A number of federal elected oaficials (intentionally misspelled) are testing the waters for a concept where they will take our money to bail out the main stream media (lame stream media, drive by media). In April, John Kerry called for congressional hearings. You should be encouraged that Senator Kerry cares so much about workers and the fate of our country.
“”America’s newspapers are struggling to survive, and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved, including hundreds at the Globe, there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount.”
In November The Nation gave advice on how to save newspapers. It is interesting that some solutions suggested by the authors for a “free and independent press” included the words “subsidies” and “massive increase in funding.” They also channel the Framers (founding fathers) who, they claim, in order to “assure that a free and independent press may exist; it must set policies and expend resources with an eye toward guaranteeing that an independent free press will exist.”
No word on how a free press will remain free when it is paid by the very government officials who write the checks. They do address the fact that consumers no longer want the product that papers are selling.
Most recently, Henry Waxman (D-CA)seemed to repeat the drum beat of both Kerry and The Nation. In addition to the above ideas, Waxman suggested new tax structures and potentially even granting tax-exempt status to news media outlets. As you read this quote from Waxman remember these wise words…Everything before but is bull:
“[it is not Congress’ place to] deny the evolution of media, but as we look at these various solutions, government’s going to have to be involved in one way or the other. Eventually, government is going to have to be responsible to help resolve these issues and our whole society depends very much on reaching some resolution of the problem.”
Hold on to your wallet and let me translate for you…