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talastan
12-02-2009, 03:12 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE5B14H320091202?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true

Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Democratic lawmaker predicted on Wednesday that the government will be involved in shaping the future for struggling U.S. media organizations.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, saying quality journalism was essential to U.S. democracy, said eventually government would have to help resolve the problems caused by a failing business model.

Waxman, other U.S. lawmakers and regulators are looking into various options to help a newspaper industry hurt by the shift in advertising revenues to online platforms.

Tweaks to the tax code to allow newspapers to spread losses over a greater number of years, providing a nonprofit structure to allow for public and foundation funding, and changes to antitrust laws are being considered by lawmakers and policymakers.

"Eventually government is going to have to be responsible to help and resolve these issues," Waxman told a conference hosted by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on the future of journalism.

Free Press, a public interest group, said the search for solutions to the crisis in journalism should be premised on the idea that news-gathering is a public service, not a commodity.

Waxman's "indication that government has a role to play is both bold and soberly sensible," said Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott on the sidelines of the FTC conference.

At the Federal Communications Commission, officials are embarking on a quadrennial review of the state of U.S. media. The study, which is mandated by Congress, seeks to determine whether current rules should be changed to allow for a more vibrant media industry serving a diverse audience.

As advertising sales shrink and more people get information and entertainment online, media companies want more freedom to merge and own multiple outlets in particular locations.

Sentiment also is growing that the Internet and other technological advances have rendered media regulation debates obsolete, industry observers say.

The FCC rules have come up for review before, but the stakes are higher now, with broadcasters and publishers like Tribune Co in bankruptcy.

U.S. media ownership rules generally prohibit a company from owning a television broadcaster and a newspaper in the same market but exemptions have been granted over the years.

Waxman was wary of such cross-media ownership structures.

"Even greater consolidation of the business has not helped," Waxman said.

(Reporting by John Poirier; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

Wow that is very disturbing....:shake:

BucEyedPea
12-02-2009, 03:17 PM
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, saying quality journalism was essential to U.S. socialism, said eventually government would have to help resolve the problems caused by a failing business model.

Fixed part of the article. More signs we're being totalitarianized and socialized!

talastan
12-02-2009, 03:18 PM
"We have to abandon free press to save free press!!!" Something along those lines?!

Donger
12-02-2009, 03:20 PM
He's arguing that the decline of newspaper circulation is a threat to democracy?

jjjayb
12-02-2009, 03:20 PM
I wonder if the German citizens saw what was happening too them as the Nazi's slowly gained control? Did they just ignore all the little signs because it was too much to believe?

talastan
12-02-2009, 03:27 PM
He's arguing that the decline of newspaper circulation is a threat to democracy?

Yes because they use the theoretical fourth branch of government; the Free Press as a watchdog for the people. The problem is that Waxman and other progressives have their hands in the pocketbooks of the Media; eliminating the watchdog's bark and bite. A newpaper bailout will only allow them further control over what is being printed, and distributed IMO.

BucEyedPea
12-02-2009, 03:28 PM
Yes because they use the theoretical fourth branch of government; the Free Press as a watchdog for the people. The problem is that Waxman and other progressives have their hands in the pocketbooks of the Media and a newpaper bailout will only allow them further control over what is being printed, and distributed IMO.

Pockets in the media and the banks too.

talastan
12-02-2009, 03:29 PM
I wonder if the German citizens saw what was happening too them as the Nazi's slowly gained control? Did they just ignore all the little signs because it was too much to believe?

Hey I thought the Conservatives were the NAZIS?! :D

jjjayb
12-03-2009, 06:19 AM
Hey I thought the Conservatives were the NAZIS?! :D

Nazi's = German national socialism.

Funny thing, the Nazi's used the great derpresion as a tool to further their Anti-Capitalist beliefs and really take hold in Germany.

KCWolfman
12-03-2009, 11:36 AM
Oooooo good. I was worried that the government would allow the US free media to report unhindered and unbiased by their opinion.

Stalin made the Russian model perfectly. We should mold after them

RaiderH8r
12-03-2009, 12:09 PM
He's arguing that the decline of newspaper circulation is a threat to democracy?

He doesn't know AlGore invented teh innerwebz yet.

fan4ever
12-03-2009, 12:16 PM
I'm just so amazed, everyday, at the "in your face" corruption . . . balls the size of coconuts.

wild1
12-03-2009, 12:32 PM
"We have to abandon free press to save free press!!!" Something along those lines?!

They also feel we have to bury ourselves under an ocean of debt in order to get out of debt.

ROYC75
12-03-2009, 05:58 PM
This is really getting embarrassing anymore, this administration, house & senate are criminals with all the controls at the present time. The best hope & change we can get is the elections in 2010 & 2012.

Norman Einstein
12-03-2009, 06:06 PM
They also feel we have to bury ourselves under an ocean of debt in order to get out of debt.

I doubt there is anyone on the earth that can explain that theory of getting the country out of debt.

As far as I can see only the big dogs are getting 'out of debt', the little guys are still going to struggle and the big dogs will be doing fine by giving back 2%of their windfall to help us little guys.

Most of us are broke now, what will it be like when the shit hits the fan?