NJ Governor Phil Murphy continued his push towards a more progressive state. Murphy announced that local taxpayers will now be supporting news organizations, with $5 million in subsidies.
Jeff Van Drew, New Jersey Democrats, Socialist candidates: in favor of State sponsored media.
Omaha News: Any news organization that is funded by government will be either overtly or covertly controlled by government, in at least some form or fashion…a picture of the burglar tossing a sedative-filled steak to the family watchdog comes to mind. Horrible idea.
This seems like a bad idea. Government sponsored media. Who decides what is or isn’t biased? When are someone’s tax dollars being used to promote speech they do not want made with their money?
— Jon Fleischman (@FlashReport) July 3, 2018
Still, some harsh critics of the bill remain. From OBSERVER:
A recent op-ed published in POLITICO Magazine titled, “The State of New Jersey Wants to Subsidize News. Uh-oh,” questioned the journalistic integrity of government-funded journalism. The article points to the reluctance of state-sponsored sources such as PBS and NPR to go after the government aggressively enough.
“The fact that the consortium’s ruling body is top-heavy with government leaders and employees should give us pause,” POLITICO’s senior media writer Jack Shafer writes. “How can a nonprofit news organization directed by people in the government even pretend to be independent? Will it be able to criticize the governor? The Legislature?”