Bailout Bolshevism - Now Newspapers Too?

Published: Fri 5 Dec 2008 03:45 PM
SOLO-International Press Release: Bailout Bolshevism-Now Newspapers Too?
December 5, 2008
The epidemic of Bailout Bolshevism sweeping the world will soon be impossible to parody, notes SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.
"Journalist and commentator Michelle Malkin observes that some of her colleagues started writing tongue-in-cheek applications for federal funds for their newspapers some weeks back. 'But now,' she reports, 'in a rather unfunny turn, the newspaper bailout push has actually come to pass. The Republican governor and the Democratic attorney general of Connecticut went on the record last week in support of government intervention for failing local newspapers. God save us from bipartisanship. Their joint statements pushing a salvage program came in response to news that the New Britain Herald, the Bristol Press, and 11 weekly papers across the state face closure. About 100 jobs are at stake. This is bad news, no question. But cause for apocalyptic talk and expansive meddling by politicians? Please.'
"Well said, Ms. Malkin! And may your commentary cause Americans to pause and reflect upon the insanity that grips their country in particular! Who'll be next to go begging to Washington? Starbucks? McDonald's? Kentucky Fried? The struggling juice-bar or shoe-shine on the corner? It's especially ominous, though, when the purveyors of news and commentary deliberately set out to become beholden to politicians, when the Fourth Estate sets out to have itself shackled.
"The First Amendment says Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of the press. Congress won't need to when the press is dependent on it for funding.
"Any news organisation, struggling or thriving, with any self-respect, should resist the tide of Bailout Bolshevism. So should any other kind of enterprise in what was once the bastion of muscular capitalism. When will Americans wake up to the fact that all this government largesse, apart from being fraudulent, comes at the price of their freedom?"Perigo concludes.

Next in New Zealand politics

Māori Party proud of Flavell’s legacy
By: The Maori Party
Serious failings in Police response
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
National pushing for faster action on mental health
By: New Zealand National Party
Justice not served in Australia extradition cases muddle
Syphilis deaths highlight need for proper resourcing
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
Youth message on Zero Carbon Act: 'Don't mess this up'
Te WānangaoAotearoaappointsTeUruroaFlavellasnewCEO
By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Police response to IPCA report on Operation Pencarrow
By: New Zealand Police
Green Party welcomes National’s openness to cross-party talk
By: Green Party
Counsellors to play role in potential cross-party group
By: New Zealand Association of Counsellors
Health Minister at the crossroads
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
ACC medical advisors on strike today
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
More support needed for breastfeeding senior doctors
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
PSA supports striking ASMS members at ACC
By: Public Service Association
NZNO & DHB Negotiations
By: District Health Boards
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media