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Free Market, Free Speech Or Back to the Future?—The FTC’s “Reinvention of Journalism” Study June 14, 2010

Posted by legalethicsemporium in Law, Ethics & Society.

Interesting electronic times in which we live….Our country prides itself on our Constitutional rights of free speech and  free press and rightfully so.   Of course, the Founding Fathers who established these rights did not have laptops or iPhones.  (It’s a shame because some of them probably would have had great blogs—Ben Franklin comes to mind.)  So, its hard to imagine exactly what they might have thought about the government considering whether  to “save” the newspapers from financial ruin.   Clearly, bailouts have been seen by various contingents of the public  as  necessary on the one hand and as unseemly on the other hand. 

 The Federal Trade Commission is studying the “problem” of the newspapers’ financial woes and brainstorming for potential government assisted solutions.  Query:  Should the government be involved in financial assistance for the newspapers or should a free press exist in whatever format that the  current communication technology and market forces dictate?



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