Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Newspapers as Public Good

My guess is that we will see a number of financial models for news and commentary, including some of those listed in Tyler's blog post. But two trends will drive newspapers toward nonprofit status. One is that as people get wealthier, they will indulge in their desire to become patrons of the media. The other is that the economics of for-profit newspapers will continue to deteriorate, particularly as they have to compete with high-quality donor-subsidized newspapers.

Does anyone read that and fear that what we will get, instead of donor funded newspapers, is government subsidized newspapers?  And that the leading proponents of such a venture will be the very liberals that today accuse the government of overt propaganda?

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