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Waxman: Govt Has To Help Shape Media

From a cheering Reuters:

Arianna ‘Zsa Zsa’ Huffington with Henry Waxman and Michael Waxman at 2007 White House correspondents dinner.

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

Wed Dec 2, 2009

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…

Here it comes.

By the way, check out the people the Associated Press are citing as experts — Free Press.

In typical radical left tradition, they have absolutely nothing to do with do with free press, except the suppressing of it.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Waxman: Govt Has To Help Shape Media”

  1. Right of the People says:

    If they can’t adapt and be competitive, let ’em all die! The dinosaurs didn’t and look what it happened to them, replaced by mammals. Waxman and the dems shouldn’t worry, they’ve still got the networks and CNN to spread their lies.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Why lump Waxman and Dems as mammals when they should be labeled as reptiles and invertebrates?
      Every Homo Sapein (?) knows that they are cold blooded, don’t care about their young and have no backbone.

      If only I could catch one warming itself on the asphalt road.

  2. proreason says:

    I thought the Planet of the Apes was pure fiction.

    Until I learned about Waxman.

  3. U NO HOO says:

    All duh noose printed to fit.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    “eventually government would have to help resolve the problems caused by a failing business model.”

    No, no, no.

    Nothing to do with the Constitution.
    Nothing to do with freedom.

    If people want to pay to listen to Fox News and liberal radio shows can’t attract a strong audience, so what? People can pay money to listen to whatever they want – it’s not the government’s place to destroy / white wash political discourse.

    Unless speech involves threats of violence or it promotes terrorism, the government should not censor it – regardless of whether or not that speech is politically incorrect or inflames the sensibilities of any racial, ethnic, political, or religious group.

    I thought we had a Constitution. Silly me.

    But now that liberals can point to any area they wish to control and just say “the market isn’t working,” or “we must save the environment,” there is no real limit to what the government can do to increase power. It’s an easy way to circumvent the Constitution – who needs a dictator when you can just regulate people to death?

    • The Redneck says:

      Note also that it’s a “failing business model.”

      Nothing to do with the fact that these people have been voicing the party line for big government and the people simply don’t want it–it must be some problem with capitalism.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    They are pushing us to the brink of action.

    The kind of flash fire that once ignited will scorch the entire nation.

    No one will be safe from that conflagration. My wife is right … Satan has pulled a caul over their minds, stopped their ears and has shined a beautiful but fatal vision in their eyes. They have no idea how close they are to the edge of their cliff.

  6. Gladius et Scutum says:

    Henry Waxman – always making Nancy Pelosi sound like Thomas Paine.

  7. TwilightZoned says:

    Where in the constitution does it say government
    should have anything to do with the press?
    Oh, that’s right. It doesn’t!

    Shape, shmape. Dictate is more like it. (If you get
    my drift.)

  8. bill says:

    Couldn’t they find a top Democrat lawmaker who wasn’t certifiably brain dead?

  9. jobeth says:

    You know, we really don’t want this…I mean, look how the goverment shaped his brain!

    This is another scary thing among all the other scary things the left has brought to us in the name of “progress”.

  10. Tater Salad says:

    There is hope. In the following video you will see and hear of a man who has got it all together and knows what he is talking about! I wish there were more of these guys around. Please paste and copy and then pass on this video:

    It is now time to fight for our Constitution all over again:


    • proreason says:

      Wow!!! Every S&L’er should view this.

      This guy is gonna shoot to the top overnight.

    • jobeth says:

      Thanks Tater Salad…This was super!

      Felt like I was watching Beck. I always appreciate it when I see a person of a minority show they are not taken in by Obalmy’s and the lefties’ nonsense.

    • beautyofreason says:

      Holy crap. He needs to run for office.

      Charismatic, authentic, tough, and a principled military man with gusto.

      Love it.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      A man steps out from the shadows and is heard.

      “FIX BAYONETS!!”


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