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Grab This Lifeline, Or Else

2009-03-20 17:47:51.919977+00 by petronius 4 comments

A link from Reason: The San Francisco Bay Guardian is afraid the San Francisco Chronicle will be closed by the Hearst interests. So they propose this:

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is asking the Justice Department to relax anti-competitive rules on newspaper ownership (a bad idea), should instead push legislation barring a daily newspaper in a one-paper town from closing down unless and until the owners offer it for sale at a fair price and give someone else a chance to run it. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer should join her.

So, you should be forced to stay in business, or sell it to the first comer. Interesting idea.

[ related topics: Bay Area Journalism and Media Law Enforcement California Culture ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2009-03-20 20:53:49.108143+00 by: Dan Lyke

Man, the Guardian has been becoming progressively more and more whacked out, but I think they've just officially lost it.

Not the least of which is that Hearst's "we're gonna have to shut the Chron down" is mostly a negotiating tactic with their labor force...

#Comment Re: made: 2009-03-20 23:51:37.357244+00 by: Larry Burton

NPR's All Things Considered did a segment that was closely related to this and other newspaper stories that have been talked about here lately. It seems that there are no takers for the papers that have been offered to other papers.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-03-21 01:44:47.069042+00 by: ziffle

Directive 10-289

Point 2:

Point Two: All industrial, commercial, manufacturing, and business establishments of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth remain in operation, and the owners of such establishments shall not quit, nor leave, nor retire, nor close, sell or transfer their business, under penalty of the nationalization of their establishment and of any or all their property.

Atlas Shrugged

I bought a used car today. They wanted my social security number. I said what for? He said the computer checks with homeland security to verify whether I amd a person of interest or thereabouts.

We are the Third Reich. It is time to regain the constitution. Can you see NOW why Ron Paul was right?

#Comment Re: made: 2009-03-21 11:46:24.655998+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Ziffle, You'll soon be seeing that "check" for all kinds of things. It's happening mostly in the background now.

As for the nationalization of private business, it is wrong, but it is happening.