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Bailout for the auto industry bailout.
Media experts predict 2009 as the year that newspapers of all sizes some of not least will die.
Some indeed already coming back -- and cutting payrolls.
So all they -- saving should we save them.
To Newsday columnist Ellis Henican and Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal both in on this debate.
attorney general to you submitted to you first because I believe you support this helping newspapers.
-- but my question is why should Connecticut taxpayers.
Give money directly or indirectly to keep Connecticut newspapers going that they don't read at all.
-- Well let's put aside the last two contentions they do read them and they do buy them and like many other newspapers they are caught again.
-- kind of downdraft of advertising.
We're talking about two community.
Newspapers serving medium sized -- in Connecticut in New Britain Harold.
And the Bristol press.
And what's been proposed.
Very simply is the kind of loans that are available to other businesses.
In Connecticut why not a the business of news papering when it performs a very vital public service in addition to.
And a source of economic.
-- to those communities and a source of.
News okay Ellis -- what -- -- on this -- what was it like a lifelong newspaper person that I am I'm a little nervous when you talk about newspapers doing some kind of financial tango with the governments that we should be investigating.
That says there was a dire problem here.
Richard Blumenthal is right newspapers or endangered these states and there was nothing in the wings and -- world to replace the terrific.
Data -- unglamorous.
Hard got reporting.
That newspapers do in cities and towns across this country and there's nobody on the Internet stepping up to do with so let's figure out how we're gonna save even as nobody stepping up to do audience and it will literally around the Internet largely.
Is a bunch of self -- some of them Smart some of them not.
Opinion -- -- Very few of whom would you really think -- Usually the basic essential good reporting that this that is they say -- an -- mr.
Blumenthal the taxpayer has to come in.
And bail out an aging industry which is going to -- replaced by new technology we have to foot that bill mr.
No we're not asking taxpayers do any more -- in Britain how the Bristol press than they do for many other corporations indirectly they will get help so.
They will get help just like any other industry but I do respect the point.
About the financial tangle -- the possibility of improper influence I regarding any influence of the government over the press as improper it would be simply an arm's length.
Transaction and taxpayers.
This would be -- -- interest so -- with with due respect.
If you give help to a newspaper you don't expect that newspaper to turn around and -- you elected I do indeed there are you have days you are violently that aren't you provides you know -- I never thought -- -- -- -- -- -- -- was -- -- -- -- -- you -- -- this is creating -- conversation about how we're going to -- -- vital social resources.
That's sort of maybe we can find -- -- if -- social resource is why don't go by -- hotel because there was a technological spiral that's hurting them finding exactly that has nothing to do well with the technological and it worked at these papers do if he's paid his goal -- Stewart and Richard.
Towns and cities across America will -- none of the law covered -- last year was to willow if they were vital we would buy him.
Without -- -- wouldn't necessarily because advertising has constricted so apparently.
They are a different kind of resource I agree completely.
Then Internet can provide because they cover local news in a way that the Internet now well OKMR Blumenthal Ellis thank you -- -- --
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