From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
What exactly is the Federal Trade Commision's role in ensuring the survival of newspapers (or even journalism)? When a business model is dying because of increased competition, that is not the FTC's concern. Any 'gaps in coverage' created by the market are not the FTC's concern. Should these 'gaps in coverage' be caused by biased organizations or agencies willfully omitting facts and figures in pertinent issues of public discourse, well that could be an area vaguely covered by the FTC's mission statement. My understanding of the FTC's mission is to protect the American consumer from monopolistic, unfair or unsafe practices of businesses. As the number and variety of digital sources of journalism continues to expand, the only policy the FTC should recommend is that the government stay out of it. The FTC has no business making policy recommendations in support of the reinvention of journalism. End of discussion.