Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Predictable: John Kerry Calls For Boston Globe Bailout

Just yesterday we wondered when the call for a government bailout of newspapers would come.

Today the hapless John Kerry takes the bait.
Troubled by the possible shuttering of his hometown paper, Sen. John Kerry reached out to the Boston Globe on Tuesday, then called for Senate hearings to address the woes of the nation's print media.

"To the Boston Globe family," the Massachusetts Democrat wrote to employees of the 132-year-old publication, which faces closure unless it can come up with $20 million in union concessions to parent company the New York Times by May 1. The Globe is losing $1 million a week.

"America's newspapers are struggling to survive, and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved, including hundreds at the Globe, there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount," Mr. Kerry said.
Really? Diversity of opinion at the Boston Globe?

Who is he kidding? OK, let's see, we have Jeff Jacoby on the right.

And everyone else on the left.

This is diversity?

Maybe Lurch can pick up The Boston Herald when the Globe goes under. He might even find some diverse opinion there.
Mr. Kerry, who has called for Senate hearings on "the future of journalism" to begin May 6, also cited the negative influence of "agenda-driven reporting" and media conglomerates.
It's in no small part due to agenda-drive reporting why the Boston Globe is going under.

Is the junior senator from Massachusetts too incoherent to see that? Also, I can't see any more an egregious a waste of time and money than having the Senate debating anything to do with newspapers.

If Senator Kerry is so concerned the Globe can't come up with $20 million to help pay off their unions, why doesn't he have Mama T cut a check for them?

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