Why should newspapers be allowed to die? The biggest argument is simply no one wants to read them.
Why is that? My observation was in the way the newspapers, the ones you want to save, handled Bush's policies and their acquiescence to his war and terrorism agenda. The Judith Miller incident did more damage to readership than anything else I can think of.
Most news papers, especially the New York Times and the Washington Post have been pretty much been controlled by the government, especially the military and intelligence agencies. When Bush was busy engaging in war crimes, where were these papers? Where was the outrage? Where was critical reporting? The papers acted more like the USSR's Pravda than real and free newspapers. Many of us haven't forgotten and believe that newspapers should be able to experience the "karma" of their actions.
To allow a "bailout" of such newspapers puts the news media more in the hands of the government. What if the newspaper that is critical of the government should experience a withholding of bailout money if it is too critical?
Putting the news media under this form of dependency actually threatens free speech and the independence of journalism. In other words, if journalism becomes dependent on the government for its operation, we will have a more Pravda-like media in America.
Journalism isn't dying--one of the biggest lies told. Journalism is actually flourishing and doing quite well. Journalism has been taken away from the "professionals" and from the hands of corporations that will bend over easily to the government to the hands of so-called "amateur" journalists and independent media that the government cannot control.
I'm sorry, I do not wish to read or buy corporate newspapers and do not wish to be forced to pay, with my tax money, for the government support of compromised and dumbed down papers.
Let them die and the sooner, the better for all of us. Journalism will thrive and there will always be plenty of journalists covering the real news. It may not be a "newspaper," but with an Internet connection, you can get news that is uncensored and absent from corporate control.
Mar 27 2009 - 9:21pm