March 20, 2009

Newspaper Bailouts vs. Fairness Doctrine

Let me get this straight, the same party that wants to re-instate the Fairness Doctrine as backdoor way of silencing the voices of the right, are also the ones who want to look into the anti-trust laws in order to help save left leaning newspapers?

Michael Calderone at Politico quotes Attorney General Eric Holder as saying;

"I think it's important for this nation to maintain a healthy newspaper industry. So to the extent that we have to look at our enforcement policies and conform them to the realities that that industry faces, that's something that I'm going to be willing to do," Holder said.

Some struggling newspapers in multiple-newspaper cities have limited antitrust immunity under the 1970 Newspaper Preservation Act, allowing them to combine business activities while maintaining separate news operations.

Gee, I think the AG's new nickname should be "Place". It should come as no surprise that the hypocrisy involved is second only to the hubris. The problem with this is that the print media as well as the majority of television media will play along with this because it in the case of print, it's in their self interest to do so, and in the case of both print and television, it's in their ideological interest to do so.

And the stunning pretzel-twist flexibility with which they will try to rationalize this will exceed even this transparent non sequitur;

It's okay to save failing liberal newspapers in the name of public discourse, but right wing talk radio needs to be killed the same way pornography needs to be killed?

How people fall for this in this day and age is mind-boggling. Please, please, please, if you have any liberal or politically independent friends or family, make them aware of this hypocrisy.

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