Skip to comments.Journalism Needs a Stimulus. Here’s What it Should Look Like (Barf Alert)
Posted on 03/25/2020 3:46:48 AM PDT by SkyPilot
The coronavirus COVID-19 has upended everything, including business as usual in Washington. In a matter of days, facing the reality of a nationwide shutdown and a worsening economic crisis, Congress got serious about spending moneya lot of it.
A recovery package in the trillions of dollars is expected soon, and more stimulus bills are likely to follow. While the most powerful lobbies in Washingtonthe airlines, the oil companies, the chambers of commerceare ready with their wish lists, the media and policymakers arent talking enough about how recovery and stimulus bills could help journalism.
Free Press, the independent, nonprofit advocacy organization I lead, champions structural solutions to the news businesss dire financial problems. Weve long campaigned for more federal and state support for public media, opposed media consolidation, and argued that journalism is too important to democracy to be left to the whims of the market.
In the face of this pandemic, the public needs good, economically secure journalists more than ever. As most of us are sheltered in place, journalists are out there tracking the spread of COVID-19, separating fact from fiction, and holding politicians and powerful institutions accountable. We need the press asking tough questions and digging through fine printstarting with this fast-moving recovery bill, which is both absolutely necessary and particularly ripe for corruption and boondoggles. Crucially, we need local reporters delivering information on how to stay safe and healthy, who is saving lives, what institutional failures are making matters worse.
To support that work, we need a journalism stimulus now. Free Press is asking for at least $5 billion in emergency funds right awaywhich would be less than half of one percent of a trillion-dollar recovery packageand that Congress put a foundation in place to help sustain journalism over the long term.
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Whatever you want to call the COVID-19 event (hoax or pandemic), it is highlighted what is really important.
We need doctors, nurses, truck drivers, warehouse workers, and manufacturers.
We don't need NBA millionaires, YouTube "Influencers", Hollywood celebrities, and especially media propagandists.
These thugs don't need (nor deserve) a "bailout."
is = has
die a thousand deaths traitors
America to the Soros paid propaganda machine: learn to code.
Biggest joke I've heard in a while.
How about we give them $1 million worth of rope to hang themselves with?
If the government pays the Free Press 5B, is it still Free Press???
I’d like to find out the salaries of ones like Maddow, King, Cuomo, Scarborough, and all of those other idiots to see how much they get paid for the newzak drivel they churn out day after day. Bet they’re a great deal more than what most of us here make, therefore, among the last things needing a “stimulus”.
Fire all of them and replace them with journalists?
We have always been at war with East Asia...
These clowns like to flatter themselves that they “speak Truth to Power” which is a farce.
See how much criticizing of Power they do when Power is filling their wallets.
A 9mm stimulus should be sufficient.
Crucially, we need local reporters delivering information on how to stay safe and healthy, who is saving lives, what institutional failures are making matters worse.”
For the last item they will say “Orange man bad!”
The press should instead try speaking unbiased truths, leaving editorial labeled as such in the last 5% of their product.
And we’re NOT a democracy. Read COTUS sometime, Mr. Aaron.
The Babylon Bee has outdone itself! I am still laughing.......WHAT!? This story is real?
The Free Press is writing comedy now.
I agree, journalism needs a stimulus.
Zapping every dishonest or partisan reporter or editor with an overpowered cattleprod is a form of stimulus, right?
I was thinking of a logical and pithy refutation of this pathetic article, but I’ll just go with “Die MF, die”.
Were supposed to reward the traitors that play no small part in trying to take this country down with their propaganda? Learn to code MFers.
It's in the tens of millions.
The stimulous I suggest for these scumbags is an old fashion soldering Iron (quite large) red hot and shoved up each one of thier keisters
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