Monday, May 18, 2009

Kerry Wants Taxpayers To Pay Off The Globe

Excerpts from a WSJ editorial with my comments below the star line:

WSJ says - - -

… Massachusetts Senator John Kerry [recently] held a hearing on the future of newspapers -- and how the federal government can help. "If we take seriously this notion that the press is the fourth estate, or the fourth branch of government," Mr. Kerry said in a prepared statement, it's time we consider its importance to democracy.

Talk about a Freudian slip.
Newspapers becoming the "fourth branch of government" is exactly what people most fear from any hand extended to save an independent press. (bold added)

Mr. Kerry is especially worried about the Boston Globe, which admires him greatly and was recently threatened with closure in a showdown between unions and its owner the New York Times Co.

In its most recent endorsement of Mr. Kerry last October, the Globe enthused that "The case for reelecting John Kerry would be strong under any circumstances . . .
[but] the country needs his voice more than ever." …

The entire editorial’s here.


My comments:

We can all agree Kerry owes the Globe a huge debt. It’s been a faithful Kerry supporter throughout his long career.

Kerry certainly must have appreciated the Globe's friendly underreporting of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’s May 2004 press conference at which the veterans: 1) challenged Kerry to sign Form 180 which would have granted the public access to
all Kerry’s Navy records; and 2) announced the forthcoming publication of a book which would document false statements Kerry had made over the year about his military service and the conduct of America's military in Vietnam.

But just because Kerry owes the Globe doesn’t mean the taxpayers should get stuck paying off the paper with some form of bailout.

Kerry should pay the Globe whatever he thinks he owes it out of his own pocket and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry’s billion+ pocketbook.


Anonymous said...

Oscar Wilde said it best:
"In old days men had the rack. Now they have the press. That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism."
John's connection of the Globe and the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth tells us much about Kerry's motivation.
Tarheel Hawkeye

beachmom said...

I watched the actual hearing, which you can watch here:

There is absolutely ZERO talk of bailing out the newspaper industry. Sorry, but that is a lie. The only proposals are about accounting rules and a not for profit bill. NOT a bailout.

Anonymous said...


Spend less time at the beach and more time reading what Kerry and the Dems want to do by way of special tax breaks for newspapers.