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Government take over of the media too?

Govt will need to help shape U.S. media–Waxman
December 2, 2009 by John Poirier

WASHINGTON – A top Democratic lawmaker predicted on Wednesday that the government will be involved in shaping the future for struggling U.S. media organizations.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, saying quality journalism was essential to U.S. democracy, said eventually government would have to help resolve the problems caused by a failing business model.

Waxman, other U.S. lawmakers and regulators are looking into various options to help a newspaper industry hurt by the shift in advertising revenues to online platforms.

Tweaks to the tax code to allow newspapers to spread losses over a greater number of years, providing a nonprofit structure to allow for public and foundation funding, and changes to antitrust laws are being considered by lawmakers and policymakers.

Did Rep. Waxman ever think perhaps the news industry is suffering because they offer a crap product? Perhaps journalists should stop being the media arm of the Democratic Party.

Democrats, bailout, congress, government, ideology, indoctrination, left wing, liberalism, nanny state, news media, oppression, oversight, pandering, philosophy, politics, recession, supply and demand

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How petty can Obama be?

The White House Stupidly Goes To War With Car Web Site Edmunds.com
October 29, 2009 by Joe Weisenthal

It is an odd, and we’d say regrettable, pattern of this White House that it lets itself get dragged down into fights with specific media outlets.

George W. Bush experienced acrimony with the New York Times, but for the most part, other than general frustrations of a conservative administration, complaining about a liberal media, it was no big deal.

But in addition to Fox News, now The White House is going after highly-respected and influential car site Edmunds.com.

Seriously, what’s the point of this? Clunkers is over. It just makes The White House look thin-skinned, though it’s great publicity for Edmunds. And yes, Clunkers massively distorted this morning’s GDP number, as we demonstrated here, but we’re with Edmunds that it was a giant waste with little long-term benefit.

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Fear of shortage triggers run on gas
oil, economics, supply and demand, hurricanes

September 13, 2008, Steve Reeves

With Hurricane Ike bearing down on the Texas coast and its numerous oil platforms and refineries, the fear of shortages sent gasoline prices soaring in Tuscaloosa and around the South on Friday.

In Tuscaloosa, motorists raced to fill their tanks as the price of a gallon of regular gas rocketed above $4, and rumors spread that it would climb even higher.

Amid widespread complaints of price-gouging, Gov. Bob Riley declared a state of emergency for Alabama late Friday afternoon, triggering a state law that prohibits ‘unconscionable pricing.’ In issuing the declaration, Riley cited the likelihood that damage caused by Ike will lead to an energy shortage.

In some parts of the state, prices climbed above $5 a gallon and some stations placed plastic bags over pump nozzles, indicating they were out of fuel.

University of Alabama professor Peter Clark, an expert in oil and gas pricing, said suppliers and store owners are to blame for the spike in prices, not the oil companies.

Filed under: economics, hurricanes, oil, supply and demand

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