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Where's our bailout?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by ArnoldBabar, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    I know, I know, it's not a new concept, but I was struck by this story:


    I know the answer to the question already -- obviously the auto industry has a much bigger economic impact and employs many more people -- but if they get billions from the government for making what even American publications agree is an inferior product, what about us? A free press is supposedly a cornerstone of our nation, and nobody does it better than newspapers. We could be sustained at a fraction of a fraction of what it takes to keep one car company afloat.

    It's just such a damn shame to see how little merit -- in both the macro picture and the micro picture -- figures into who makes the sacrifice right now.
  2. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Pure devil's advocate here, as this is all in the realm of fantasy. But wouldn't that raise issues of press independence that aren't there with car companies?
  3. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Definitely, it would. Papers would forever have to prove that they were not beholden. Let me write the first editorial, and I'll clear that shit right up. :D
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Governments, national, state, local, democratic or tyrannical, all WANT to live in a world without news-gathering organizations. They all envy jocks who don't talk and post "news" on their personal Web sites.
  5. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

  6. PeterGibbons

    PeterGibbons Member

    Let all the newspaper fail, bloggers do a better job at reporting the news anyway!!

    Oh wait.... where will they get their content?
  7. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Considering there are those in the newspaper industry who think people should always pay for workroom meals while covering games, I can't even imagine the uproar a government handout would raise.
  8. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I'd rather be an unemployed journalist than to have financial assistance from any government.

    Along these lines, what if a newspaper were offered tax breaks by a city to build its new headquarters downtown and promise to have employees working there instead of from home or on the road (within reasonable distance)?
  9. GlenQuagmire

    GlenQuagmire Active Member

    All the bailouts in the world won't mean crap if we have the same people in power making the same stupid decisions based on greed.

    The term "black hole" comes to mind.
  10. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    At Gannett, that's an "African-American hole".
  11. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    If you're an unemployed journalist, you may well be taking financial assistance from a government in order to feed and/or house your family, assuming you have one. Come to think of it, I'm sure there have been employed journalists who have received government assistance in order to feed their families. I understand the ethic here, but you still have to eat.
  12. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I'll spell it out anyway.

    I would rather be an unemployed journalist than work for a news organization that takes government financial assistance to remain operational. News organizations should not receive government money to keep the doors open and presses running.

    As for being unemployed, if I had to take government assistance to help my family then I would. That's a different topic.
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