Lifelines Sought for Flagging Newspaper Industry


By Bennett Roth, CQ Staff

Newspaper SC

Alarmed by the daily drumbeat of stories about the demise of newspapers in their

hometowns, some members of Congress are proposing ways to help, from allowing media

organizations to form as nonprofits to easing antitrust laws.

But the proposals have met with skepticism from some newspaper analysts who worry

about the media’s ability to maintain its autonomy.

“Anytime you give the newspaper industry a break,” said John Morton, a

Maryland-based newspaper analyst, “it raises the question about the independence of

the press.”

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