Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Am I alone here or is this a very dangerous idea? Congress is moving to "save" local papers by allowing them to restructure as nonprofits with tax breaks. Maybe it's just me but our government acting to prop up failing bits of the press with strings attached is a very very bad thing, especially when those strings dictate content as they do here. For example, according to the article any such restructured paper would be prohibited from making political endorsements. I just can't see this as being good for our country or our currently-free press. If our press is truly going to be free, then we need to keep the government from bankrolling them or offering any other sort of financial support the government can use to bully the press.