And why shouldn't government bail out the media? After all, the media helped to put all those government officials in office, didn't they? Isn't it simply time to pay off that debt?
Of course, the newspapers act in the common good too, and can't be allowed to fail. Without them, who would provide a venue for fair reporting and public debate. Reporters are society's watchdogs, our unbiased eyes and ears keeping an eye on power. Without them, we would be lost.
No need to fret either over the government's bailout money coming with stings attached and influencing a newspaper's coverage either. Members of the media certainly have the highest integrity and could not be influenced.
If newspapers can't stay in business these days, they need to take a hard look at their business models and come to grips with modern technology. It is an internet world. And papers' monopoly on information has been broken. If a newspaper (or any other business) can't give its customers something that they can't get elsewhere - and at a price that folks are willing to pay - then they deserve to go under.
Here are my suggestions. Stop relying on the Associated Press to fill your pages. We can get AP stories (and syndicated features) anywhere on the net. Why should we pay to read the same thing in your pages? Get some real, unique, news (and other) content that we'll want to shell out $ to read. And feature that content ONLY in the print version of your paper. If you put it on-line, we'll read it there instead.
And lose the liberal bias. Do whatever you want on your editorial page but leave the rest of the paper opinion-free. If you want us to pay to read your stuff - stop manipulating the news. Give us the facts and let us decide for ourselves what to think. It is a turn-off to be preached at from print.
If newspapers don't change, they'll go the way of the dinosaurs. And, if they don't plan to change, I won't mind their extinction a bit.