Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Kay supporting the Dallas Morning News?

I have to say, this sounds potentially kind of bad to me as a blog author (link). Excerpts follow...
WASHINGTON – Senators will focus this afternoon on the economic struggles of newspapers – the implications for society and, potentially, how Congress could help stanch the red ink. 


Jim Moroney, publisher and chief executive officer of The Dallas Morning News, is among the witnesses. 


Moroney will urge lawmakers to end the "free ride" and help newspapers "obtain reasonable compensation."

Google vice president Marissa Mayer has been invited to testify, along with Steve Coll, former managing editor of The Washington Post; Albert Ibarguen, president of the Knight Foundation, and Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the senior Republican on the Commerce Committee, invited Moroney to testify, her office said, and will introduce him at the hearing.
Read the entire article. It sounds a little bit like politicians all over America trying to gain favor with the still important newspapers by passing laws to protect them. Picking winners, in other words. I will be interested to see what comes of all of this, but it makes me instantly worrisome and suspicious.

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