/28k adults 18-34
MSNBC: 1.095m total viewers/354k adults 25-54/91k adults 18-34

CNN tops competition combined in key demo 25-54 and 18-34