The Government Co-Option of Newspapers Bill hits Congress

posted at 9:29 am on March 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t take long for Democrats to try bailing out and co-opting an industry that they see as vital to their cause.  Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) wants to have the federal government fund newspapers, providing the faltering industry with subsidies in exchange for control over their editorial decisions.  They would also become — I’m not kidding — charitable institutions (via Michelle, emphases mine):

With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.

“This may not be the optimal choice for some major newspapers or corporate media chains but it should be an option for many newspapers that are struggling to stay afloat,” said Senator Benjamin Cardin.

A Cardin spokesman said the bill had yet to attract any co-sponsors, but had sparked plenty of interest within the media, which has seen plunging revenues and many journalist layoffs.

Cardin’s Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code, giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.

Under this arrangement, newspapers would still be free to report on all issues, including political campaigns. But they would be prohibited from making political endorsements.

Advertising and subscription revenue would be tax exempt, and contributions to support news coverage or operations could be tax deductible.

By the way, the Obama administration plans to limit tax deductions for charitable donations.  Maybe Cardin didn’t get that memo, but it would seem to undermine the direction of the newspaper bailout.  Who’s going to donate to newspapers when deductions to real charities — like foodshelves, shelters, churches, and the like — will get less shelter from the IRS?

That’s not the real problem with this plan, however.  This plan tries to place a failing delivery model into amber through government absorption.  The conversion to non-profit is a sick joke; they’re already non-profit, in fact if not in plan.  The solution isn’t to have government fund them, but for news outlets to find better delivery models that can make a profit and keep them in business.

More critically, government funding for news media completely obliterates the reason for having news media at all.  As I wrote in January:

The only reason — the only reason — that news media is vital to a democracy is its independence from government.  Think about this.  Is The National Enquirer vital to democracy?  Will the Republic fall if Entertainment Weekly suddenly closed its doors?  Not at all, not even if the entire paparazzi industry suddenly collapsed.

The need for a truly independent media is to make sure that the citizenry is fully informed of government activity and policy, and not just relying on the self-serving communications from elected officials.  Without independence, newspapers and other media have as much value as press releases from Congressional offices.

Now, what happens when government suddenly takes a stake in newspapers and other media?  Can they remain independent — or will they cater themselves to those politicians who support those subsidies and target politicians who don’t?  In fact, the very act of asking for those bailouts has destroyed their independence and credibility on political matters, the very core of what makes a free media necessary for a democracy.

A news media dependent on government funding and political protection becomes an organ of government, not an independent entity for informing a free people.  The Obama administration might just as well have Organizing for America distribute newsletters door to door with the Approved Information of the Day.  Once newspapers become dependent on government for their survival, they will do nothing to jeopardize their standing with that government, at the state or federal level.  They will form an Orwellian Ministry of Information for whichever party is in charge.

Real journalists would reject this idea.  Let’s see who signs on.


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You make it sound like the newspapers weren’t already wholely owned affiliates of the govt already.

MarkTheGreat on March 25, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Beck called this months ago.

True_King on March 25, 2009 at 9:30 AM

The day this happens is the day this country is officially dead.

Doughboy on March 25, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Oh, and this brings us one step closer to a government owned press. This is extremely dangerous, much like the GIVE Act that will lead to conscription.

I hope people are paying attention, but I fear most here aren’t.

True_King on March 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM

So, all of the newspaper advertising and flyers will now be ‘sponsorships’ instead?

You can’t make up this stuff. These guys are utterly clueless bafoons. We’d have more meaningful legislation crafted by a classroom of 5th graders than what comes out of pelosi’s ‘think tank’.

gatorboy on March 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM

This is an outrage. How in hell do you justify this? I cannot find words to express my anger if this were to pass.

javamartini on March 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Oh great, now socialized newspapers, what next?

Maxx on March 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM

There’s this thing called the First Amendment…guess that part of the Constitution doesn’t matter anymore.

When “government” owns newspapers, then there is no freedom of the press.

coldwarrior on March 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM

So much for an ‘Independent Press’….

At least now they can come out of denial…

BigWyo on March 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Real journalists would reject this idea.

That species has been extinct in the MSM for several generations.

MarkTheGreat on March 25, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Once newspapers become dependent on government for their survival, they will do nothing to jeopardize their standing with that government, at the state or federal level.

That would hold true with a republican and democrat led government.

They will form an Orwellian Ministry of Information for whichever party is in charge.

But this would begin and expand under a liberal run government. It is the liberals, not conservatives, who think that the government must make everyone equal. And as we saw last week, they are not above NAZI-esque tactics to force compliance.

csdeven on March 25, 2009 at 9:35 AM

We have to pay for Progressive Propaganda now? What did Orwell call this Newspeak.

Dr Evil on March 25, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Other than disrupting the lives of people who enjoy holding the actual newspaper whiloe drinking coffee, what would be all that different if newspapers shut down?

Couldn’t the newspapers go to an all online format? That keeps journalists employed. It keeps information flowing.

I don’t see why we should bail out a failing format.

myrenovations on March 25, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Well, if the newpapers get bailed out, they can drop the pretension of being objective. They will truly be the Propaganda arm of a Socialist Government.

kingsjester on March 25, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Liberalism unchecked easily becomes fascism.

Liberalism unchecked easily becomes fascism.

Liberalism unchecked easily becomes fascism.

Liberalism unchecked easily becomes fascism.

Now, is there any doubt about it?

coldwarrior on March 25, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Great. PBS and NPR in print.

/sarc

Wethal on March 25, 2009 at 9:39 AM

All this time I’ve been casting my vote against worthless rags like The Birmingham News, The AJC, NYT by not subscribing to them. This would take that vote away from me.

“Help. I’m being supressed!”

AubieJon on March 25, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Why bail them out? The paper used to print them can be put to better use wiping people’s asses.

gsherin on March 25, 2009 at 9:39 AM

We all called this months ago.

If you haven’t read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, it’s time. You won’t believe how it maps out what’s happening today.

ex-Democrat on March 25, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Orwell’s Newspeak now we have to subsidize it?

Dr Evil on March 25, 2009 at 9:40 AM

The gov’t is snapping up everything.

Oh wait, that’s hyperbole and alarmism.

Back to sleep Uhhmerica.

artist on March 25, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Pravda

Buford on March 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

keep writing your congressmen. i might even go up to washington & sit in their offices just to say “vote no” a million times.

and protest. and keep each other informed. and pay down your debt.

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

They would not be able to endorse candidates.
Liberals would go into severe withdrawal without their daily bootlicks (and licks in other places) from the NYT and their ilk.
This will never come to pass.

either orr on March 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

i’m getting scared.

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2009 at 9:44 AM

The dimocrats already own the major newspapers and will try to shut down talk radio. Joseph Goebbels would be proud to see the Nazi propaganda machine back in force again.

volsense on March 25, 2009 at 9:44 AM

I hope people are paying attention, but I fear most here aren’t.

True_King on March 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Huh?

I read a lot of your comments and “get” about half, maybe.

Do you have some insight that the rest of us don’t about our fellow commenters?

My experience on Hot Air is that most commenters are quite aware of what’s going on and rally here quite a bit, (maybe we do too much on some days) to discuss the events of that day and gain understanding for the very purpose of getting the word out to people in our lives.

As far as intelligent dialog, there are some of the smartest people on the internet blogging here. I am in awe of the knowledge and wit of people that post here on Hot Air

I only guessing by your screen name that you’re a fellow Christian, so I have to ask if you are, what ever made you so damned judgmental?

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Pravda.

iurockhead on March 25, 2009 at 9:44 AM

the part about endorsing candidates will probably get amended out of the bill. because we would want the federally-funded newspaper to have free speech, right?

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2009 at 9:44 AM

There goes freedom of the press.

carbon_footprint on March 25, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Oops, Buford beat me too it.

iurockhead on March 25, 2009 at 9:45 AM

I guess the newspapers are to big to fail now.

I just can’t see where all this money is coming from. Even if you print it, it wont work unless you start printing $1000 bills again. Even then it might not be enough.

Brat4life on March 25, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Yep…But will reporters still yell “Freedom of the Press” and the “People have a right to know”…

We are arriving at TASS news…USSA will have to be stamped on top of the newspapers.

aigle on March 25, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Real journalists would reject this idea.

“Real” journalists would have prevented Dear Leader from being elected in the first place, if they had simply done their job.

Del Dolemonte on March 25, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Months ago, people were saying it was crazy talk to think the government would bail out the newspaper industry.

The whole “not able to endorse candidates” thing is baloney. If you write 50 articles about how good candidate X’s ideas are, then the explicit endorsement isn’t needed.

Some people would donate underwrite the newspapers, of course, just like they write checks to cover NPR or PBS. This will just soak up more of the charitable giving money. Not like Red Cross or United Way need it, anyway.

hawksruleva on March 25, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Aren’t these the same newspapers who call millions of people paying $2000 a piece, to drug and human smugglers, to sneak them into our country ILLEGALLY…………………………………………………..INNOCENT VICTIMS????? Americans are tired of this same old BS. Let the newspapes fail. Dport the Illegal Aliens after they’ve been discovered in workplace raids. Fund E-Verify!!!! Build the Fence!!!!

RealDemocrat on March 25, 2009 at 9:49 AM

You make it sound like the newspapers weren’t already wholely owned affiliates of the govt already.

MarkTheGreat on March 25, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Doggone it! You beat me to the punch!

This looks like a pay-off for those who lied to get our dear TOTUS elected.

The Socialist Liberal Media LIED; America died.

DannoJyd on March 25, 2009 at 9:49 AM

So, all of the newspaper advertising and flyers will now be ’sponsorships’ instead?

You can’t make up this stuff. These guys are utterly clueless bafoons. We’d have more meaningful legislation crafted by a classroom of 5th graders than what comes out of pelosi’s ‘think tank’.

gatorboy on March 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM

They are not buffoons, they are powerhungry opportunists. An opportunity that was afforded to them by the Republicans. Why wouldn’t they take advantage of the crisis to control media. If I was a statist that is exactly what I would do.

To control the media means to be in perpetual power. Also, that means that it will be much easier to integrate us into the New World Order. Most of our population will even notice it, and they won’t even know that our taxes will be going to a global financial body.

It is interesting to see that most people are blind to this, they can’t seem to put the obvious pieces together. This whole crisis is about eventual global governance with those at the top of the financial pyramid controlling all human assets.

Has anyone done a study on eugenics? That is the foundation of elitist thinking. They consider themselves to be superior to us cattle. We must be reduced in numbers and then what’s left is to be treated as you would livestock. Numbered and used for specific duties. That is the essence of the New World Order. The key to controlling populations is to control them economically.

True_King on March 25, 2009 at 9:50 AM

With a fawning media, an insular White House, and an arrogant Precedent tone-deaf to the runblings in Flyover Country, I believe Chicago Plastic Jesus will be surprised at the revulsion in which he held by many now, with many more to join those ranks in the very near future. (I can’t wait for Obama effigies to be burned, right alongside Pelosi’s, Reid’s, Frank’s, and Dodd’s effigies.) I think he will be dumbfounded by the citizenry’s reaction to him, and he will use any violent opposition to him and his policies as an excuse for Martial Law. Oh, and throwing away the 2nd Amendment, not through gun control but through gun confiscation. With Obama, it’s always been ‘his way, or the highway’. The American people will most certainly have something to say about that, much to his total surprise. He hates us dumb electorate, and shows his contempt for us every day. And people are starting to notice. I sure hope Obama is lining up countries to which he can apply for political asylum. He’s gonna need it.

RickZ on March 25, 2009 at 9:50 AM

true-king: my mother would have loved you. there is much in what you say. however, as small & shallow as this may seem in the grand scheme of things, i’m just trying to keep my taxes low & my Army strong.

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Who’s going to donate to newspapers when deductions to real charities — like foodshelves, shelters, churches, and the like — will get less shelter from the IRS?

Liberals – but they’re notoriously stingy, so it’ll never work. Once they realize that, the government grants will be endless.

FuriousAmerican on March 25, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Months ago, people were saying it was crazy talk to think the government would bail out the newspaper industry.

hawksruleva on March 25, 2009 at 9:48 AM

I didn’t think it was crazy that some in the government would propose bailing them out. Part of me still thinks it’s crazy that they’d actually go through with it.

If they do, these tea parties will go from having thousands in attendance to tens of thousands. And the protests could get violent very quickly. Bailing out banks and financial institutions is one thing. But the government essentially taking ownership of the newspaper industry would be an unprecedented powergrab that will strike fear in the hearts of almost every American.

Doughboy on March 25, 2009 at 9:54 AM

rickz: and we all thought America would never elect such an un-American liar to the White House either. let’s not count on the “public” as many of them are permanent kool-aid drinkers. we have to count on ourselves.

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Is there ANYTHING that our Leviathan government does not believe it has the duty or right to regulate, tax, or co-opt? I have resigned myself to the inevitability of the coming collapse and try to laugh at those Obama sychophants and supporters as our country implodes. But, sometimes, it is hard to watch.

At least my ammunition finally arrived, I have a zeroed weapon, and enough gold to get me to a secure location.

And look at the bright side, when the dollar collapses, I will be able to pay off my mortgage easily.

King of the Britons on March 25, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Unless this becomes a slippery slope in which they (Democrats) intend to include broadcast journalism I’m a little baffeled about them trying to control the print media. Their core constituancy can barely read the back of a cereal box, let alone a daily publication containing multisyllibic words.

Secondly I don’t understand how allowing tax breaks on advertising revenue will help. Subscriptions have to be up to attract advertisers. Perhaps Congress has figured out a way to legislate people’s reading habits (or lack of).

repvoter on March 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Has anyone done a study on eugenics? That is the foundation of elitist thinking. They consider themselves to be superior to us cattle. We must be reduced in numbers and then what’s left is to be treated as you would livestock. Numbered and used for specific duties. That is the essence of the New World Order. The key to controlling populations is to control them economically.

True_King on March 25, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Does that mean Barack Obama = Khan Noonian Singh?

Doughboy on March 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Where are the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and ELF? I would have thought the Green wackos would applaud the demise of those awful, tree-killing, evil corporations.

Stick it to the man, man!

Laura in Maryland on March 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM

ACORNization of the NY Times

faraway on March 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM

you people must be seeing a “movement” that i’m not seeing. the people that are angry are the same ones that voted against bambi in the first place.

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2009 at 9:57 AM

about ACORN: i just saw a blurb on tv where one of the flood-hit areas was calling for volunteers to help. how many ACORN-ites will respond?

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2009 at 9:58 AM

King of the Britons on March 25, 2009 at 9:55 AM

I honestly wonder what’s going to be left when I get back.

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 9:58 AM

I only guessing by your screen name that you’re a fellow Christian, so I have to ask if you are, what ever made you so damned judgmental?

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Sir, I have judged noone, I have merely observed. An observation is not a condemnation, I hope you understand that, quit confusing the two. If you have children I’m sure you judge their behaviour as well, or else you would not be able to provide the necessary guidance. Is Hitler evil? If you say yes then you have used your judgement to determine that yes he is evil. Judgment is an important acquired skill, and it is not the condemnatory judgement that The Lord is referring to. Context is important. I hope I have clearly explained the difference. I do not intend to offend but sometimes I do offend (if you allow yourself to be offended or not keep in context what I say) with my intent.

True_King on March 25, 2009 at 9:59 AM

More of the RoastBeefers who the newspapers support and enable to break our laws.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT6RkaWtei8

RealDemocrat on March 25, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Welcome to the Communist States of America! The CSA is back to enslave Amerika! I’d like to thank all of the truly stupid people that voted for this piece of trash to be the first communist in chief! You have sentenced your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to a life of misery with your fascination with someone that did not grow up in the USA; sorry, but being shipped from a life as a muslim child in Indonesia in order to spend the teenage years in Hawaii in the 70′s does not count as growing up in the USA.

Nice work democRats, I hope your children really like that new camp they will get to go to in their teenage years; just think, 2-4 years being indoctrinated as a communist shit disturber is so much more fun than 2 weeks at band camp chasing the opposite sex or devising sophomoric pranks.

calguyintexas on March 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2009 at 9:57 AM

People are slowly waking up. Unfortunately, a lot of them are like Goldie Hawn in Protocol. They pay no attention to current events and buy the newspaper to read their horoscope.

kingsjester on March 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Does that mean Barack Obama = Khan Noonian Singh?

Doughboy on March 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM

You will know them by their fruits.

True_King on March 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Ben Cardin is now channeling Hugo Chavez. To think that Michael Steele could now be in his Senate seat, if MD voters had more brains.

Newspapers don’t need Government money or control. Earth to editors: Write the truth, and people will buy newspapers, and you’ll make money.

Steve Z on March 25, 2009 at 10:01 AM

This is absurd. Geez, there’s a new crazy statist plot every frickin’ day. These people have to be stopped!

CP on March 25, 2009 at 10:02 AM

You do realize of course that it won’t take much conniving on the Fed’s part to trump up a reason to charge internet news services, thus requiring internet news bailouts, thereby making it impossible for anyone to have editorials on the ‘net, too.

This place will soon be illegal.

Hide and watch.

MBuck on March 25, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Gotta keep the cheerleaders happy, no?

That said my e-mail is down but I would love to see a link to this on hot air. Simply awesome!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94lW6Y4tBXs

tottoritodd on March 25, 2009 at 10:05 AM

The screaming you hear is Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine from beyond the grave.

Sefton on March 25, 2009 at 10:10 AM

true-king: my mother would have loved you. there is much in what you say. however, as small & shallow as this may seem in the grand scheme of things, i’m just trying to keep my taxes low & my Army strong.

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Thank you for your kind response. I understand your plight, I share it, but it is important to share the broader picture without losing sight of the current battle, that battle being the socialization of America.

We have so many good things in this country, and the battle must be fought to maintain our founding principles. I’m there with everyone here. But we cannot ignore history, nor ignore the larger context. Obama is consolidating power to the greater desire of world governance, not necessarily by him, but by the coalition of elitist that run the worldwide economic monopoly.

Obama is repeating the tactics of Mao, Hitler, Lenin, etc. Just yesterday the Congress rubberstamped the GIVE Act, a very important piece of legislation that has some mandatory guidelines that will further brainwash your children. It will also be amended to create a national police force, but nobody covered it, it’s amazing. That is the only reason I bring this stuff up, because no one else here does.

It’s interesting that when you begin to point out how asleep people are at the whell, you are deemed judgemental, a kook, a nut, yet everything I say you can document by doing a Google search and then some homework.

God Bless You

True_King on March 25, 2009 at 10:10 AM

True_King on March 25, 2009 at 9:59 AM

I’m just saying that most here are all on the same sheet of music. I share about 90 percent of your beliefs and concerns. I just don’t get why so many on our side have to look to constantly beating up fellow Conservatives and the former President as the means to address these issues.

By now we all get it, you didn’t think much of President Bush and you don’t think the rest us give the current situation in this country the gravity it deserves.

You don’t ever hear the rest of us railing against the media?
You don’t hear the rest of us commenting daily, hourly about our fears about how far these tools are going to take us to the left?

Come on man, we’re all on the same side.

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 10:10 AM

rickz: and we all thought America would never elect such an un-American liar to the White House either. let’s not count on the “public” as many of them are permanent kool-aid drinkers. we have to count on ourselves.

kelley in virginia on March 25, 2009 at 9:55 AM

The ‘public’ to which you refer, I think is only the urban public. America’s a big country, one never explored by Obama. He has no clue what opposition he will face by We the People to his insane policies. His lies are starting to catch up to him. Too slowly for my tastes, but, in these times that try men’s souls, I’ll take comfort whereever I can find it. I honestly think things will get out of control sometime in late summer/early fall. Obama’s moving so fast that I’ve had to reevaluate how long it would take for opposition to be ‘on the streets vocal’, if you know what I mean. I had originally thought maybe a year, but no longer. The pace of ‘hope and che’nge’ is mind-boggling.

RickZ on March 25, 2009 at 10:11 AM

At least my ammunition finally arrived, I have a zeroed weapon, and enough gold to get me to a secure location.

King of the Britons

Bravo, brother. Me, too. I’m even going so far as to learn forageable plants in my area. Prepare for every eventuality as best you can, then let the Lord lead.

Alba go Bragh!

MBuck on March 25, 2009 at 10:12 AM

The media is covered up with propaganda anyway… they might as well own it outright. Sigh, I remember the good old days when we laughed at the media in the USSR for being state owned propaganda machines.

popularpeoplesfront on March 25, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Did you know that Hitler believed in pretty much the same things as modern day democrats believe in? The only difference was that he was pro-war and more overtly nationalistic, but other than that, their stances on political issues are virtually the same. Don’t let them fool you into believing Hitler was a capiitalist. The Nazis tossed pro-free market books into bonfires.

Libertarian Joseph on March 25, 2009 at 10:15 AM

We should call this the “Pravda” propaganda bill…

dominigan on March 25, 2009 at 10:16 AM

The paper used to print them can be put to better use wiping people’s asses.

I thought that was reserved for our currency.

mossberg500 on March 25, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I honestly wonder what’s going to be left when I get back.

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 9:58 AM

So it is for sure that you will deploy for the RIP? About when do you depart for your Overseas Contingency Operation? Luckily, since we do not appear to be fighting terrorists anymore, you shouldn’t have any trouble /sarc

Well, good luck to you and God speed! If you ever need to know anything about Afghanistan, let me know – I have put many, many hours of research into the situation over there and would be happy to answer any questions.

As far as what you will come back to – make sure, whatever you do, you leave your family with good instructions because I fear the collapse is coming quickly – China and Russsia are both calling for dumping the dollar and a global currency. Britain came up short on bond sales. Paper money is useless and more and more people are starting to realize that.

King of the Britons on March 25, 2009 at 10:17 AM

All of this is meaningless. The newspapers are dying because nobody reads them, regardless of who their sugardaddy is.

keep the change on March 25, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I said here that changing them from (theoretically) for-profit to non-profits won’t change anything. It’s time that they change business models.

LFRGary on March 25, 2009 at 10:20 AM

King of the Britons on March 25, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Not just the RIP anymore. 13 months. No compensation now either it appears. Watch the New York Post in the next couple days for a senior warrant interview in a similar situation.

:-)

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 10:20 AM

This will never go through (I hope), but the fact that someone even proposed this lunacy is just another example of how far away this Congress has moved from our Constitution.

scalleywag on March 25, 2009 at 10:21 AM

All of this is meaningless. The newspapers are dying because nobody reads them, regardless of who their sugardaddy is.

keep the change

It is NOT meaningless. It is the lead-in to getting ALL the news sources under government control.

MBuck on March 25, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I hope people are paying attention, but I fear most here aren’t.

True_King on March 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM

My experience on Hot Air is that most commenters are quite aware of what’s going on and rally here quite a bit

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 9:44 AM

hawkdriver: You misunderstand True_King in assuming he is only talking about Hot Air commenters. Not all people are Hot Air commenters, even though all Hot Air commenters (excluding TOTUS) are people.

dominigan on March 25, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Hear that sound? It’s our forefathers thump thump thumping in their graves.

scalleywag on March 25, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Pravda.

bluelightbrigade on March 25, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Since we are going to subsidize the newspapers let’s go ahead a subsidize a liberal radio programming system; maybe we could call it NPR. We could also subsidize a TV system and call it, oh, NPT.

Pardonme on March 25, 2009 at 10:25 AM

but I fear most here aren’t.

I don’t want to go on about what he said, but what did I misunderstand?

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Even Obama avoided the MSM at his newsconference

The Gov should get out of the news business, sell PBS and NPR to the liberals who run it

A print newspaper in most cases today is a mouthpiece for whomever buys the most ads. It is just one more advertising circular for the interests of the advertisers, who use the ads to buy the editors who then pretend to be impartial to fool the reader. I.E. a political money laundering system
pretending to be an ad delivery system with important news attached

entagor on March 25, 2009 at 10:25 AM

It is NOT meaningless. It is the lead-in to getting ALL the news sources under government control.

What good does it do if people are not buying the newspapers to read them? That’s why they are going broke. Nobody wants to read newspapers anymore. It’s a dying medium.

keep the change on March 25, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Who’s going to donate to newspapers when deductions to real charities — like foodshelves, shelters, churches, and the like — will get less shelter from the IRS?

I’d like to donate $5.00 to the New York Times for their funeral expenses. Nothing would please me more than seeing a photo of Krugman, Rich, and Dowd standing in an unemployment line together with a sign above reading “unemployable talent only”.

Rovin on March 25, 2009 at 10:29 AM

I don’t want to go on about what he said, but what did I misunderstand?

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Ambiguous term. You assumed Hot Air. I assumed the United States of America.

dominigan on March 25, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Rovin on March 25, 2009 at 10:29 AM

oabama would give them positions in his administration before you’d see that happen. These guys are champions of the left.

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 10:31 AM

They would not be able to endorse candidates.
Liberals would go into severe withdrawal without their daily bootlicks (and licks in other places) from the NYT and their ilk.
This will never come to pass.

either orr on March 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Is attacking Conservative politicians/ideas while coddling Liberal politicians/ideas considering endorsing candidates? Because that is what is going on presently in media.

As far as the tax exempt part. Whenever the Govt funds anything they expect total obedience. Don’t believe me? The church has a similar deal now, and they have been threatened and shut down for bringing to light a politicians/partys action to the attention of their members.

SGinNC on March 25, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Not just the RIP anymore. 13 months. No compensation now either it appears. Watch the New York Post in the next couple days for a senior warrant interview in a similar situation.

:-)

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 10:20 AM

13 months?! Wow – when did that happen? I assume that you are not happy about that. Pardon my ignorance, but what do you mean by no compensation? Are you going as staff or a pilot? These Overseas Contingency Operations seem to be a lot like the old GWOT, no?

King of the Britons on March 25, 2009 at 10:33 AM

dominigan on March 25, 2009 at 10:30 AM

It’s possible. I guess I considered the tenet theme of his other posts which are normally not very complimentary towards fellow Conservatives.

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 10:34 AM

I hear they want to bring the staff from Granma to work on the paper.

Rbastid on March 25, 2009 at 10:35 AM

I can’t wait to hear the lib spin on this one; There is NO defense for it.

anniekc on March 25, 2009 at 10:36 AM

King of the Britons on March 25, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Hard to explain.

Basically I was moved to a non-deployable UIC because of my retirement status. On a flight to SC the other week, the boss was my co-pilot and he was still asking me to not retire and go with the unit. I told him if when they got there he thought it was bad enough in RC South that he could still SL me if he decided before Sept when my final date was. He said he needed me for the RIP, (you heard that part) and bingo I’m SLed. But they really can’t do it because of the non-deployable UIC. I have to “volunteer” to be moved back to the deployable UIC and withdraw my retirement paperwork. Therefore I’m not really being SLed and not entitled to the 500 dollars per month compensation in the new bill.

So, the whole mess was an interview yesterday with a reporter from the post about folks in my situation. Not sure what day it’ll run. Several folks from my unit had to do them.

Anyway, cool deal huh?

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 10:44 AM

A news media dependent on government funding and political protection becomes an organ of government, not an independent entity for informing a free people.

Doesn’t this also apply to church’s tax-exemptions? In fact, doesn’t it apply to all tax-exemptions? By treating some people, actions, or property differently than others, aren’t they creating more dependence on the government?

Isn’t Obama merely trying to give His church equal tax footing as other churches?

JohnJ on March 25, 2009 at 10:45 AM

There are but a few “real journalists” left working for the old print media. 99% of the so called journalists, are working in lock step with the Democrat Party. The Tea Parties should expand to the doorsteps of every element of the MSM…

May every element of the old MSM be flushed down the sewer of corruption, as they so richly deserve. The Democrats desire to keep this industry in tact is nothing short of an admission that they need this tool in order to continue to shape the news to fit their agenda. Republicans had better fight this move with everything they have left in the tank.

O.K., I’ll rephrase that to say “we had better fight that with everything we have left in the tank.

Keemo on March 25, 2009 at 10:46 AM

I can’t wait to hear the lib spin on this one; There is NO defense for it.

anniekc on March 25, 2009 at 10:36 AM

With all the bailouts that have gone down, the libs have built their own, ready-nade excuses: Others have been bailed out, and newspapers are too important and big to fail. That ‘inch’ and ‘a mile’ thing.

RickZ on March 25, 2009 at 10:46 AM

With all the bailouts that have gone down, the libs have built their own, ready-nade excuses: Others have been bailed out, and newspapers are too important and big to fail. That ‘inch’ and ‘a mile’ thing.

RickZ on March 25, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Can you imagine a bailout of the weapons industry attempt?

“Uh, no thanks, sales are fine!”

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 10:49 AM

hawkdriver on March 25, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Sorry to hear that brother. That makes my blood boil. Our corrupt, disgusting government will pinch pennies when it comes to screwing those who make all of the sacrifices for this war (oh, I am sorry, Overseas Contingency Operation), but will hand out billions/trillions to others. I swear, I would not be in the Army right now if it were not for the time invested.

Well, God bless you and good luck. I hope things work out the way you want them to. If you are inclined to do so, I would fight this with every ounce of your being. They shouldn’t do this to someone who already served and sacrificed like you have. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you out or if you go, let me know and I will get you a package in the mail.

King of the Britons on March 25, 2009 at 10:54 AM

I think it’s unConstitutional for the government to be involved in news or education.
It’s a clear conflict of interest.

jgapinoy on March 25, 2009 at 10:57 AM

What good does it do if people are not buying the newspapers to read them? That’s why they are going broke. Nobody wants to read newspapers anymore. It’s a dying medium.

keep the change

Because it’s not about the newspapers. It’s not about the newpapers at ALL. It’s about gaining control over the NEWS and EDITORIALS. Period. If you think they’ll stop before they get to Rush, Glen, and Michelle, you better think again. This is just one step on the path.

MBuck on March 25, 2009 at 10:57 AM

No to public newspapers.
Ban PBS & NPR.

jgapinoy on March 25, 2009 at 10:57 AM

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