Posted in Government subsidies for journalism, tagged Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society, David Westphal, Geoffrey Cowan, Jeff Jarvis, John Nichols, Knight Foundation, New Business Models for News, Poynter Institute, Robert McChesney, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Death and Life of American Journalism, The Nation, Washington Post on February 8, 2010 |
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The weakness of the arguments for government subsidies for journalism can be seen in their inconsistency.
The advertising model that has supported journalism for more than a century has broken down, authors Robert McChesney and John Nichols argue in great detail in their book The Death and Life of American Journalism. They argue strongly for heavy government subsidies for journalism. And how would they finance the subsidies? One of the taxes they propose — and I’m pretty sure they were serious — is a tax on advertising.
After telling us emphatically that advertising is on its deathbed and can’t possibly support the journalism that our democracy needs to survive, they turn around without a hint of irony and insist that a tax on advertising is somehow going to help give new life to journalism. (more…)
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Posted in Government subsidies for journalism, Reconstruction of American Journalism, tagged Ben Nelson, Columbia University, Dan Gillmor, Joe Lieberman, John Nichols, Len Downie, Michael Schudson, Robert W. McChesney, The Death and Life of American Journalism, The Nation, The Reconstruction of American Journalism, Washington Post on January 8, 2010 |
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Sigh. The drumbeat for unwise government subsidies for journalism continues with a How to Save Journalism essay in The Nation. It was written by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols, authors of The Death and Life of American Journalism, just published.
I hardly know where to start in addressing the faulty reasoning of the essay. It was not persuasive enough that I will buy the book. But government subsidies for journalism, for some reason, are a hot topic, so I weigh in once more. (more…)
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