Blogger Bill Salvin really gets it. He understands what is happening in the world of journalism – and he realizes it is not all bad. The free market can and should decide on its own how it uses its free press. Politicians don’t belong here – muddying the clear waters of our First Ammendment
My advice to Senator Kerry (not that he’s asking) is to let the journalists and entrepreneurs figure this out. Miles O’Brien was laid off from anchoring and reporting on CNN, but he’s back anchoring and reporting in this new environment (and doing really well!). Just as people figured out how to make their newspapers relevant with the advent of radio, and radio reinvented itself when television came on the scene, the media will figure this out. We know that people want news. We know that people will figure out ways to make money delivering it.
Congress can’t help with this. Freedom of the Press includes the freedom to fail.