Asked if the government should bail out journalism, former Vice President Al Gore has declared not. “I don’t think so, I don’t think so,” reported HuffPo’s Jose Antonia Vargas from his interview with Gore.
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HuffPo’s Jose Antonio Vargas blogs about his interview with the Goracle:
“Asked if government should fund journalism, as recommended by a recent study commissioned by the Columbia University Journalism School, Gore, a former newspaperman and a frequent critic of the press, said: ‘I don’t think so, I don’t think so. . . . I think those who propose government-funding for the support of newspapers are overlooking the essential number of the relationship between the press and the government. And you think about Richard Nixon or George W. Bush. Dick Cheney. The first time some news organization that receives government support decides to be antagonistic toward the government. Whatever source of leverage the person in charge of the government has is a potential danger to the integrity of that news organization.’ ”