Tuesday, April 21, 2009

News Talk Online April 21, 2009: Government Helping The Ailing Newspaper Industry

Today on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com we carried live a congressional subcommittee hearing on the struggling newspaper industry. We then discussed the hearing, and the issue, on the program.

My questions is a simple "why?"

Why would the government be interested in discussing the business concerns of the newspaper industry? If Congress is considering bailing the newspapers out, then I say, it's time to draw a line in the sand.

This one is a no-brainer.

Government has no business bailing out newspapers. And newspapers have no business going to Capitol Hill looking for help.

The second the government has a financial interest in the newspapers who are pledged to watchdog that very government is the second we lose a free press in the United States.

Leave the "official newspaper" designation to Pravda in Russia or to the People's Daily in China or the Iran Daily in Tehran.

I was also concerned that some committee members used the hearing as a bully pulpit to attack certain news organizations that they felt were unkind to their political point of view. If the congressmen want to blast the news media while on the campaign trail that's one thing. But not during a committee hearing that's designed purportedly to investigate the problems of the news media.

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