Spend a hundred hears arguing about the stupid hamfistedness of most anti-trust legislation?
But let an institution that supports liberal politicans feel the pain, and suddenly every liberal demigogue is a hardened free marketeer:
In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, released by Pelosi’s office late Monday, the San Francisco Democrat asked the department to weigh the public benefit of saving The Chronicle and other papers from closure against the agency’s antitrust mission to guard against anti-competitive behavior.”We must ensure that our policies enable our news organizations to survive and to engage in the news gathering and analysis that the American people expect,” Pelosi wrote.
Deep down inside, I think this statement is hilarious; the American people “expect” that newspapers will buff Nancy Pelosi’s toenails for her. It’s one of the reasons they’re voting with their feet; it’s one of the reasons conservative talk radio is thriving as newspapers are dying.
And I wonder if some congressional bureaucrat was going for laughs when he or she named this subcommittee (emphasis added):
The speaker said the issue of newspapers’ survival and antitrust law will be the subject of a hearing soon before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, chaired by Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga.
Some yuks just come to you.
Why do I suspect the committee’s recommendation will be “while we’re trying to clamp socialism’s lumpen gray veil down over the the rest of the country, we need to make sure reflexively liberal-leaning institutions get the blessings of free enterprise”.