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September 21st, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Should gov't bail out newspaper industry?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama is open to the idea of bailouts for the struggling newspaper industry.

The president says although he hasn't seen detailed proposals, he'd be happy to look at bills before Congress meant to aid newspapers. One bill in the Senate, known as the Newspaper Revitalization Act, would give tax breaks to newspapers if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.

In an interview with the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Toledo Blade - The president calls himself a "big newspaper junkie," and says that good journalism is "critical to the health of our democracy."

He talks about the challenge of maintaining journalistic integrity and fact-based reporting in the light of a changing news landscape. Mr. Obama says he's concerned about the trend toward more blogs that have a lot of opinions but not much fact-checking.

And there's no question that newspapers are a dying breed... Thousands of journalists have been laid off and several newspapers have been closed in the last few years. The industry is also reeling from the economic downturn; trying to find a way to hold onto readers while newspapers lose advertising revenue to the Internet.

But the government propping up the newspaper industry could be a very slippery slope, as it could very easily put the press "in bed" with the very people they are charged with protecting us from - the government.

Here’s my question to you: Should the government bail out the newspaper industry?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jon from Fort Worth, Texas writes:
Lord, no. Their time has come and gone. Never before has the term "yesterday's news" applied to anything the way it applies to newspapers today. That being said, I still love having them in my hands, reading them at my leisure.

Trish writes:
Did we bail out Linens N’ Things or Circuit City or the thousands of small businesses that went belly up? If we truly believe in the free market, then let it work. Businesses fail because of flawed business plans, including not adapting to current market conditions.

James from New York writes:
Allowing the newspapers to restructure to save themselves isn't exactly a "bailout." It sounds to me as if the president is simply willing to listen to constructive proposals for saving responsible journalism as an institution essential to democracy. And anyway, if the economy is in trouble, then why should journalism be denied the help other types of business get? Journalists are citizens too.

Victor from Kiev, Ukraine writes:
Absolutely not. Here in Ukraine, lots of newspapers are owned by government structures, and you know what? Nobody reads those newspapers!

Joel writes:
Newspapers are like a species confronted by massive change. Their choice is to evolve or die; it's rather Darwinian, survival of the fittest. News and information are still things that people want, what has to evolve is the "delivery system." Paper newspapers are dinosaurs; they should have to live or die on their own without outside intervention. The government has no business trying to preserve a status quo that no longer exists.

Tzivia writes:
Jack, Can you say "obsolete"? Why would we keep an outdated medium on life support? We do not need the news to come to us on paper anymore. The nimble should migrate to other news media and the lame should retool.


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  1. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    Absolutely NOT. The Newspaper industry would be doing better if they REPORTED all the news instead of selective reporting and letting their personal political views slant where and how a story is reported.

    September 21, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  2. Tom, Montana

    No, except of course, my favorite rag, which needs bailing out, and is so "historical".

    September 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  3. Joe CE

    No there is no way that newspapers will regain their old role.

    September 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  4. Jimmy in Houston

    Are we going to bail them out by government providing "free" subscriptions for everyone with a newspaper stimulus bill?

    September 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  5. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Why not Jack, we've bailed out everyone else. Besides, my daily dose of Dilbert is worth it.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  6. Joanne Buck

    Absolutely not ! The Newspaper business for the most part is a relic of the past and in 10 yrs will be gone. It would be the same as bailing
    out GM and Chrysler (that will be a non starter as well).
    Joanne B
    MN

    September 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  7. moiraesfate

    The newspapers aren't failing because of the economy, they're failing because modern technology has outpaced them, especially since environmentalism teaches that they cause alot of environmental harm. We can get our news on the internet for free and its up to the minute, so why would we spend money on paper that kills trees and tells us news thats hours old?

    September 21, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  8. Rob of Brooklyn

    absolutely not. Everyone of them is biased coverage. Until it can be unbiased let them all die.They make up stories , when they have no real news. Nobody needs 24/7 coverage of non-events.

    ex–way to much coverage of Palin. there's more now that shes resigned than before.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  9. moe highland village tx

    Sure they should !! I know I'm on the waiting list to be bailed out too, so that will move me up the list and I'll be bailed out sooner..See, there really is a Santa Claus..

    September 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  10. JWC in Atlanta

    No way. The net (not to mention TV news) has been sneaking up on print since the sixties. If these guys didn't see this coming, what would they do with bailout funds? Buy buggie whips?

    September 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  11. kj in mpls

    Hi Jack
    No I don't think that a dying industry should be saved especially from our Government. What or why for when the news will be assimilated by other mediums.

    If Murdoch or others want to save or reinvent themselves, maybe like "news at the ready" that you can have around "on demand" great have at it. Oh wait "stop the presses" we have that.... through cable, though the internet why it's on your phone

    Online content is everywhere and shows up days before paper and tens of hours before video. So stop the presses.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  12. Carl D.

    Jack,
    No, no and Hell no!
    Carl in Illinois

    September 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  13. Marlene

    No, absolutely not.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  14. Jackie in Dallas

    Tricky, but I'd say no, Jack. Even before this current economic downturn, newspapers were in trouble. This has less to do with current conditions than it has to do with whether or not newspapers are still a viable form of communicating news. Newspapers have been disappearing for the last 10 years...the internet, 24-hour news stations on cable and now Twitter and that ilk have given us an overdose on news, sports, sales opportunities, job hunting, and whatever else we might get from the paper. The only thing missing is the comics and Ann Landers –and I'm sure they are out there somewhere!

    September 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  15. Millie, somewhere in Arizona

    NO! Contrary to what the media is reporting, some newspapers in this country are thriving. The newspaper business is like any other business – management has to understand who their audience is and deliver what they want the way they want it. Advertisers simply put their money where they get high exposure .... if a newspaper is not providing that, then managers and editors need to sit down and ask themselves honestly why their audience is leaving them for other news sources.

    Despite the internet and cable television, local newspapers still provide the best outlet for staying abreast of local issues and is the only media that will focus solely on local residents. Many small communities love their local newspaper. They love to read about their neighbors, city officials and other info about their community .... and not surprisingly, it's the small, local papers (who know their audience) who are still stable today while the big boys fall down around them.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  16. gerry in toronto

    As citizens we have a choice, either bail out some of the newspapers to maintain good old fashioned investigative reporting or accept the fact all news reported by cable news is opinionated and meant only to increase that network's rating.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  17. john ....marlton, nj

    No, it is just another Union ridden industry devoid of productivity or value....

    News and information is the life blood for most of us... the newspaer industry is literally a day late !!

    September 21, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  18. Jerry Alpharetta. GA

    The same effort should be made to save the printed media as that effort put forth to save the Monks when the Guttenberg Press was started. The printed media folks have to redefine their roles in how they fit in to the modern technological society. It will not be too long before cable transmission is a thing of the past and TV scheduling is totally irrelevant. I've got about six months on you Jack and I love technological innovation, don't you?

    September 21, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  19. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Newspapers are part of the fabric of our society. If they need a bailout to survive, then start bailing. Newspapers are still full of things you just can't get anywhere else.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  20. Mark, Sarasota, FL

    Absolutely, positively not. They did it to themselves. 3/4 are only advertisements and no news. Away with them.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  21. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    No, Jack. Although I love newspapers, the fact is most folks get their news online or on TV now. Newspapers will have to reinvent themselves in a way that acknowledges this new reality or go the way of the dinosaur, unfortunately.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  22. Sam in Los Angeles, CA

    Wheres my bailout, I have paid all my taxes imposed by the government in so many different ways and now I need a bailout too!

    Enough with these bailouts, if they are failing it is due to poor management or declining subscriptions and the company needs to address that on their own. Personally I have cancelled my newspaper due to biased journalism. When a newspaper no longer reports the news, I change sources.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  23. John from Alabama

    Jack: I like newspapers, but no they should not be bailedout by the government. They can make money or go out of business.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  24. Paul Austin, Texas

    No if bail outs continue all of us will be looking for what line or lines to stand on que for our bail out or bail outs. Our country needs to end bail outs and roll with what happens until we all are on our feet again.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  25. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    NO, Jack. just like kerosene replaced whale oil and the automobile replaced the horse and buggy, the internet has replaced the printed ink newspaper. it'a called "progress" and it happens in every industry.

    reporters will just work for online news organizations in the future.

    besides, with government FUNDING of any industry usually comes government CONTROL.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  26. Christian

    No Jack, who reads newpapers anymore. If the government should bailout any it should be the middle class Americans, who make this country great.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  27. joe m

    yeah. that's a great idea. and then maybe the gov. can help decide who can report the news, what news they can report, when and where news will come. does the words 'independent media' ring a bell? or maybe we should ask you jack, would like the gov. to be your boss?

    September 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  28. Cameron in SF, CA

    You've got to be kidding me, right? Who's next then? The department stores? Will this maddness ever end.....

    September 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  29. Kirk (Apple Valley, Minnesota)

    Good God NO!!! Enough radical right wing nut cases believe that President Obama is trying to "socialize" the United States! It's very easy to believe what the Rush Limbaugh's, Glenn Beck's, Sean Hannity's and Ann Coulter's of the right wingnuts would say about a government bail out of the newspaper industry!

    September 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  30. Karen, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    We can't bail out every industry that is failing, but newspapers will soon be a thing of the past without somebody's help. Nothing is more enjoyable than reading a morning paper to find out what has happened in the world. But, unfortunately, Americans don't read or think for themselves anymore–depending on talk radio and TV news shows to force feed us their opinions of the news. How sad!

    September 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  31. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Are you kidding who reads the newspaper anymore, everyone watches you and Wolf.

    September 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  32. Sherri-Illinois

    What this Govt should do is fix this Bush Recession and the Economic meltdown with over 6 MILLION Americans unemployed! That should be and should have been the #1 Priority after President Obama got his reality check on 1/22nd and found out the gigantic messes that were left behind for him to clean up. Bail out this Economy with Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Get the 6+ MILLION jobless Americans back to doing what the miss doing and thats being employed again, paying their fair share of taxes again, and contributing to the economy again by spending.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  33. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Sure Jack, because that's a good way to ensure we have a free press. If we ever need any insight into current events, we can consult our local State-run newspaper for their unbiased take on things. We already know this White House is profiling members of the media and either rewarding or hindering their reporting based on their views of the President, what do you think will happen if they actually have final say on what gets printed, the careers of those in the business, and their compensation? Just this weekend the President appeared on every morningshow in the country, and probably out of the country, except Foxnews. Why? Because he believes in being fair and balanced? I don't like it, Jack.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  34. Jim Bailey

    If the government bails out the newspapers it may as well bail out the wick weavers, kerosene lamp makers, leech growers and semiphore signallers.
    Time and technology march on.
    Jim
    Cripple Creek CO

    September 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  35. Leigh (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

    They should bail out the newspaper industry about as much as they should bail out the phonograph industry. Innovation always leaves some products, services, and industries in the dust, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Rather than focusing on an industry that is near extinction, we should focus our efforts on educating and breeding future innovators who will help truly advance our society.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  36. Maria

    No. Ways of the world change, if we lose newspapers I would be tremendously saddened but some things have to give to make room for newer, more efficient living. The US government can't save everything, nor should they try.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    September 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  37. LouG

    No more bailouts. Bailouts do nothing more than delay the inevitable. The airlines received bailout after Sept 11th and they are still struggling. Newspaper will need to go online to survive. Journalist can still write there.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  38. george

    As much as I love my morning coffee with my daily paper, and the daily crosswords, I would gladly just watch the news on TV, but TV has turned negative in the last few years to, just like the country, and its people, and I don't need any more negatives in my life. Today I haven't looked at my newspaper as yet, and now don't wish to. I got along just fine this morning without it, and will do so again tomorrow. I don't have my paper delivered, I walk to the news stand every morning, drop in a couple of Quarters for my paper. This has been a morning ritual for some time now, but will change my ritual to just doing my walk, and speaking to my neighhbors when I see them in the streets in the mornings, but the paper is not a have-to-have.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  39. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    No we shouldn't but maybe we should ask China if we should since they own everything else in the US now.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  40. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack
    Bail! Bail! Bail! Is that the option of first resort now?
    I think the merging of newpapers from locally owned companies to regional and national syndicates is at the root of the problem. This unhealthy trend probably cannot be reversed.
    Look on the bright side, if the New York Times and The Washington Post became the only surviving newspapers in the US that would not be a bad thing. At least they try to get it right before they print it.

    Pablo in Arlington Texas

    September 21, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  41. C.K. of Colorado

    In our day in age, we have instant access to news through our blackberries, and computers. Who actually reads newspapers anymore? They are a thing of the past. People are reluctant to let go of something that no longer works, and at the cost of our environment and possibly the taxpayer....away with the newspaper, no more bailouts!

    September 21, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  42. Jay in Texas

    I think we have already discussed this on your blog and my opinion has not changed. No, the government should not bail out the newspaper industry. Several problems are facing the newspapers and there may not be solutions to them all. One is that more people are getting their news online these days. Another is that small town and city newspapers alike have been taken over by huge corporations and so they have lost touch with the communities they serve.
    Brownwood, Texas

    September 21, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  43. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    I don't believe they should be bailed out. Their demise is due to market forces and changes in delivery. There are many industries that have gone by the wayside because of technology. That is not the same as automakers that were affected by the whole financial debaucle. I don't believe the market drop caused the fall of the newsprint industry.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  44. Lou from North Carolina

    Some one some where needs to pick up on the fact that we are NOT Russia and everything in this country that goes bad is not the Government's problem to solve. It was good for the Government to step into the banking and stock market situation. We WERE GOING DOWN THE TUBE. But newspapers and health plans and Iraq and Afghanistan are not our babies to sit. IF WE WERE AS RICH AS CHINA, MAYBE SO.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  45. The Broker.

    You asked this once before. The answer is no. Only research and archives should be saved. You cant sell Papers or Zines anymore. You have to adapt... Like the Book industry..

    September 21, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  46. Carol - Fort Worth Texas

    No!

    September 21, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  47. GWTripp

    When I opened up my last newspaper I found very little news and a ton of advertisements. When I can get more concise coverage from Cable/TV news media and can get in-depth coverage through the internet and magazines, why should I worry about the 4th estate? I’d worry much more if the government got involved in the process.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  48. Rich McKinney, Texas

    No, I don't think it should. Our local paper has reduced it's deliveries to 4 days a week to reduce costs. It also lost some readership too but with the Internet I can now get news any time of day and I do not have to wait for a newspaper to be delivered. The information super highway has made News Print obsolete. They could all just go to digital subscriptions and save money and a whole lot of trees in the process.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  49. Rob in NC

    No!! They have bailed out everyone except the American people who really need it. They are spending OUR MONEY on everything and everyone but us. All the folks who got us into this mess are still making their money and we sit and wonder when it will end. With the amount of money they have spent so far every person in the US could have afforded to buy a new car, pay their MASSIVE credit debt, or put money on a house. I'm pretty sure this would have "fixed" things a little faster than the bailouts.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  50. David from Northern Virginia

    No. The only people complaining about the plight of the media are... the media.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  51. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    No, what the hell are we going back and bail out the pony express, the stagecoach lines, steam driven trains they can put their news on the internet and let people subscribe to it. No more bailouts Newspapers are on the way out and they just as well grin and bear it.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  52. Jim S

    Not only no Jack, but Hell no! It's gotten to where any business in this country thinks that they can fail for any number of reasons like poor management, waste, corruption, and just plain stupidity and have the government bail them out. I say let them go until they learn how to compete. If t hey can't, then let the go under. People now get much of their news on the internet and television anyway and who needs them? I say the same for the bloated postal service. This precedent has to be ended now.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  53. Sharon

    Are you kidding me? Why should we bail out the newspapers too? Did us a world of good with the auto industry. You think we'd learn.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  54. Ed'sKate

    Let's face it, there are pros and cons on "bailing out" everything.
    I prefer to have a "bail out" of newspapers than the big banks, insuance companies, etc. There are still a lot of people who prefer to sit quietly and read about the news than have to watch and listen to the theatrical antics of some TV newscasters. It is so peaceful to read a newspaper and let one's imagination fill in the dynamics of what is being reported than to have to rely on people doing all kinds of showmanship to try to get the top rating for their broadcast.
    The IMPORTANT thing in all forms of news reporting is to TELL THE TRUTH and DON"T BE BIAS. Tell things as they are not as you want them to be.
    As for making them restructure as Non-Profits that is unreasonable. The Banks, Insurance Companies etc were NOT required to do this so why should the Newspapers. Talk about fairness, where is it?
    YES, GIVE A BAIL OUT TO NEWSPAPERS, but FORGET the Non-Profit restructuring unless the banks, insurance companies, etc are made to do the same.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  55. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    the Fourth Estate is the pedestal upon which Democracy stands or falls. Thomas Jefferson famously said, "The only security of all is in a free press. '

    Divert some money wasted on multi-million dollar jets toward our true security a free press.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  56. Diane in Arizona

    Obama concerned about Fact checking? Well then we certainly shouldn't be reading alot of these out dated newspapers that are totally in the tank for Obama, which leads to a major reason they are failing..............cancelled subscriptions.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  57. Ed from California

    The newspaper are going the way of the milkman, into extinction. It's easier to get your news from the Internet. We are a society of instant gratification (our downfall) and no patience. We don't want to wait until the morning for the news, we want it now.
    I remember I used to deliver the moring paper, then after school the evening paper. Ah! the good ol'e days of plenty of jobs, low unemployment, and the Communist Chinese were our enemy, and not the owner of our country.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  58. Lucy

    Should the government have bailed out horse-and-carriage businesses after cars were invented?? All newspapers should just convert to online form and not only save trees, but save money on paper, printing, etc. History has proven that certain things go obsolete after a better, quicker, more efficient way to do something is invented.
    Lucy
    SF, CA

    September 21, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  59. Dan, Chantilly VA

    They're clinging to an obsolete technology. The move from radio to television didn't destroy the entertainment industry. The move from theaters to home theaters didn't destroy the movie industry. The move from records to 8-tracks to cassettes to cds didn't destroy the music industry. So why can't they find a way to move words from a physical sheet of paper to an electronic sheet of paper without firing all their reporters and going bankrupt? Making money on the internet isn't difficult if you have an established industry. Everyone else has figured out how to do it, what is the news waiting for?

    September 21, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  60. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Nope! The government has Its hands in too many things already. The newspapers are failu g because they cost too much! The Dallas Morning News costs $1 for weekly issues, and Sunday's edition is now $3. And to be quite honest, there is nothing of substance in the paper. At least the NY Times offers something of consequence. We stopped buying The Dallas paper a long time ago.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  61. Jon

    Lord, no. Their time has come and gone. Never before has the term "yesterday's news" applied to anything the way it applies to newspapers today. That said, I still love having them in my hands, reading them at my leisure.
    Jon
    Fort Worth, Texas

    September 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  62. Gigi

    I'd rather that the newspaper industry was bailed out than the Internet. Reading in papers, events have a better chance of being responsible for there coverage of the news etc., than TV or the Internet.
    But let's first settle health care issues. When our neighbors to the North and South of us have a health care program for their people it makes us look like a third world backward country.

    Oregon

    September 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  63. richard a. winkler

    No, and they shouldn't have bailed out the banks either.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  64. Jay

    No. When a better medium comes along, like cable news or the Internet, it is time for papers to either grow and adapt, or die off: that’s Capitalism. I don’t recall government bailouts for 8-track tape manufacturers. You cannot expect the government to save everyone. What’s next? Asking the government to bail out Wolf Blitzer the next time he is on Jeopardy?

    September 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  65. keith,Lancaster,KY.

    Looks like the news papers have already become a (no profit) why should the american tax payers have to fork over any more money to failing buisiness, if they can't make money than they don't need to be in buisness, same way we should have been with the auto makers. If there is a market for it , it will survive on it's own merits, maybe if I didn't have to support so many other goverment losers I'd have enough money to buy a paper!!!

    September 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  66. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Jack, NO to bailouts !!
    The fear in the future is that the news being reported will become the invention of the corporate/ gouvernment agenda and the truth will often take a 'holiday' !!!
    1984, Soylent Green etc. etc.

    September 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  67. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    I don’t believe the government should bail out losers, fools and the dishonest (read AIG et. Al). Newspapers may be an exception to this, as in “Without vision, the people perish.”

    September 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  68. Jill

    No. The country's not going to collapse if the newspaper industry goes out of business. Cable and internet news will more than make up for the slack. The number of people employed by print journalism is nowhere near the number of people employed by, say, the auto industry. It's one thing to bail out an industry that was devastated by the economy. It's another thing to use government resources to try and save an industry that is just being phased out.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  69. Ted,Pa.

    I am sure Obama will give bailout money to anyone who supports his thinking ,and prints or say only positive things about him like ACORN....OPPS he has no Idea what ACORN is now that they are in trouble....

    September 21, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  70. Annie, Atlanta

    I hate that our great newspapers are going the way of the horse and buggy, but we’re turning to alternatives, and there’s no stopping it. Bailing them out would only be putting good money to bad, sadly.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  71. jchildless

    Newspapers are part of our capitalist society. They are in business to make money. If newspapers are dying, it is just part of the evolution of the news business. TV network news took hold in the 1950's and we lost many newspapers in the 1960's. With the strengthening of radio, cable, and Internet news, printed newspapers cannot hang on. Remember how local department stores, auto dealers, and local banks provided advertising money to newspapers? Capitalism and business mergers destroyed competition and the need for huge mega corporations to advertise on a local or regional level. The death of newspapers will more than a few trees.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  72. james in anaheim california

    No the government shouldn't bail out the newspaper business, it has its hands in way too many things as it is. Newspapers are in my mind the last bastion of true and honest reporting (that includes cnn especially you jack) even though there are those that we care not to read or hear from. The overiding factor in all of this is the fact that The Obama Administration has appointed too many czars already to oversee the auto industry,banking , health, and now possibly news reporting. I am begining to think I am living in Russia

    September 21, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  73. S, Michigan

    No! We can get all the news we want if the newspaper industry fell off the face of the planet tomorrow! I can't remember the last time I sat down with a paper to get news- heck, I don't even watch TV news as much as before (sorry Wolfe/Jack). If govt wants to bail people out, bail out individuals who went bankrupt due to medical bills!

    September 21, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  74. Dee in Palm Coast

    Well, the government has bailed out the crooks. I think it should bail out the watchdogs!

    September 21, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  75. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Government assistance to American industries that are and have been corner stones to this great country is a hell of a lot better than investing American tax dollars into efforts centered around the slippery slope of nation building, Afghanistan, and invading sovereign countries based on false information and claims. What's wrong with taking care of home first?

    Steve
    Clifton, VA

    September 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  76. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Hell no Jack If they cant compete with the internet then they can go bust just like the rest of us who have been screwed by modernization.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  77. Tina Tx

    Sorry no. We have to let the dust settle and see what to do next. Are we going to bail out magazines next? Too much advertising and not enough stories and this is what the papers have become. Just another billboard.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  78. Don (Ottawa)

    I agree with President Obama that good journalism is “critical to the health of our democracy." Our founding fathers realized that and protected journalism by guaranteeing freedom of the press. However, it says something when newspapers lose advertising revenue to the Internet. It says that people prefer to use the internet to get their news than buy a newspaper and read it. Or, it could say, people are too lazy to read, are below grade level to be considered literate, or are just plain illiterate. When I see coverage of town hall meetings on health care reform, the Tea Party rallies, interviews with certain people on why they don't want health care reform, and the number of people that still think President Obama was born in Kenya, it is evident that people don't read. The advertisers know this and are pulling out of print news for a reason. The problem can't be solved by a government bailout of the newpaper industry, it has to be solved by getting at its root cause, our failing education system.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  79. Kevin in Madison, AL

    No the government should not bail out the newspaper industry. They had their heyday and now they are an archaic, obsolete form of news. Thank god for the internet!!

    It makes me laugh when I see news reports from newspaper reporters claiming that their biased leaning reporting somehow makes the average newspaper reader more intelligent. Thats exactly what I would from a left leaning form of media.

    I say to them good riddance!

    September 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  80. Michael in Albuquerque,NM

    They still make newspapers? Do they Blog?

    September 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  81. Tim in Texas

    The most accurate, unbiased, and reliable television news comes from PBS and NPR. The Situation Room is not bad, but since it's followed by the quasi news/ opinions of the insanely biased Lou Dobbs, the entire network loses credibility - sorry Wolff. The point is that pubic based organizations are doing good work. I worked for a college newspaper and never once faced pressure from the administration to pull a story. If it had happened we would have filed a lawsuit. That said, if the government bails out newspapers, there needs to be a clear-cut schedule for the debt to be paid off by the newspapers so that they retain independence.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  82. Wendy from Atlanta

    I do not believe a bailout is the option. If you look at the people reading newspapers, you will notice a more mature demographic.The up and coming generation of the 80's and beyond, "google" and "you tube" their way to current events. Sad, for a babyboomer like myself to see, but if we had had portable media devices like we do now, I'd have "googled" too.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  83. Doug - Dallas, TX

    As much as I agree the printed word is essential, bailing out the newspapers is throwing money down the toilet. It is unfortunate that we have reached the point in our country that we do not take the time to sit down and read. Before any money is spent on newspaper bailouts, we would have to change back to the old culture that existed 30-40 years ago and there's a fat chance of that happening.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  84. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    In a word.....No. We cannot bail out every business that is going under. Most news that I get is on tv or the internet anyway, and the few newspapers left have been cut down so much that they are hardly worth reading.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  85. william fitzwater

    Why not .

    September 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  86. William Courtland

    When is the government going to do what they are meant to do: and bail out all the people: by supporting real government.

    In real government: the government grows with the population: in real government the government represents the people: in a real democracy the people are well represented: in a real republic: the many States have power and a reason to exist; in a real federation: trade is one of the most important things but it takes treaty to engage in it.

    Why doesn't the government bail out cartwrights: or wheelwrights: why doesn't the government bail out arrow fletchers: after all the switch over to bullets really hurt that industry...

    The comfort of a paper is the comfort of reading under light: light reflected not projected... the comfort of a paper should only increase: and thus get more expensive as the advertisments fall back to the classified section and the paper becomes a clean news source uncorrupted, broken, or interrupted by less advertisment.

    If only the Federation understood the power of the USPS and the ability to deliver nationwide... To only understand how a digital empire is the more modern method of conquering the lesser ones which are slow to accept such change.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  87. Michael Sullivan from Lafayette, California

    Jack - The government needs to get out of the "bail out business" - the newspaper industry can do quite well by going on line with articles, which will eliminate advertising dollars that could influence the media and eliminate the use of paper, thus saving our precious trees from being destroyed - a real win:win!

    September 21, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  88. honestjohn in Vermont

    No. The stupid bailout has to stop. What newspapers need is a better business model.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  89. Jane (Minnesota)

    No - No more Bailouts!!!!

    instead of bailouts – the government really needs to revisit the anti-monopoly rules and not allow any business to get too large to fail.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  90. Infantryman, MN

    Quick answer, no. Did we bail out the 8 track or cassette tape? If people wanted to read the newspaper, they would. Unfortunately for the newspapers more appealing forms of media have come along. Also I understand that the newspaper as always been an integral part of information here in the US, but there are other ways to find the information. Lastly here's a big one... why buy the newspaper when I can find the articles online for free? Most often at the newspaper's own website.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  91. Mike From Maryland

    Jack,

    As a means of sharing information the newspaper is nothing more than a paper copy of yesterday's headlines. When our founding fathers spoke of newspapers and a democracy going hand in hand they only knew of one way to spread information to the masses. Times have changed Jack and alternatives do exist to this archaic method of reporting.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  92. Dennis in Cleveland,Ohio

    HELL NO! It is time to let Capitalism work its course. Only the strong survive, when it comes to business. We need to let some of these companies fail & fade.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  93. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    I think you asked this question before Jack. No they should not because it will be a waste of time. I get the newspaper every day to try to help out the newspaper industry and I do not read it because I have in my home, two computers and a laptop. If I need to know whats happening, I just turn on one of the computers or the TV. The newspaper industries will just need to down size and just taylor themselves the people who still get that news paper and push more for the schools to purchase newspapers to encourage the children to read more. I do admit, my son do read the sports page.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  94. JENNA

    Should the government bail out the newspaper industry?

    Yes

    The printed word is important. However the bailout should have strings attached, just like what president Obama did to the auto industry. No free rides like what GW Bush did..

    JENNA
    Roseville CA

    September 21, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  95. Greg, Ontario

    NO. This would be the straw to break the back of his presidency. He bailed out the banks and the auto industry because his choice was bail them out or depression. You don't worry about the water supply when there is a fire , you just put it out.
    The newspaper industry is something different. This is a service of sorts that people have "chosen" to replace with something else. Your product is only worth what people are willing to pay for it and if you can't sell enough of it you go under. It really is that simple.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  96. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    Someone should tell this Bailout – Happy government if they don't stop bailing out companies, they will soon be bailing out the Ship of State !
    Between tlevision and the internet, we don't need newspapers. I stopped buying even the Sunday paper when they decded to raise their prices.
    I disagree with the fact that newspapers are "critical to the health of our democracy." I think the main thing critical to health of our democracy is food on our tables and a roof over our heads. Amen

    September 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  97. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Jack –

    Horrible idea – print journalism must follow it destined course without government bailouts or partnership. I believe the Nazis & Fascists in Italy did something like that in the 1930's – how well did that work out? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    September 21, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  98. JON WINDY, CHICAGO

    It is already doomed to failure. Nothing we do will change that fact. Let it happen. Don’t repeat the Viet Nam experience; we poured in money and troops, lost 55,000 Americans, and slaughtered millions of natives, many of them innocent women and children. The Russians couldn’t win in Afghanistan and pulled out. Likewise the British. Likewise the Ottomans in the fifth century. Let’s cut our losses, declare victory, and pull out now!

    September 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  99. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    Why would we want to bail out an obsolete form of information technology?
    If we did bail them out how would they stay bailed out if they just do buisness as usual.
    It's called progress.
    There is a reason why we dropped Morse code as a primary form of comminication,or do you still use that Jack?
    "READ ALL ABOUT IT" "READ ALL ABOUT IT" on the internet.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  100. jerry

    Let them fail! Good journalism died years ago. Newspapers have become paper and ink blogs with lots of opinions and not much fact-checking. I don't even trust their obituary section. I check daily to see if they think I died. Newspaper made their own bed, now lie in and stop whining.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  101. Doris/St Louis

    Only if we're using the newspapers to wrap fresh fish.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  102. Kenneth Kohlmann

    Obama owns the banks, Government Motors, Chrysler, et. al. So why not take over the pint media. After all, the other media sources are in hs pocket now. He wants to Nationalize our schools, our colleges, Healthcare, small businesses, et. al. So, what's new?

    September 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  103. monica von berndt

    Jerome Idaho most definatly the government should do everything it can to help the newspaper industry just as the automotive industry they are a strong and staple fabric of our history

    September 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  104. Jeremy

    The government can and should fund newspapers while remaining free of totalitarian control. The government already funds the Stars and Stripes newpaper along with the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Times which remain independent and critical of the government which funds them.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  105. Charles

    I do not feel that the government should bail out our nations' newspapers. Population for area newspaper coverage in my area is more than 400, 000. Our local newspaper does not report what is news worthy. It is a newspaper made up primarily of sales ads. The owners and chief executives of the newspaper are arrogant have failed to listen to the wants of the citizens.

    The newspaper executives operate with a small town mentality. A cat got stranded at the top of the Harbor Bridge and this made front page news with pictures, including a fire fighter climbing up to the top of the bridge in an attempt to rescue the cat. That story was not front page news worthy.

    Tiger Woods plays in a golf tournament and the tournament receives no coverage until Monday following the conclusion of the golf tournament. Then the story is mentioned on page 5 or 6. Local school boy sports get more coverage than do the NFL, NBA, PGA, and Professional Tennis.

    I enjoy the more extensive coverage of a newspaper story, but my local newspaper is not providing its readers with more news worthy coverage. I buy USA Today, but I do not buy or subscribe to the local paper.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  106. Matthew from Orange,CA

    Yes, or I'll have to use papertowels for my parrot cage, and those are way more expensive.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  107. Wm in PA

    Jack,
    Sure why not. We bailed out our Banks when their managers failed and took billions in bonuses. We bailed out the GM and Chrysler so they could shed their losses and cancel all the ir commitments. We have billions for AIG the insurance outfit. We give tax payer subsidies to the private health insurers.
    We stay in perpetual wars with as many $350,000/year mercenaries as military personnel against the countries where corporations want their oil or gas lines built.
    We give billions of dollars in low taxes and tax breaks to our beleaguered multimillionaires.
    What's newspaper or two? Give'em the money. It will not add significantly to the deficit.
    But be careful, no help giving Americans access to health care. Now that's where we draw the line. Killing for profit, yes, added cash to millionaires yes but, money for saving lives, no.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  108. Carol Kentucky

    The founding fathers realized how important an informed public was.
    Thats why we have freedom of the press to give the public the facts and
    information about local community an national policy......Yes, help the newspapers remain in business and independent..otherwise all we will have is fox news style propaganda and not have the truth we get from professional journalists.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  109. Patricia

    No. This loss of the newspaper from our kitchen tables in the morning is a sad but inevitable outcome due to technology and cable news.

    Our paper was late this morning and I hardly knew what to do during the CNN commercials.

    Boise

    September 21, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  110. Bruce - Delaware

    no, hell no.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  111. Susan

    And where are we going to get the money to bail out an industry that needs to be taken off life support?

    September 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  112. Layne

    jack,

    the u.s. (just like all other foreign invaders) is headed for failure based on the very simple fact that is taught in every political science cirruculum: to replace a theocracy with a democracy is not possible – too many factors involved. to make the point more lucid to your viewers; it is like saying that our democratic system would be better off it were run by a religious clerics...its apples and oranges.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  113. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Sure, capitalism is dead anyway. We have an anti-darwin view of the world of business now. If someone cannot keep up with competition or refuses to change their focus to target an ever-changing market base, we should give them a hand out and thank them for playing. We are turning into a little league country where everyone gets a trophy so we can all feel special. There are no more consequences for missteps or miscalculations or greed. We just print more money and try to take the pain away. Of course, this only applies to big business. If you are an individual, forget you. Welcome to one of our wonderful government assistance programs, where we keep giving you handouts, but won't help you get a job with skills to compete in the real world.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  114. Sylvia from California

    Jack,

    Absolutely not.... I am sick and tired of my tax money going toward bailing out another mismanaged company who could not see the demise of the newpaper.... Additionally, the news medias no longer report news... They seem to think that it is their responsibility to make news regardless of the facts....One more irresponsible and useless business that will not be missed!!!

    September 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  115. TZ

    Off course they should not bail out newspapers the reason no one likes them is because most are bias. I hear the argument all the time the internet took out the newspaper industry. People realy love reading the paper regardless of the internet. The problem is people use to have a subscription to there favorite paper over time there paper went from reliable news source to bias junk. There is not a mjor paper out there that is not bias in some way. The left wing editors ruined the industry not the internet.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  116. weiland, Albert

    Can anyone really say that the news media reports anything but trouble and bad news. Certainly those things should be reported but not to the exclusion of everything else that's happening in the world. It's no wonder we live in a society that is rude and has no idea what dignity means; wey are bombarded with new things to worry about every day by a media that slants the news to fit the reporter and subliminally we are slowly but surely becoming cynics.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  117. Pam holt

    Pam holt foley,al. No way , 21 years ago when my late husband and I bucked the local government in Columbia tenn. I was giving my info to a local newspaper editor. One day I went to see him about hurrying up with our story, for our protection , he was gone. He was promoted to a big newspaper in Nashville tenn. My late husband was put through a secret trial, which his lawyer James stranch of branstetter,kilgore,stranch and Jennings won.when he didn"t file our lawsuit against the state of tenn. We went to Atlanta and hired a civil rights lawyer. 6 days later my late husband was murdered. What good did that newspaper do us? When the local newspaper editor , David logsdon got proted to nashvlle tenn. We were left without any help. Some one from the Nashville newspaper conveinintly applied the man who murdered my late husbands, past history to him. In other words they put that my late husbAnd , who didn"t even have a driving ticket had murdered a woman eleven years earlier. The man who had murdered my late husband was the one who committed that crime,and shouldn"t have even been out of prison to have murdered my late husband. No way, no bail outs!!!!

    September 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  118. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: No, the government should not bail out the newspaper industry. There needs to be more creative approaches for newspapers to be profitable again. Part of the problem is the economy and a lack of advertisers. The government has taken on a lot but salvaging newspapers is not a global crisis.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  119. GR - NYC Metro

    I think that the government should stop competing with newspapers for the carriage of advertising. The USPS carries at least 10 regular advertising items to my mailbox each week, all at a generous discount. They think that they need to do this to survive, but I think they could increase the size of routes and reduce staff, if the junk mail were to disappear. One item, an 80 page classified ad magazine, is carried at half the rate of weekly news magazines, weighs 1-1/2 times more than they do, and goes into every mailbox. Grocery ads that used to be in newspapers are delivered now by mail carriers. It's just backwards. If the US stopped competing with newspapers, they probably wouldn't need to subsidize them.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  120. bill in TX

    Jack,
    Yes, indeed bail out the U. S. Corporations. They are Persons too. Pity the rich Corporations which our courts have granted the status of person. They live forever. Can not retire. Get no Vacations and worst of all are owned by humans – they are slaves! And yes, President Lincoln was more fearful of corporations than the ownership of humans by humans.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  121. STAN - ILLINOIS

    Newspapers such as Wall Street Journal, needs to fall by the wayside. They are so biased, I've yet to see them write anything nice about the Democrats. They could surely find some good things to say. WSJ fits in with the right wing and birthers. They are a bunch of hate mongers. Why help them spread the filth?

    September 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  122. Fran of Huntington, NY

    S-T-E-L-L-A ! I just felt like screaming.

    Is this endangered species worth saving, absolutely, but where does it all end. How do you decide? Is it based on how many jobs it will effect, how does it effect the economy? Do you get more than one bail out? Oh the insanity!

    September 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  123. John Meissner

    Well, the government is us right? Do we want more unemployment?
    If we don't keep the newspaper media alive for at least a time longer, we will continue to exacerbate the attrition rate of the employed. I can't believe how selfish so many (wealthy) people are when it comes to paying a little more for a stable society.
    On the other hand, where do we draw the line? Do we (the government) continue to give funds to failing businesses?
    If the newspapers are no longer being read to make it profitable, let then go away and concentrate on finding work for those that lose their jobs.
    I'd pay a little more of my share to help someone work. Why don't those the have ample resources (money) want to part with it. Do those gold bathroom fitures really mean that much when the world is in trouble?
    Socialism? ...or just plain common care.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  124. Jackie in Dallas

    Tricky, but I’d say no, Jack. Even before this current economic downturn, newspapers were in trouble. This has less to do with current conditions than it has to do with whether or not newspapers are still a viable form of communicating news.

    Newspapers have been disappearing for the last 10 years…the internet, 24-hour news stations on cable, and now Twitter and that ilk have given us an overdose on news, sports, sales opportunities, job hunting, and whatever else we might get from the paper. The only thing missing is the comics and Ann Landers –and I’m sure they are out there digitally somewhere! Oh, and the crossword puzzle!

    September 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  125. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    Why not? We've bailed out the automotive industry, the banks, insurance giants, and countless others. The newspaper industry is as worthy and as important as any of those mentioned above.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  126. mick, fla.

    Bailout? – as in GIVE them taxpayers money? NO!!!! How could they possibly be trusted if they're getting money from the government? However, I like the idea of them restructuring to be non-profit businesses, thereby getting tax breaks. That sounds like it could be a workable solution.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  127. Johnny From SC

    No. They should just buy every American a new computer and give them free internet service so that we can blog on The Cafferty File.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  128. Carla Martin-Wood, AL

    Obama should let this one go. The newspaper industry is failing because it is no longer immediate nor interesting. I am a writer - I hate to see the papers go, but newspapers have failed to adapt - and they are going the way of the T-Rex.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  129. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, Absolutely NOT! If they can't make on their own, then they are not wanted enough by the people who buy the papers to make it worth while. Let them die "the death of failure to evolve to meet the people's needs", as all businesses should, that cannot adapt their products to meet today's or the future's needs. Or maybe we should go back and resurrect the stagecoach and camel caravans and millions of other outmoded systems.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  130. Alan - California

    The government should not bail out any industry or financial institution or anyone else. The properly run institutions will survive and the bogus ones will fail and that is as it should be. Keeping the sick ones alive only spreads the disease.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  131. Remo, Beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    NO NO NO!
    The reason the newspaper is dying is that the public has dumbed down. The majority of the public, simply cannot sit down and read a newspaper article and comprehend the information.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  132. Jim/NC

    We the people pay the bills...read my lips...NO MORE BAILOUTS, PERIOD. Another failed strategy if the Obama administration purchases the newspaper. The newspapers will fail with or without bailing them out...just like GM and Chrysler. When will our politicians learn.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  133. Linda in Arizona

    No. Sorry.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  134. Susan from Twin Falls Idaho

    Bailing out the newspapers is like beating a dead horse. They're usually a day late and a dollar short.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  135. Joseph

    Of course. We NEED our comics and crossword puzzles in hard copies.

    Joe in Florida

    September 21, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  136. Cathy in Alabama

    Obama is taking over private businesses like Pac-man. He would love to take over and help out the newspapers, since most of them push his agenda.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  137. J, Utah

    Nope. Why are all the companies getting bailouts instead of me?

    September 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  138. Glenn Durden

    No! If a business cannot compete and make a profit that business should be superceded by one that can.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  139. PinkNC

    Hell straight down to the NO Jack. Come on, maybe if the newspapers would print more facts then people would want to pay for them. These days you just have to search here and there on the Internet and you're bound to find the facts better than the newspapers would have explained it.

    To bail them out would be a waste of government money, AGAIN!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  140. Mr. Coco Browne Holton

    No, enough with the bail out!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  141. Frank Wempa

    In another word.... NO. Can you spell government control of the media? Hmmm. And you say he's not a socialist. Ha.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  142. Brant from San Diego

    No, definitely not. What's next? The phone book companies? Newspapers and all print media are slowly becoming extinct. We need to be thinking about the future. News now comes from online and we won't be wasting any trees.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  143. Phil

    No – they have become irrelevant.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  144. Herman Newsom, Riverside, CA

    Jack, since you're leaning towards no, then so am I since it’s your industry. NO BAILOUT FOR THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  145. Sasha

    I'm all for the survival of our newspapers... but c'mon. Someone bail ME out. I'd buy newspapers for a living if the government would cancel the $53,000 I had to take out in student loans... only to be a victim of the Class of 2009 recession. Me first.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  146. Trish

    Did we bail out Linens N Things or Circuit City or the thousands of small businesses that went belly up? If we truly believe in the free market, then let it work. Businesses fail because of flawed business plans including not adapting to current market conditions.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  147. Peter M

    No, not with the mediocrity we see today passing for journalism. Let them all die....they have lied and peddled bigotry and divisive propaganda for long. Time to bury them....

    September 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  148. Harvey

    Absolutely not! There should be a constitutional ammendment to explicitly separate press and gov't in *all* respects.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  149. Brian Smith PhD

    NO no no no !!! No more bailouts for anyone or any business sector. In fact, it is time to REVERSE all the bailouts to date. It is taxpayer abuse. It time to stop this madness. Your point about the free press in bed with the government is well taken. The thought of Bob Woodward waking up to Hilary Clinton is an ugly picture. Ewwwwwwwwwwww

    September 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  150. dave severance (woodland hills CA)

    The government should not bail out any business or company, it's called capitalism.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  151. matt

    Not at all. Just like cars and banks these papers should not be rewarded for hanging on to an archaic business model that once raked in a ton for them. For a more in depth comment visit my blog...

    September 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  152. Tzivia

    Jack, can you say "obsolete"? Why would we keep an outdated medium on life support? We do not need the news to come to us on paper anymore. The nimble should migrate to other news media and the lame should retool.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  153. Danielle

    Not only no, but HELL NO! Not until he bails out all of us who are self-and unemployed! If he's such a "newspaper junkie", I'll send him my Mom's stash of old newspapers from the 1990's to read!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  154. James, NYC

    Allowing the newspapers to restructure to save themselves isn't exactly a "bailout." It sounds to me as if the President is simply willing to listen to constructive proposals for saving responsible journalism as an institution essential to democracy. And anyway, if the economy is in trouble, then why should journalism be denied the help other types of business get? Journalists are citizens too. Do we only care about people losing their jobs when those jobs are NOT vital to keeping businessmen and politicians honest?

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  155. Franz

    The government should bail out students who are strapped by student loans. While I am grateful for these loans because they have been much needed, the government should actually bailout people who are actually doing something constructive. Wall Street, Fannie Mae, Bernie Mac and all of those people that are under the terrible duress of living with 100K a year don't strike me as a good investment.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  156. Thaddeus - Milwaukee, WI

    Bailouts seem to be the buzzword of this administration. So sure why not! Bailout the newspapers too. I get my news from CNN anyhow.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  157. Shirley Mesquite

    No. The internet has changed how we communicate all around the world. I don't think it should totally disappear, but I do think the newspaper business will be decrease to a smaller business over time. It's all part of change. Nothing last forever.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  158. Viktor Hlon

    Absolutely no. Here in Ukraine lots of newspapers owned by government structures, and you know what? Nobody reads those newspapers!

    Kyiv, Ukraine

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  159. Adam C

    How about NO!! The bank bailouts didn't work. The auto industry bailout didn't work. Why should tax money go to newspapers? It's a business just like any other. Sink or swim but no more bailouts!!!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  160. Jess Zanth

    I think that the government shouldn't try to bail out the newspapers because even as we speak they are a rapidly dying breed in a age of the internet highway that can give you modern news on demand. Most people now see the newspaper as an outdated form of communication, a form of current events that can't keep up with the super highway of the internet.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  161. Barry from Mobile

    Government funding and regulating the press? Eeeewwwwww!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  162. James

    Only if they are restricted to employing and printing stories by news people of your caliber and inpartiality.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  163. John Swan

    No we should not. Asking this question is like wondering if we should have had the govt. bail out the steam powered industry. It will fit in where it belongs, when its time is done. Why do we feel we should keep helping every big business when they are in trouble? get a grip America.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  164. Darren Johnson

    No, the government should NOT bail out any institutions or businesses, including newspapers. There is no sense in throwing good money after bad. If a newspaper (or any other business) is not profitable, let it die and let the new growth industries take their place. There are several alternatives to reading news on paper. That's so 20th Century!

    Darren in Fairbanks, Alaska

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  165. Amarissa

    They already control minds with most of their bias reporting! If the government bails them, out that would mean the end to what little unbiased information is left out there.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  166. Matthew

    Although I have supported many of President Obama's bailouts, I firmly disagree that he should bailout the newspapers. I definitely think that when our news agencies are aligned with the government, they will becoming puppets of that government. Of course, every news organization at some point in time has been used as a propaganda tool by whatever administration is in power (i.e. Iraq War, WWII, Vietnam). We need to stop the slide down this slippery slope while we can!

    Matthew
    Brinkley, Arkansas

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  167. Joe Kupferer

    The government already supports Radio and Television non-profits through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Why not print media too?

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  168. kurt rand

    I for one say no way!
    Forget about free enterprise, now we must forget about free speech!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  169. Bill McLaughry: COLORADO

    No, Jack–Suppose in 1904 the government had decided to bail out the buggywhip business? Change happens.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  170. micah

    No! Save the trees. Read the paper online. Use that extra paper to print more money and buy us all icecream with it.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  171. Louise H from Tucson

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! People are no longer reading newspapers. Our local papers have gone out of business or shrunk to little more than sports coverage. Print news coverage is a rarity.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  172. Bob

    Yes, Why not we own the auto indurtry, banking, lets get the airways with fcc control, and now the print.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  173. Jerry from Kentucky

    I don't know about bailing out the people who own the papers but he sure as hell needs to help the poor independant contractor who deliver the newspapers every day. With every custome I loose I make less money each month. My income is half what it was 5 years ago.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  174. Ade from London

    Jack I'm afraid the goverment will go under too if they have to bail out every jick and harry. my answer is capital NO

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  175. Justin

    In no way should government bail-out the newspaper industry. I love reading the paper every morning but I also agree that it is a dying industry. Its the natural order of things with the advance of technology that things such as this will move more towards the internet. You get the most up to date news with online news sources versus with print news where its only up to date from whenever it went to print. It will be a futile effort if the government bails out the newspaper companies and will just waste even more taxpayer money.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  176. Chris

    This question in itself is insane! News papers are a sign of the past, we don't use typewriters anymore either. Just imagine how much MORE biased they would be if they actually got a paycheck from the left wing Gov't. Please, stop the madness!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  177. Al

    Jack, that would be as smart as Woodrow Wilson bailing out the horse and buggy industry when cars became the norm.... good grief.

    Al
    Toronto

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  178. Mark from Naperville Illinois

    When does it end Mr. President? You preach to our children about personal responsibility and the consequences of bad decisions yet you bail out entrie corporations to protect them from the consequences of the bad decisions their leaders have made. I don't believe you sir, I'd rather believe my lying eyes. You are a walking talking contradiction and the public is tiring of it. Cars, banks, newspapers...next stop states and airlines. We have already bailed out ENTIRE COUTRIES and there seems to be no end in sight...by the way "can you spare a few million for a brotha?"

    September 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  179. Sherman

    No. Still, the trend since the industrial revolution has been between big government and big business. We are apart of both. You do a poor job on covering the corporate agenda, but they own the media.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  180. Ann Marie

    Absolutely not. The mainstream media is already in bed with President Obama and this will just add to the problem. If I could redo my vote in the November election, I would vote for John McCain. This is a far left wing government and most of us middle of the road Democrats are appalled at the direction this administration is taking us.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  181. Keith Jones (Lewisville, TX)

    There is no bailout that will save the printed news industry. If this medium wants to survive, they first need to stop providing their product for free online. For a reasonable fee, I would subscribe to multiple online newspapers (if that's what they should be called).

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  182. Luke and Jane Colbert

    NO!!!!! We already have a government run news service in the form of the mainstream media. We do NOT need government running it for real. What is wrong with this picture? Washington is corrupt! We are sick of it! We are tired of it! They work for us or they should. Unfortunately they work for power for themselves. Throw them ALL out!!! Elections are coming up. Hopefully it isn't too late!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  183. Jim Thresher

    Bail out newspapers. Not no but HELL NO. These politicians are a bunch of nut cases. We have got to get them the hell out of office before our country lays in ruins.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  184. rick dill

    When will it stop? Let them fail and really teach them how to be responsible! This country is all about the ultra rich and the poor but does NOTHING for the middle.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  185. Erin Morris Savannah,GA

    I do not believe that the government should bail out the newspaper industry. That being said, as a print journalism major graduating in May, the outlook in the industry ha become increasingly bleak. A local paper that I interned at this summer had to lay several people off. Newspapers are increasingly going to online content and needing a smaller staff to do so.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  186. Tzivia

    from Albuquerque, NM

    Jack, can you say "obsolete"? Why would we keep an outdated medium on life support? We do not need the news to come to us on paper anymore. The nimble should migrate to other news media and the lame should retool.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  187. Holly

    As much as I feel that we need a balance to the blogs and opinion based media that avoids fact checking, it is a terrible idea for the government to get involved in the newspaper industry. The last thing we need is a Democrat making this suggestion – that is a sure way to get people bringing up socialism. We need to keep the press and government separate in order for the press to do its job as the 4th estate.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  188. Wm. Nichols

    If the government bails out the newspapers, the only newspapers left standing will be the ones that do not accept assistance. That's why I drive a Ford.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  189. Ballard Powell

    It would be crazy-insane for the federal governent to endeavor a bailout of the newspaper industry. This doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Another bailout, God save us please!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  190. julie Larson

    yes they should bail out the newspapers before fahrenheit 451 is becomes a reality .
    france did it and london alone has 28 newspapers.
    the only dying going on is americans' intellect

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  191. Pat from Cambridge

    You mean they haven't been purchasing all those great stories about how wonderful they are already? Seems you can't find too many articles that aren't calling most criticism racist or belittling the opposition as crazed fools or gun toting hillbillies from the south. Gee, I thought the WH had to be paying for that already or most articles would have had more facts and less rhetoric already. But then when the media made the Clintons into racists so Obama could get the nomination I don't care whether most of them go under or not.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  192. Mason

    Jack, no, because it won't help. The reason they're failing is not because of irresponsibility but because they're becoming obsolete, which is very sad and very unfortunate. With all the misinformation that goes out over the blogosphere and on biased cable news, soon an informed opinion will be hard to find in this country.

    Mount Vernon, WA

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  193. bill Embly

    The government should take over the Washington Nationals.
    Bill in Milwaukee

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  194. Marcus

    newspapers are a vital part of a democracy, if we loose the newspapers our media will be controlled by wall st funded special interest groups like fox news

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  195. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Absolutely not Jack. The writing has been on the wall for over a decade now. Just as I believe unscrupolous investors should not have gotten help from the Federal Government, those in the Newspaper industry who used poor judgement should not either.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  196. Stephen R. Collier

    We don't particularly need newspapers. It's important that we have news organizations and enough reporters to keep on top of current events, but we don't have to get that information in print format. As long as important news organizations, such as Reuters, the AP & *CNN*, stay afloat we'll be ok.

    Stephen
    Virginia Beach

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  197. Franklin

    No, absolutely not, because where do you ultimately draw the line. This is the reason why there is unemployment insurance. The media landscape is changing and people like me increasingly get there information over the internet, even if it is the site of a major newspaper. Newspaper may consider quitting printing paper altogether, or print only a Sunday paper.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  198. Glenda Trimmer

    Absolutely not! The government should not get involved in bailing out the newspapers! If they sink, so be it! The government should not get into another bail out! Government controlled newspapaers is a scarcy thing...certainly something that we should not have in the U.S.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  199. joel

    Newspapers are like a species confronted by massive change. Their choice is to evolve or die; it's rather Darwinian–survival of the fittest. News and information are still things that people want, what has to evolve is the "delivery system." Paper newspapers are dinosaurs; they should have to live or die on their own without outside intervention. The government has no business trying to preserve a status quo that no longer exists.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  200. BeJa Thomas

    I suspect the answer depends on where you live. Living in Birmingham, AL I wouldn't miss this newspaper at all except for the freebie coupons. On Sundays, I separate out the ads, and all extraneous pages and am left with less than 4 sheets of paper which contains 'news' I have already seen on tv. Duh! I'm the idiot – I paid for it.. E-newpapers are the answers but I suspect that a charge may be necessary.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  201. Julia, Newton NJ

    I'm going to have to go with yes on this one. Newspapers have long been one of the only accurate sources of information in the country, and to let that die out would only give way to people putting whatever they wanted online, and having people believe it.
    Considering that this is the field that I want to go into when I get out of college, I have to say yes. Or maybe I'll end up on air, with you and Wolf.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  202. Edward Parisen

    As an old newspaperman and daily reader of 2 or 3 newspapers, I'd hate to see any more of them die. But seriously, where does all this bailout stuff end? Newspapers, many of them badly run for years, are a business, not a life-or-death issue like health care or police services. Did we give bailouts to Packard, Studebaker, MGM, ITT or Pan Am when they were going under? Did American's lives suffer so much when these companies closed? No. These closings were sad, but we moved on. Enough already.

    Edward
    New York

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  203. Dan in Michigan

    No...Should we have bailed out the buggy-whip manufacturers when the car industry put them out of business? Let progress and creative destruction run its course! Capitalism without profit AND LOSS is like having a heaven without a hell. What bailout religion has swept this country?

    September 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  204. NETTII

    NO more bailout. Let the markets take its proper role.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  205. Jerry Brown

    We can't keep bailing out businesses . I'm a self employed musician and believe me they're isn't much work out there right now since no one has the money to go out. I can't get unemployment, welfare or any other kind of help until I use up all my assets and lose my home. But big business can just reach into the taxpayers pockets at will and get help. If the gov't wants to really help, give the money directly to the people who are losing their jobs.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  206. Richard

    A bail out for newspapers? While we're at it, why don't we go back and bail out the etchings industry, or the cave-wall-drawing industry? It is simply the newspaper's time to retire. By the time a newspaper gets out, the stories are no longer news, they're history.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  207. Mark

    No, the trouble faced by newspaper is cause of technological evolution. It is the natural byproduct of the digital age. There are many examples of new technology ursurping inferior forms of technology. Should the governement have bailled out the betamax producers, the HDDVD producers, typewriter producers, or 35 mm films. This is the natural progression of technology. Newspaper organization should expand their online content and possibly charge for it if neccesary.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  208. Drew Meltz , Boynton Beach Florida

    The newspaper industry needs to develop a new business model to compete and stay alive. No subsidies from the government are needed. Remember, if they fail, we always have books.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  209. Irv in Arizona

    No bailout, but consider print journalism as important as NPR and PBS and offer similar encouragement.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  210. Gina Russo, Naples, FL

    No, Congress shouldn't bail out the newspapers. If the publishers had done the smart thing, sold internet subscriptions only, and stopped producing paper editions altogether about a decade ago, they wouldn't be facing their current problem today. Book publishers should follow suit as well and produce only e-books. If the prices were right, both types of publishers would make money, and our environment would benefit too. Don't you think it's about time these geniuses figured that out?

    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  211. Tim Blair

    If the newspapers honestly reported the news instead of pushing agendas they would have more readers. A newspaper bailout would absolutely move the newspapers too close to the government. Does G.E. get special treatment through ownership of N.B.C.? Times change, business evolves, those who do not fall. It is and should be survival of the fittest.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  212. Jenny, Canada.

    That is a very difficult question. Obviously good journalism and journalistic integrity is vital to the health of democracy. We have public television here in Canada which features award winning journalists, as does Britain. It can be done, but I'm not sure it is the route Obama would ideally want to take, nor would the newspapers.

    The question should be how else can great papers like the Rocky Mountain News keep going? Has the Huffington post found the answer? It's the million dollar question.

    More to the point is the keeping a certain level of journalistic integrity alive and well. Foxsnews should have been sued for their constant distortion of the truth long ago. One school of journalism did an enlightening study on their use of propaganda techniques.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  213. Nick, Longmont, CO

    Jack,

    Absolutely not. Not only could this be against the 1st Amendment; the idea that the government starting to gain control of the media is scary. It is bad enough that some media companies are already control news in this country; the government getting involved is just plain scary. We see how well government run media runs in this world: Iran, China, North Korea, Myarmar, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, etc., etc.

    By the way, let the government create the law to allow non-profit newspapers, but let them raise money like PBS and NPR does; but contributions. But, a government bailout; no way. I am still waiting for my bailout after being unemployed for 21 months and counting.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  214. Billy G.

    No. Absolutely not. The Bolsheviks are running the show already. We don't need the newspapers beholden to them.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  215. Tom in Iowa

    As a former new paper person I can tell you this is a very bad idea. I personally witnessed the supression of a negative story about a local business, the story was tossed in the trash because the business was a major advertiser with one of the Newspapers publications. Who knows what stories will be shot down for fear that the next check from the Government may not make it into the owners pockets. A very bad idea indeed.

    Tom in Iowa

    September 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  216. Eric in ND

    The Government should absolutely not bail out the newspapers. Why is it in this country that if something worked in the past it should work forever? Things change. Let this dinosaur die.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  217. Bahman, Toronto

    Dear Jack, no bailout or other activity will savenewspapers as we know them. They have to transform to a new format or whatever. If you remember, when auto factories were installing robots and reducing their workforce there was a lot of resistance by unions and ... son Nothing can stand in the way of technological advance, you can only adapt and become more in tune with new technology.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  218. Aileen, California

    NO!!! He needs to stop spending our tax dollars on 'special' sectors and JUST GET US THE JOBS THAT HE PROMISED!!!! Give businesses tax breaks so they can hire workers..... he shouldn't pick and choose... eenie, meenie, miney mo....

    September 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  219. Nick J

    No...no....no.. but why does it matter anyway? The people of this country have been duped into bail-outs before so why stop now? I tell you Jack its amazing this country is still functional, but why not keep wasting tax payers money anyway? We cant do anything to stop the political elite so why try....newspapers for all.....lol

    September 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  220. Alex from PA

    I think we should bail out the newspaper industry. And while we're at it, let's bail out the buggy whip industry and the telegraph industry. Newspapers have become obsolete. We should let them die just like every other obsolete industry has done before them.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  221. Janice Osborne

    No. Then the newspapers will be indebted to the Obama Administration/Democrats...they will "be in bed" with them. Don't be silly...anyone knows "you don't bite the hand that feeds you!" That goes with the liberal newpapers too! NO...no bail-out for papers!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  222. Linda Demorest

    No. I am a printer at a surviving newspaper. But if the papers can't figure out a long term plan to be solvent then they don't have the know how to run them as businesses and should fold. Our paper has gone through scale backs and reorganizing to meet the needs of this economy...just like all surviving businesses.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  223. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    No, save the trees.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  224. Jeff Crocket in New Britain, CT

    The are Newspaper Families in this country worth Billions. Let them sink or swim with their corporate newspapers!!!

    If newspapers become proxies for government and political parties we are doomed.

    This government takeover of industries has to be stopped and reversed immediately!!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  225. Lisa D

    Goodness no! We simply cannot keep bailing out industry after industry. People don't read newspapers because they can get the news instantly on the internet and on television. By the time the paper is out, it is old news. No bailout is going to change that. The times they are a changing!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  226. Captain Petrov

    This absolutely must NOT be done. It was bad enough bailing out the crooks on Wall Street and the crooks who run the banks, but a bailout of the press? NO! We have to let this one sink or swim on its own. We have more important things to take care of than to give more money to business interests who can not survive the onslaught of their competition.

    Captain Petrov
    Maryland

    September 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  227. Allen in Illinois

    This is one of the first things being talked about that really scares me. We bailed out the banks and they now have to listen to the government. We bailed out the Auto makers and they have to make cars the government tells them to make. If we bail out newspapers, they will lose any credibility that they may of may not have. Since I retired 18 months ago, I have probably read a newspaper 3 times. I used to read the paper everyday. It is dying and I don't think there is any way to bring back the newspaper industry. People still need banks and they will still need cars eventually. They no longer need newspapers.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  228. Janice Osborne

    No...no...and again...NO! Heck no!

    Thank you!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  229. Adam C - Las Vegas, NV

    I have a better idea... figure out what the bail out should be. Then give every legal, tax paying American (that actually pays their taxes) their equal share of that bailout. Giving money to failing businesses does NOT STIMULATE ANYTHING!! Give the money BACK to the citizens that pay it in and we can buy houses, cars, TVs, dinner out, or maybe even just pay basic bills.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  230. Nancy McCoy, Cunningham, Tennessee

    Newspapers have served their purpose and now belong in the hall of fame. Technology has changed the way we live, work, and play. It's time to move on and let the newspapers die out if that is their fate. The government doesn't need to own the newspapers just like it doesn't need to go around and buy up all the old typewriters sitting on shelves because they are outdated. It's time to move on.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  231. Bryan from Colorado

    Jack,
    No No No,
    Did we bailout the VHS industry when CD's became the peoples choice for movie media. Did we bailout horse ranchers when the automobile came along. Why would we want to invest in a old industry that already charges for reading its papaer online. I do not believe that its the economy that is the poroblem with news papers. I believe the people all over the world that get their news from online or TV outlets. This industry is on its way out and its not a a problem. We must as a country move forward and let the outdated industries fade away.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  232. John Nelson

    Non-profit status works well for television and radio news outlets; consider NPR, PBS, and Pacifica Broadcasting. Do not confuse non-profit status with government run news agencies, such as Britain's BBC, which provides excellent journalism. Professional ethics must guide journalism in any form, even corporate sponsored news outlets that have dominated American media for decades.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  233. Frederick

    No, we can't bail out every business in the country. I can understand bailing out the big banks, because we didn't have a choice without causing a larger problem. I hope this is a one time thing and learn from Bush's 8 years of negect concerning our finanical problems, and us as citizens vote out the policticians who think of big business interests.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  234. James V.

    Should the government bail out the newspaper industry? Of course not. It would be like the Fox bailing out the Farmer's mortgage problems to get the keys to the Hen House. Can you say goodbye to freedom of political expression by the print media? I can't.

    James V. / RobbinsvilleNJ

    September 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  235. Bruce Marshall

    Jack this is sad but it is part of the problem with our education. Young people don't read or don't read well. They don't want a news paper they want you and Wolf to tell them everything. When I was in school we used slid rules and then came the calculators we asked our teacher could we use them and he said yes after we showed him we could do it on paper.
    I just got the new book by Dan Brown ( The Lost Symbol ) I enjoy reading and this is why papers are in trouble, the young people don't want to take the time to go through the paper and get another point of view. Hell I hope you don't think I only take yours and Wolfs word on thing. And god bless the people who are speed reading these e-mails

    September 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  236. george

    no jack the govenrment allready owns and runs the media. i think thats enough for now..............newspapers are going away because they failed to acknowledge the internet and what is was going to do to their livelyhoods
    ie they failed to evolve their buisness models and addapt to the changing world of exchanging information.
    george
    chester,ct.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  237. Shelly Loveland, Ohio

    Jack,
    He is right about the fact that we need our news. The paper isn't where people find it any more. I myself still have the daily paper delivered. I like the puzzles. What puzzles me most is why my tax dollars should fix the fact that people don't want to sit and read the paper anymore. We have gotten use to having someone tell us the news, and it comes from the same place we watch our sports and dramas. We have become a nation to lazy to read a newspaper, but my taxes could be spent on something more important. Maybe my government giving me a new speech about health care.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  238. james

    Freedom of speech is as essential now as it was when Ben Franklin started his first newspaper in Philadelphia. If we can bail out the Capialist, we can help the AMERICANS. James / African American!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  239. Chris/Los Angeles

    Prez BO, I got your back. But let's not push it.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  240. Frank Rimell

    Supporting a bail out of the newspaper would probably be the ultimate in government intervention into our lives. What happend to the idea of free markets, free enterprise and most importantly a free press. If people are not reading newspapers anymore then there is probably a good reason for it. We should have bailed out the typewriter industry in the 80's when we had the chance. .

    September 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  241. Mark in California

    No, the trouble faced by newspaper is cause of technological evolution. It is the natural byproduct of the digital age. There are many examples of new technology ursurping inferior forms of technology. Should the governement have bailled out the betamax producers, the HDDVD producers, typewriter producers, or 35 mm films. This is the natural progression of technology. Newspaper organization should expand their online content and possibly charge for it if neccesary.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  242. Ken in NC

    I think it’s time the newspaper industry needs to call a Bail Bondsman and not the Government.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  243. Jim Green, Seguin, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Newspapers are going the way of the buggy and the whip, being replaced with the internet, 24-7 news, and instant info—just “Google”it—and people are tired of throwing out unread newspapers cluttering their homes—they didn't have time to read—No we shouldn't bail them out—and the smart ones are going on line in any event....

    September 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  244. Danny from Arlington, Texas

    Jack,
    Investigative reporting from our newspapers not only protects us from government corruption, but it also protects us from corporate corruption. If there is no one watching them (corporations), there is no telling what harm their greed could do the American public. The fact that these corporations own many of these newspapers and their focus on profit only, are a major reason newspapers are in the trouble they are in. If we need the government to prop up this vital industry for the good of our country, I don't have a problem with it. I think we need to take newspapers away from corporations, and put them back in the hands of the people who care about our quality of life,,,,,and they're out there somewhere.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  245. Susan in Louisiana

    No, because the newspaper industry is supposed to inform citizens of government corruption if the government owns it, we have lost our system of checks and balances.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  246. Tony Karaba

    No. They killed themselves with bad/biased journalism. They deserve what they get. If you really want to puke, pick up the Arizona Republic any given time and you'll see what I mean. They proudly endorsed John McCain and John Kyl. In this country if you have enough money you can buy anything you want including a newspaper to try to sway or control a metropolitan area especially If you own the monopoly in that given industry.(media) Look back in history and research the murder of Don Bolles, his own employer (The AZ REP) is owned by the same corrupt thugs that had him killed. Why else would this state bury that story? They have become the "private sector" that 'buys" their own politicians (lobbyists).

    September 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  247. Greg

    The slippery slope of financial bailouts, cash for clunkers, crop subsidies, trade sanctions and the rest of government artificial interference should not be greased with incentives for newspapers. Even though I am a newspaper subscriber and would like to continue reading my news in print, I object to tax dollars propping an industry where the writing is on the wall.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  248. Brad from Arkansas

    If newspapers are failing, it's because not enough people want to buy their inferior product anymore. It's the same reason the car companies were going under. Not enough people saw the value in what they were giving them, so they failed. The government shouldn't be forcing us to buy stuff we don't want to. If these are the smartest people to bring us the news, then why aren't they smart enough to change their business strategy to stay with the changing times?

    September 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  249. Joe

    Why would the government want to give rise to the notion that they're socialists?

    From an investment perspective, newspapers are obsolete and will never again be self-sufficient.

    Contrary to the argument that the postal service is going under because it is government run, it is the presence of the internet and e-mail that is the cause for the postal service's imminent demise. The only way to save print media would be to abolish electronic-media...do you see that happening?

    If the government is laying off their own employees at the postal service, I can hardly see the justification for a loser investment into newspapers.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  250. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Why not? It's all about the Votes! Auto industry, insurance, Wall Street, Banking, soon health care..... look at all the additional votes the government could garner by taking over control of the newspaper industry. I just hope they will leave the Comic page alone – we could then skip the 'news' pages & get all the information we really need from Doonesbury.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  251. Rich

    No. I think the Government has done their job in bailing out necessary and vital industries in order to keep from a total collapse of the economy. We can all talk about the bailout of the Auto and Financial industry, but let's face it...F and A are the first two letters in the word FALL. Not meant to give both industries criticism reprieve though; It was unpopular, but I don't hear too many of those people who still have jobs complaining about having a job, but I stray from the topic. The newsprint industry have VERY little room to improve their craft. They will have find another way to keep this source of information viable in a changing technological world. Tough pill to swallow but there's a reason Buckley's tastes awful...

    British Columbia
    Canada

    September 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  252. Daniel

    Jack, The US Government should not bail out the newspapers.
    Newspapers are not the power of the cities and have no more political influence.
    Newspapers gave many warning signs that have never been acknowledged
    1) Coming of automation, the end of the linotype machine.
    2) End of the Evening edition, all papers went to Morning editions.
    3) Demise of the International Typographical Union.
    4) The Internet and 24 hour news sources.
    5) Stock market quotes, no longer printed.
    6) Lineage for Classified Ads are gone, so goes the revenue.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  253. Bobby

    JC,
    Certainly. After that they could bail out the San Fransisco Giants. They are taking on water and sinking fast.
    Bobby
    Stockton,CA

    September 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  254. gregory

    No, this is capitalist society, when is the Obama admin going to bail the working poor and poverty stricken 20-30dollars a pay period extra on my check doesn't make a dent in my bills and I haven't received the money yet, Pres. Obama where's my real bail out you forgot the poor.

    8

    September 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  255. Ed

    Let 'em be. The market will decide. There may be nothing more important to our culture at this moment but we can't simply fake it with hand -outs..

    September 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  256. Ken in NC

    Can you imagine how much paper would be taken from land fills each year if newspapers went the way of T-Rex? Now if only we could only do the same for headaches, wars, drug dealers and politicians.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  257. Kari

    Unfortunately bailing out the newspapers is kind of like closing the barn door after the cows have left the barn. The demise of the newspapers was predictable since newspapers are the only place in media where you can get yesterday's news today and today's news tomorrow. The fact that people are interested in real time news means that printed media has no ability to compete.

    This leaves in depth reporting and editorials as the only reason to read newspapers. Unfortunately, newspapers have staffed themselves with journalists who by their own admission and published reports are 90+% democrat or liberal and not at all shy about ramming their own political agenda down the throat of anyone still willing to read their column. This fact is a large part of the reason that people have made the choice to seek unbiased facts by viewing multiple internet based sources and thus drawing their own conclusions.

    In summary, bailouts to fund the same losing product that they are already peddling will be only a stopgap solution. Similar to the auto industry, pumping in money without changing the process and updating the product will lead to requests for more bailouts just as the auto industry will need as soon as they replenish inventories from the "Cash for Clunkers" fire sale. It's time to let failing enterprises fail and successful enterprises thrive. The market knows the difference and will pick the winners.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  258. Al in northbroof,il

    No!!! I just finished reading the LA Times and parts of the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune- online==> for free! As much as I love the smell of a "real" paper, millions are reading online for free...the papers should move into the 21st century and charge for online subscriptions-maybe that would cover a lot of expenses and online asxertizers would follow.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  259. Claire - Melbourne FL

    Why not? Everyone else is getting $$$.
    I like a newspaper in the am.............

    September 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  260. Priscilla M.

    No, there comes a point where an industry will either adapt to the times or it should fail gracefully and become part of our memories of the past. Newspapers have not adapted to the times and can not survive even with a bail out.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  261. Sharon, Marine City, MI

    OMG! We're done for if the Feds get the Press. What's true and what's Propaganda? I am truly worried about this to the depth of my soul. If the tax payers are really paying for it then I want my own column to talk about propaganda and traitors.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  262. Charles in Lawrence, NJ

    Not directly, there’s already enough credibility issues. Instead, in light of failing public education, require every student past 5th grade to have a newspaper everyday with related course work. It’s literature, history, math, social studies, politics etc., in your face and keeping it real to quash the boredom and disaffection that plaques public education. A symbiotic cure for what ails us.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  263. Ron in Phoenix

    As a copy editor for 30 years, I have watched newspaper "suits" transform the nation's watchdogs into lapdogs. Newspapers have adopted a self-serving mission statement: Saying it makes it so. Newspapers still look good on the outside, but they are dying from within. Ink is no longer black. It is green. Money, not news, rules. If a newspaper cares more about its shareholders than upholding the First Amendment, let it die. I call on newspaper journalists to unite. Let the nation know why newspaper are dying. Cover your own newspaper. Tell the story. Stand up for freedom of the press.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  264. Vic

    I bet the buggy whip and shirt waist industries wish they had a bailout too! As long as "news" is free on the internet and on shows like yours – paper versions will go by the wayside. Now if they print more valuable coupons.........they could be saved!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  265. Brian, Seattle WA

    The newspaper industry needs to find new ways to compete. A bailout should not be implemented, but especially not with the goal of preserving "good journalism". Newspapers are just as capable of excessively poor and irresponsible journalism as any other news media formats, not including blogs, and as a result should not be given a free pass.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  266. Jackie in Dallas

    Cathy in Alabama,

    Where on EARTH are you getting your information? Rush?Hannity?

    Neither President Obama OR the government (they are not the same thing - President Obama is just a part of the government) have not "taken over" any industry. They have regulated some, they have bailed some out and retain some rights in how the companies are run due to the finanical obligation that the INDUSTRY ASKED FOR, but they do not "own" any of them. Ask someone from Russia where for decades the government really did own industry what the difference is. As it is, look at the automotive industry which is slowly pulling itself back together, with new executives willing to listen to what the people really want and need.

    If President Bush had not just given AIG and Wall Street tons of money without any accountability, we wouldn't have such scandals as the multi-million dollar golden parachutes for the executives that got them into financial problems in the first place or the fancy "training" at high priced spas.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  267. Sasha - Poughkeepsie, NY

    I’m all for the survival of our newspapers… but c’mon. Someone bail ME out. I’d buy newspapers for a living if the government would cancel the $53,000 I had to take out in student loans… only to be a victim of the Class of 2009 recession. Me first.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  268. I. B., Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    If the newspapers are looking for a government bailout, the future of journalism is not in newspapers. I suggest you journalist get jobs in other forms of the news media.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  269. Ron

    Absolutely not. The newspaper business has gone the way of the elevator operator. It is simply obsolete. Also, I see no great proof that the printed press goes to any lengths to verify facts either. It is a mirror image of what I see on the airwaves. Lets get the spectacular, the bizarre, the controversial, lets spread the rumors and innuendo. Whatever will sell, we shall do it and print it. Just like the airwaves facts are boring. The online news paper will suffice. That is the business it has evolved into in the 21st century. It is simply a farce that the printed media is any more factual and reliable than any other form of media. Watergate can be uncovered in the 21st century. Even in 1972-1974 Woodward and Bernstein’s story came to light once it hit the evening news, not from people reading the paper. The airwaves pushed the story forward, otherwise it would have been a footnote. Newspapers are simply obsolete and no amount of money thrown at the industry is going to cause people to order the printed press with so many other paperless alternatives available. It is nostalgia and nothing more. Times change.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  270. Crypto

    No, newspapers need to transform themselves. Paper is just the medium, not the news.

    Just copy the music industry, where you can now download a single song for $1 or less, instead of buying a whole CD when you may not like all the songs. You can listen to a sample of a track to see if you like it.

    In the same way, a news organization (not news-paper) allows the reader to sample all the news from their website and if they want more on a particular story, they can pay a few pennies (a micro-payment) to get that story. Payment is handled by one time login using online funding such as paypal with an aggregated payment scheme.

    Ask me for my ideas for more enhanced revenue streams!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  271. Richard Campbell

    Government funding of the media would be far preferable to the current situation where the media for the most part is owned by large corporations and depends on advertising from corporations for most of its revenue. This dependance has led to the current economic mess and a host of other environmental and social problems. In Canada, the CBC receives government money and is far more critical of corporations and the government than the American media.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  272. mike tn

    if government did the very gov could tell the industry how to operate
    and tell them how much to pay the employees like they are in the
    automobile and banking industry..so my answer is a resounding no.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  273. David Howe

    No. Absolutely no government participation in the "news" industry. A bailout of one paper is the equivalent of abridging the free press rights of its competition. If the government can pick some winners, the next step will inevitably be sanctions against the "losers" who disagree with the current administration's positions. The government will next be trying to restrict free speech. Oh, that's right, they are already trying to shut down free speech for Humana, who disagrees with them. The First Amendment seems to mean nothing to this administration.

    Does anybody else notice how slippery this slope already is?

    September 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  274. Gary In Lexington

    Jack: No! We should not have bailed out the "too big to fail" investment banks, brokerage companies, retail/commercial banks, AIG, GM, Chrysler, Fannie, Freddie and the rest of them! As you all have reported, I believe 94, "not too big to fail" banks have been seized by the FDIC so far this year, with 100 to 300 more possible. And who knows how many thousands of small and intermediate size private and public companies have filed for bankruptcy protection or closed their doors? So, I sadly, but firmly believe they must be allowed to fail. Either we are a market capital economy or we are a quasi-Government economy, but we cannot be both, nor should we be. Not to mention our dire fiscal situation.
    Gary,
    Lexington,KY

    September 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  275. Lincoln Stearn

    Federal Legislottery for yet another industry:
    Absolutely NOT. The current examples of agendized, unfair, unbiased, unbalanced reporting of entertainfo that claim to be 'news' are only surpassed in their glaring deficiencies by 'Television Mainstream Media'.

    Stop spending my G D effing money! When will The Fed wake up and realize, it's not _their_ money to spend? I suppose it is just too big a leap for anyone who never had to earn a living. Since when did 'Civil Servant' morph into 'Royalty' ?

    When does the taxpayer get some relief? I suppose we don't have expensive enough lobbyists.

    “The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money” -M. Thatcher

    September 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  276. Just me

    Why would the US government consider bailing out the newspaper industry when it did nothing for the dairy industry? Have you bought a gallon of milk lately? Or cheese or ice cream? Dairy prices are at record lows and farmers – many who have been in the business for over a hundred years are closing their doors. If that's not bad enough, consider that the dairy industry directly provides about 1 job for every 80 cows - multiply that by the number of dairy cows in any state and you get an idea of how many jobs are at stake.What makes the media more worthy of a bailout then the dairy farmers?

    September 21, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  277. Ron in Phoenix

    As a copy editor for 30 years, I have watched newspaper “suits” transform the nation’s watchdogs into lapdogs. Newspapers have adopted a self-serving mission statement: Saying it makes it so. Newspapers still look good on the outside, but they are dying from within. Ink is no longer black. It is green. Money, not news, rules. If a newspaper cares more about its shareholders than upholding the First Amendment, let it die. I call on newspaper journalists to unite. Let the nation know why newspaper is dying. Cover your own newspaper. Tell the story. Stand up for freedom of the press.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  278. Dawn - Los Angeles, CA

    Instead of complaining about the internet, the newspaper industry might want to spend their time figuring out how they might co-exist in this post industrialized world. This is not the 1800s. Television studios learned to adapt from an ever decreasing audience by allowing viewers to watch television episodes online. Newspapers should do the same. Put it this way; If the government decided to bail out the record industry, it doesn't mean I'm going to go out first thing in the morning and buy an eight track.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  279. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    Why not? They have bailed out all the companies that got us into this economic mess we are in. What we need are more reporters and editors like the Washington Post had during Watergate.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  280. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Yes to some extent...since There is a need to definitely contribute to preserve the health of our democracy that exists because of our diverse media and especially because of the newspaper industry and indepth reporting...the help needed is all in the details but then again and people need to understand and appreciate the newspaper industry and its vital role to our society...! There will always be room for the printed media in a balance society that serves all its customers!!!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  281. gabby

    yea Jack, take us back to the stone age! Already we are behind in cellular technology and modernization so if ya'll think we should go backwards, then make my day to destabilize this country!!!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  282. Dozie Obi

    Newspapers dont need bail out because people depend on the internet and mobile phones for their daily news and updates. the bailout will not help the newspaper industry, instead the newspapers should concentrate all their efforts on the web and print less .

    September 21, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  283. james

    I don't believe the Newspaper media in America ihas sold out to political interest. Freedom of the Speech is just as important now as it was when Honorable Ben Franklin published his first news letter. If we can bail out Capitalist Wall Insurance Companies, we can help the only standing foundation that allows us to decide the facts through responsible commentary and the freedom of The U.S. Press.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  284. Esther somewhere over the rainbow Ohio

    save the tree's they will help end global warming. let the newspapers fail.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  285. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    No, the government should not bailout newspapers. We've done enough bailouts already and can not reasonably afford another. If the newspapers would get back to simply reporting the news based on facts they might just find themselves profitable again. Our local newspaper in this small city seems to think it's their reasponsability to create news by distorting the facts and constantly trying to ruin local politicans such as mayors and city coucil members. On top of this I'm convinced they do not employ any proof readers based on the poor spelling and grammer in the articles they publish. I say, if the newspapers can't be profitable, let them go under – no more bailouts. I'm sure Ted Turner would like this idea.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  286. Ron in Phoenix

    Let the nation know why newspapers are dying. (I have my glasses on)

    September 21, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  287. Jesse Warren

    No, they should not be bailed out. before we bail out every major corporation in America we should bail out the 'American family" . If we were bailed out we'd have the money to buy their products, like newspapers, mortgages, stocks, cars, etc. Rewarding those who have long taken advantage of the people is like letting the criminals out of jail and sentencing the victims to hard labor and stiff financial penalties.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  288. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Sure Jack, because that’s a good way to ensure we have a free press. If we ever need any insight into current events, we can consult our local State-run newspaper for their unbiased take on things. We already know this White House is profiling members of the media and either rewarding or hindering their reporting based on their views of the President, what do you think will happen if they actually have final say on what gets printed, the careers of those in the business, and their compensation? Just this weekend the President appeared on every morningshow in the country, and probably out of the country, except Foxnews. Why? Because he believes in being fair and balanced? I don’t like it, Jack.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  289. lynne from NC

    The question should be why can't we break up the newspaper chains and letting them go back to being locally owned?

    Concentrating on making revenue through ads and shunning the basic premise of what a newspaper is supposed to be as in informing the public of the good, the bad and the ugly is what got the Fourth Estate in trouble.

    Congress needs to go back and re-regulate the ownership media. No one corporation should own 30 papers. That's just asking for trouble.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  290. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    Yes the Government is all of us , no man is a island . Or we could let all these working get lay off and then pay for their unemployment checks. let the stock market crash again with my pension money. You see jack once a company is to big to fail and we bail them out, we all have failed

    September 21, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  291. Mike S., New Orleans

    No, sadly, the era of the daily newspaper is coming to an end. The government has no more business bailing out newspapers than they do trying to bring back 8 track tapes.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  292. ARNOLD KIRKBRIDE

    Oh No! What am I going to cover the bottom of the bird cage with?

    September 21, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  293. RJ

    Absolutely not. We must have a separation for proper checks and balances.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  294. Bryan in Illinois

    No, the newspapers should not be bailed out. This technology is increasingly irrelevant. News is not disappearing, it is changing to a new medium. Should we have propped up radio dramas as they faded away for television? People who want to read the news are using the internet. It is not only cheaper, but it is faster, has more information, and a wider variety of sources.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  295. Monk Mann

    Lets see the govt bails out the banking and auto system and now calls a lot of the shots. Now they will own the newspapers as well.

    To learn all that is required if life, just watch The Godfather one and two.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  296. Gloria

    No, how about bailing out the poor taxpayer!

    September 21, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  297. David Howe

    To James of NYC:

    You asked "why should journalism be denied the help other types of business get? Journalists are citizens too. Do we only care about people losing their jobs when those jobs are NOT vital to keeping businessmen and politicians honest?"

    In addition to all the other reason they should not be bailed out, newspapers (and news deliverers in general) have abdicated their "keeping businessmen and politicians honest" job for one of backing one side or the other as advocates, not as impartial commentators. If they did their CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED ASSIGNMENT without bias, they wouldn't be in such bad straights. They would be readable by BOTH sides of the political spectrum, and their stories would be trusted by the readers. They have lost that trust, and it won't come back after a government bailout.

    From Flagstaff, AZ

    September 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  298. Don

    First of all, the government should never have stepped in to bailout any privately owned companies. They should have failed due to their mismanagement and questionable ethical practices. If anything, they should have been audited (as should every elected official in the United States) to determine the extent of their criminal activity and indicted accordingly. Proper preventive and extended healthcare, including dental for every citizen, is the most important issue we as a nation could ever endeavor to correct. Until we have solved this real problem, not another dime of taxpayer money should be spent to help any privately owned companies, especially not newspapers. Let the dinosaurs die.

    September 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  299. Nick from LA

    This is stupid. Newspapers are dying and everyone knows it. Don't put this industry on life support. First off is would be undeserved, secondly, look forward. In 10 years do you think newspapers will be still florishing? They are dying. Let them go in peace.

    September 21, 2009 at 7:01 pm |
  300. Jane

    Obama should bail out the newspapers. Once he's done, he can buy up the struggling religious organizations.

    September 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm |