Civil Liberties

What Part of "Congress Shall Pass No Law" Don't You Understand, Pt. 472


Oh goody, John Fitzjawbone Kerry is holding Senate hearings next week on how to save the lowly American newspaper.

"America's newspapers are struggling to survive and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved, including hundreds at the [Boston] Globe, there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount," Kerry wrote in a letter sent to union leaders Friday. The union released the letter yesterday.

In his letter, addressed to "the Boston Globe family," Kerry voiced his commitment to the industry and to ensuring that the "vital public service newspapers provide does not disappear."

Note the utter, almost beautiful incongruity of Kerry's next brainfart:

"The increase in media conglomerates has resulted in an increase in agenda-driven reporting and over time, if those of us who value a diversity of opinion and ideas, and are unafraid to be confronted with pointed commentary and analysis, do not act, it is a situation which will only get worse," Kerry wrote.

Yes, if we don't act fast to snuff out agenda-driven reporting, diversity of opinion will be threatened! The fuck?

Reason on newspaper bailouts here. Link via Romenesko.