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Gibbs: No Newspaper Bailout from the Government

By Scott Wilson
Newspapers are facing an existential crisis, but a government bailout? Not likely.

Asked today to assess the state of the newspaper industry, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said "there's a certain concern and a certain sadness when you see cities losing their newspapers or regions of the country losing their newspapers."

But, he added, "I don't know what, in all honesty, government can do about it."

Gibbs spoke as the New York Times Co. threatens to close the Boston Globe, a New England institution, unless its unions agree to $20 million in concessions. The company's negotiators have said they might soon file the required federal notice to shutter the newspaper, which the Times Co. bought in 1993 for $1.1 billion.

Obama, Gibbs said, "believes there has to be a strong free press." But he added that government aid "might be a bit of a tricky area to get into, given the differing roles" of the executive branch and a press that's suppose to keep its eye on it.

Despite the "certain sadness" Gibbs said he feels, he couldn't resist a dig at the press corps. Last month, the media portrayed Obama's instruction to Cabinet members to cut $100 million from their budgets as a laughably small sum given the size of the $3.4 trillion budget and the mounting public debt.

"I would note that, looking at some of the balance sheets -- I wondered how you guys didn't think $100 million meant a lot a few weeks ago, but, looking at some of the balance sheets, $100 million seems to mean a lot," Gibbs said.

The question of whether the government should bail out newspapers was asked by CNN's Ed Henry, a television correspondent.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 4, 2009; 3:17 PM ET
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Did you see Warren Buffett's comments on the Washington Post? LOL!

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

rtfanning-
Only cowards make decisions based on fear. Fearmongering is anti-Christian, and immoral. We rightly rejected fear when we booted out the scaredy-cat banana republicans last election.

Actually, republicans haven't won a presidential election since the 1992, but democratic votes were intentionally under counted in 2000, and 2004. Michael Connell was under investigation for his role in eliminating democratic votes when Rove threatened him if he squealed. Connell was killed on Dec. 19th. 2008, and took with him secrets that would have rightly destroyed the republican party. This was too coincidental to ignore, but Rove does his best work when the media are preoccupied with popular nonsense as the were with Blago last December.

Posted by: rooster54 | May 4, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Fox News and WSJ are the two press outlets actually MAKING money!

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 5:24 PM

JakeD-
Dope dealers MAKE money too, probably with higher ethical standards than Fox or WSJ. Both refuse to challenge their core belief in phantom wealth.
Besides, "The love of money is the root of all evil." of course I know the neoclowns never cared for anything Jesus taught.

Posted by: rooster54 | May 4, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

rooster54:

Fox News and WSJ are the two press outlets actually MAKING money!

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes has given perhaps his most dire warning yet, saying that the Obama administration is preparing to stage terror attacks, declare martial law and cancel the 2012 elections, which is why they are demonizing their political enemies as criminals and terrorists.

Keyes is best known for his performance during the 2000 Republican presidential debates, when he was accredited by many media outlets as being the clear winner during a series of debates with George W. Bush and John McCain.

“It’s obvious that they will stop at nothing,” Keyes told attendees of a reception in Fort Wayne, adding, “We may wake up one day and there’s a series of terrorist attacks, the economy is paralysed….martial law will be declared everywhere in the United States and it won’t end until the crisis ends.”

Keyes said that Americans should be thankful if they even see another election in 2012, stating, “If we don’t wake up and work to see that it happens, we will not see another election.”

“The minute they think they can get away with it, they will end this system of government and that is their intention,” added Keyes, noting that everyone acting as if the time we are in was just “business as usual” reminds him of the attitude of politicians in the Weimar Republic when Hitler was rising to power or eastern Europe when the Communists were taking over after the second world war.

Keyes said that because the majority of people are decent-minded, they believe others will play by the rules when this simply isn’t the case, warning that this attitude will allow evil to take over before we can do anything about it.

“It is so clear hat we have now put a faction in place - they are not playing by the rules and they don’t intend to play by the rules - if they were playing by the rules they wouldn’t have tried to identify their opposition as criminals,” added Keyes, making reference to the recent controversy surrounding the release of the MIAC and Homeland Security reports, which implied that Americans who exercise and are knowledgeable about their constitutional rights are a threat to law enforcement and potential domestic terrorists.

Keyes said that the only solution was from the bottom up because our leaders “are so gutless that they won’t even ask that the Constitution be enforced for clear, plain, absolutely unequivocal requirements,” and respond meekly with “their lips shut and their hearts terrorized.”

Keyes also warned of Obama’s agenda to create a civilian security force and said it was part of the ultimate agenda to disarm American citizens and create a police state.

Keyes has been a vocal critic of Obama, warning that he is a radical Communist who is determined to destroy America, and that if his agenda is not stopped then the country as we know it will cease to exist.


Posted by: rtfanning | May 4, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

If only Fox would go broke. Fox is completly destitute when it comes to reliable information and journalistic integrity.

Posted by: rooster54 | May 4, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse


oh geez louise.....
will the government bail out MAD Magazine too?
They had to go quarterly with their issues.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 4, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

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