Sunday, February 8, 2009

Keeping separation of press and state

John Diaz writes:

In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy has offered to help the ailing newspaper industry by providing tax breaks for delivery service, doubling government advertising - and subsidizing free subscriptions for 18-year-olds.

If anything similar were proposed here, I, for one, would editorialize against it.

Once newspapers become wards of the state, they lose their credibility as a watchdog of the state. They shouldn't be accepting government bailouts, they should be scrutinizing government bailouts.

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