Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Vouchers for news?

Ian Ayres argues that we should have state-sponsored journalism, albeit in voucher form. It is an elegant solution, but as the saying goes, "I can trap anything if I can convince it too take a handout." I fear that such a voucher system would lead to direct government control--via funding--of the media. If one must do anything, allow journalist organization to operate as charitable non-profits to which people could donate money and deduct it on their tax return.

It actually wouldn't be much of change. Most newspapers are non-profit already anyway. :-)

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