A discussion paper recently released by the Federal Trade Commission entitled “POTENTIAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO SUPPORT THE REINVENTION OF JOURNALISM” is causing a stir. The paper focuses on “the problems facing journalism in the internet age.” This “discussion draft” relies heavily on the book “The Death and Life of American Journalism” by Robert McChesney and John Nichols. McChesney and Nichols are co-founders of Free Press, a supposedly non-partisan media organization. Free Press is a chief advocate of network neutrality. McChesney and Nichols have co-authored several books including the aforementioned “The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again” and “Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections and Destroy Democracy.”
McChesney is an avowed Socialist. His name appears prominently on Socialist websites, he grants interviews to Socialist publications such as “The Bullet,” and he co-edited the Socialist magazine “Monthly Review.” BTW: Front page of the “Monthly Review” this month; “Capitalism, the Absurd System” by Robert McChesney.
My question; Why is a government agency relying on a card carrying Socialist to help shape it’s policy regarding the media, the internet, and the controversial issue of network neutrality? Just another radical in the Obama fold. More later. -Lew-