Monday, September 21, 2009


NO MORE BAIL-OUTS!  a sign carried in a recent local Tea Party. Guess they weren't listening.  This is the most dangerous of all bail-outs.  Say good-bye to freedom of the press, which couldn't make Obama happier.

Is there any failing business the government won't bail out?  Never pass up an opportunity to take control of another part of Americana.

Atlas Shrugs writes:

Obama Open to State Run Media: Newspaper Bail-out
by Pamela Geller, September 20, 2009

Obama cum Chavez style information control. These newspapers need to die a long overdue death. They are dishonest merchants of self styled propaganda. They abdicated their role as public servant, in the service of investigative journalism, long ago.

The NY Times has been in hospice long enough. Their reign is over. They are a cancer that infected every media organ in the country and outside it. They would set the news for the day. They were the template that others followed. They set the news agenda for the day, everyday. They are the propaganda machine for the Democrat party. They are depraved and partisan.

As far as Obama pulling a Chavez style media coup ...... this ain't Venezuela. This is a free market society. Period. If business is bad, you go out of business. If you have become obsolete (horse and carriage), then you are done, kaput, good-bye. C ya.

Obama, you ain't the king. You will be stopped.

My taxpayer dollar, my money, to lavish on my executioner? I hope this riles the folks as much as it riles me. I hope there is a march on DC to end all marches. This crap has got to stop.

The king is dead. Long live the net.

Obama open to newspaper bailout bill By Michael O'Brien

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."

Obama said that good journalism is "critical to the health of our democracy," but expressed concern toward growing tends in reporting -- especially on political blogs, from which a groundswell of support for his campaign emerged during the presidential election.

"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding," he said.