Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Does Anyone Else Have a Problem with This?

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.

2 comments:

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Newspapers should innovate or get crushed. People stopped reading when papers stopped offering something worth reading, offered it online for free, and we stopped teaching newer people how to read in schools.

Scrap this bill.

DADvocate said...

Not being able to make political endorsements would certainly end freedom of the press. But, that is a restriction on non-profits (but not really).

But, I agree with Pat. Innovate or die. There's a tremendous of amount of innovation going on. The Christian Science Monitor is web only now. Blogs, Kindle, all sorts of opportunities but newspapers are like dinosaurs unable to adapt to a changing environment.