Sunday, September 20, 2009

Obama: Yeah, I Might Be OK With Bailing Out Newspapers

If Barack Obama thinks he's got approval ratings problems, he hasn't seen anything yet if he goes along with this lunacy.
The president said he is "happy to look at" bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.

"I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them," Obama told the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade in an interview.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced S. 673, the so-called "Newspaper Revitalization Act," that would give outlets tax deals if they were to restructure as 501(c)(3) corporations. That bill has so far attracted one cosponsor, Cardin's Maryland colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had played down the possibility of government assistance for news organizations, which have been hit by an economic downturn and dwindling ad revenue.

In early May, Gibbs said that while he hadn't asked the president specifically about bailout options for newspapers, "I don't know what, in all honesty, government can do about it."
What they can do is live or die on their own.

It's bad enough most of them are seemingly already state-run media. They wouldn't have a shred of credibility left if they took government money.

And neither would Obama and the Democrats.

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