newspapers begging for bailout?

14Nov08

This piece by Jon Fine raises the question of whether newspapers should get in on the U.S. financial bailout. Although it’s labeled as tongue-in-cheek, perhaps there’s something there. As he notes, newspapers are an institution that is essential to democracy. After seeing the car companies go begging after even more years of incompetent management than newspapers, why shouldn’t the media get a little help?

This would make the public service aspect even clearer. At the same time, this would open the whole issue of media independence. Perhaps there’s a middle ground that could be found.

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