ICYMI: Non-profits beat government subsidy of news Friends,
By Jason Stverak, President of The Franklin Center
There is no denying that the newspaper industry is struggling. Numerous media analysts have mentioned that the way to revive the newspaper business is through government subsidies. We wanted to share with you a column by the Franklin Center's President Jason Stverak that argues against government intervention. The column ran in today's Daily Caller.
Non-profits beat government subsidy of news
This is especially true when better alternatives already exist from non-profits.
We all know that the government can be tremendously helpful to the American people. But when that help would do more harm than good, as in proposed subsidy of the newspaper business, America must say No!
Yes, newspapers need help. Yes, their recent decline puts our republic at risk. However, throwing government subsidies will not save them. In fact, expanded government influence on journalism would be disastrous to the reputation and credibility of journalists.
If government subsidizes news, journalists no longer will be able to report credibly on stories that matter to the people, but ultimately only on what matters to officials. Journalists will ignore scandal and corruption for fear of losing government funds. They will become political flacks and write to appease government instead of investigating it.
ICYMI: Non-profits beat government subsidy of news