When in doubt, bail them out!

Finally! Now that the debt-plagued New York Times is down to its last paltry millions, the government is sounding the wake-up call.

Leading the charge, Senator John Kerry is calling for government rescue of the failing newspaper industry:

"America's newspapers are struggling to survive, and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved, including hundreds at the Globe, there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount," Mr. Kerry said.

Most newspapers are in similar circumstances as the industry struggles with the worst job losses on record and plummeting revenues. Faced with competition from online and broadcast sources, all papers now seek multimedia ways to deliver their news and monetize their content.

"I am committed to your fight, committed to your industry and committed to ensuring that the vital public service newspapers provide does not disappear," Mr. Kerry told the Globe employees.

All well and good. But shouldn't the government be bailing out ailing churches as well? Church attendance is at an all-time low, and (especially in urban areas) many churches have been forced to close.

I'm also thinking about the long-term future of the blogosphere. What if this is all just another "bubble" -- doomed to burst just like any other bubble? If that happens, shouldn't the government intervene?

Not to say that I have any personal motivation, but if traffic falls here at Classical Values, some government revenue couldn't hurt.

(As the saying goes, free speech does not come free!)

posted by Eric on 04.22.09 at 11:02 AM










Comments

He wants to save the newspapers and he wants "diversity of opinion and strong debate".
Well, which?
Kerry never could make up his mind.

Lark   ·  April 22, 2009 6:29 PM

If no one reads them then they perform no public service.

lonetown   ·  April 22, 2009 10:22 PM

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