Turning the Page on Newspaper Ownership Rules: New Paper from Heritage

by on May 8, 2008 · 14 comments

In case you haven’t read about it in a newspaper yet,  The Heritage Foundation this week released a new paper of mine on the FCC’s new newspaper cross-ownership rule and congressional efforts to “disapprove” the changes.  I argue that the 21st century hasn’t been kind to the newspaper.  As I’ve pointed out before (here and here) newspapers just aren’t the powerhouse they once were: few citizens today get their first or last news of the day from a bundle of paper tossed in the azaleas by a teenager on a bicycle.

Bottom line:  not only are the FCC’s changes justified, but the agency didn’t go nearly far enough. 

Here’s the full piece.

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com/2008/03/05/rumours-of-the-death-of-the-newspaper-have-been-greatly-exaggerated/ enigma_foundry

    Well though another process which is occurring is that newspapers are emerging as not for profits. There’s no reason why we can’t have great newspapers, run as not-for-profits.

    What’s more important–a vibrant and free press, whose goals would be the public good, or one that is owned by corporate interests, for profit.

    The benefits of a free press extend very far beyond the profitability of the newspapers as business entities.

    The real issue here is this: Are Newspapers only economic entities, or are they important for other reasons, like exposing corruption and fostering a wide ranging public debate?

    http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com/2008/03/05/rumours-of-the-death-of-the-newspaper-have-been-greatly-exaggerated/

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com eee_eff

    Well though another process which is occurring is that newspapers are emerging as not for profits. There’s no reason why we can’t have great newspapers, run as not-for-profits.

    What’s more important–a vibrant and free press, whose goals would be the public good, or one that is owned by corporate interests, for profit.

    The benefits of a free press extend very far beyond the profitability of the newspapers as business entities.

    The real issue here is this: Are Newspapers only economic entities, or are they important for other reasons, like exposing corruption and fostering a wide ranging public debate?

    http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com/2008/03/05/r

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