View Full Version : Obama Appointee Suggests Radical Plan for Newspaper Bailout

05-01-2009, 08:30 PM
Rosa Brooks, who has moved from the L.A. Times to the Pentagon, called for more "direct government support for public media" and government licensing of the news, which critics say would destroy the independent media.


Thursday, April 16, 2009 (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/16/obama-appointee-suggests-radical-plan-newspaper-bailout/)

Influential Los Angeles Times columnist Rosa Brooks has hung up her journalistic hat and joined the Obama administration, but not before penning a public proposal calling for some radical ideas to help bail out the failing news industry.

Brooks, who has taken up a post as an adviser at the Pentagon, advocated upping "direct government support for public media" and creating licenses to govern news operations.

"Years of foolish policies have left us with a choice: We can bail out journalism, using tax dollars and granting licenses in ways that encourage robust and independent reporting and commentary, or we can watch, wringing our hands, as more and more top journalists are laid off," she wrote in her parting column on April 9.

Brooks said this would help rescue the industry from a "death spiral" and left the government unaccountable to the journalists who must keep it honest. "[I] can't imagine anything more dangerous than a society in which the news industry has more or less collapsed," she wrote.

I can. How about a society in which the media has become a partisan cheerleader?

05-01-2009, 08:49 PM
Aye Carumba. Make it stop1!!!!11!!1! eleventybillion

05-01-2009, 09:53 PM
This didn't take long......Fidel is smiling.

05-02-2009, 04:15 AM
I thought blogging was to replace the old media? It's cheaper that news print, and if you're worth you while, you build a following. She just wants to be on the government teat.:mad: