Connie Schultz, Update
Mrs. Sherrod Brown, just like her husband, is a strong believer in the power of a large, benevolent government to prop up failing industries deemed “too big to fail.” Today, she has a new column up about her proposal to creative enforce a 24-hour exclusivity copyright rule for online MSM journalism and a crackdown on aggregators.
Last week, Connie distorted a point I made during a live video Chat on this subject, which was that instead of blaming bloggers and “aggregators” for the decline of the Plain Dealer, why not examine the content itself? For example, like many people do, I happily pay about $10/month for the Wall Street Journal. But would I pay to read Dick Feagler and Phillip Morris? Heck no! And after years of reading their nonsense, perhaps they should pay me.
The internet is a good thing for journalism, as it streamlines the process of reporting but cutting costs and eliminating the need for layers of expensive, unionized middle men which can be found roaming throughout the office of the PD.
There will always be a market for news and opinion, but Connie’s belief that certain publications deserve special legal protection is incredibly arrogant and misguided.