This is the most comprehensive report I have read on this subject. It is impressive, especially the part that describes the problem. In the proposed solutions though, they try to revitalize the media model that worked in the twentieth century for the twenty first, by using lofty socialism ideas straight from the nineteenth century.
Even if fully implemented, it will not work.
The damage is much greater than this report states. Not only is the quality of journalism in the United States today dreadful but also, after a few decades of feeding the public with diluted information and fluff, we have audience that is satisfied with trivia and Glenn Beck as a news reporter. Americans do not feel a need for better journalism than they have. John Nichols, Robert W. McChesney, me, and a handful of others are a tiny minority.
One needs to seek a solution in business models that acknowledge people’s gravitation to the internet as a primary source of information. The right solution needs to address as well that, when it comes to understanding the basics of dynamics of social and economic phenomena, most of Americans are -- kindly speaking -- undereducated. Lastly, the right solution should allow some people on Wall Street to make money.
I do not need to mention that I have one idea on hand.