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--Joseph Stalin

Friday, January 2, 2009

Democrat Bailout of Dying Liberal Print Media?

Will Malven
1/02/09

File this one under the "I should've seen this coming" category; Connecticut State Representative Frank Nicastro (D-Bristol/Forestville) is petitioning the Connecticut state government to bailout his local newspapers, the Bristol Press and the New Britain Herald.

This is the first such effort and it is strictly a local effort by Representative Nicastro and some of his fellow state legislators, but I predict that it won't be the last. With all of the large Liberal newspapers now struggling to survive due to dire reductions in revenue and readership, watch for a push from Democrats in Congress to follow suit.

Here's the Reuters story:

Government aid could save U.S. newspapers, spark debate
Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:50pm EST
By Robert MacMillan - Analysis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut lawmaker Frank Nicastro sees saving the local newspaper as his duty. But others think he and his colleagues are setting a worrisome precedent for government involvement in the U.S. press.

Nicastro represents Connecticut's 79th assembly district, which includes Bristol, a city of about 61,000 people outside Hartford, the state capital. Its paper, The Bristol Press, may fold within days, along with The Herald in nearby New Britain.

That is because publisher Journal Register, in danger of being crushed under hundreds of millions of dollars of debt, says it cannot afford to keep them open anymore.

Nicastro and fellow legislators want the papers to survive, and petitioned the state government to do something about it. "The media is a vitally important part of America," he said, particularly local papers that cover news ignored by big papers and television and radio stations.

This would set a dangerous precedent for the independence of our press, which is already highly questionable when it comes to its coverage of the Democrat Party. I call your attention to the fact that nowhere in the above article is Representative Nicastro identified as a Democrat. I was forced to go on line for that little nugget of information. When was the last time you saw a politician's name in the press without party identification...when it was a Democrat involved in something controversial; someone like Democrat Illinois Governor Blagojevich, perhaps?

The dying mainstream media (MSM) with its Leftist agenda, blatant advocacy for the presidential bid of Barack Hussein Obama and his fellow Democrat Party members, is "dying" precisely because of their firmly entrenched extreme Left-wing biases. People don't want to read a newspaper which has a blatant political agenda.

Some have already declared 2008 as "The year in which American journalism died," due to the exceptional bias exhibited by the MSM, including the almost universal cheerleading in support of Obama's candidacy in the broadcast media as well as the print media.

Any direct financial connection between the MSM and members of our government in the form of grants, loans, bailouts, or any other means of attempting to save the failing commercial enterprises would be the death-knell of any remaining trust
Americans might place in the press.

Taking this move in combination with the promised effort by Democrat legislators in Congress to move the (anything but) "Fairness Doctrine" forward through Congress, I predict that Democrats in Congress will not be far behind in suggesting the bail-out of such Liberal luminaries as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and all of the other failing bastions of Liberal propaganda.

If I am right, this move should make all Americans shudder. There will be no independent voice remaining in the MSM and any individual seeking to know the truth rather than Leftist propaganda will be forced to rely on internet based new-sources such as blogs and small independent news outlets.

Throughout our nation's history, the press-for all of its flaws-has been called the "Fourth Estate" of our government because it has always served as a watch-dog on the excesses and corrupt practices of our government. If that Fourth Estate now becomes funded by that same government, how can its readers trust it to remain an independant voice?

Watch for it folks, I predict this will be the next movement coming out of the Democrat Party.

Long Live Our American Republic!!!!

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