Mainstream newspapers band together to fight ‘inexorable threat’ from Facebook & Google

Newspapers including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and New York Times have formed an alliance and are seeking an antitrust exemption from Congress in an effort to negotiate collaboratively with Facebook and Google.
The newspapers believe that the internet giants disproportionately profit from digital advertising without employing content-creators.

“[Facebook and Google] don’t employ reporters: They don’t dig through public records to uncover corruption, send correspondents into war zones, or attend last night’s game to get the highlights. They expect an economically squeezed news industry to do that costly work for them,” said David Chavern, president of the News Media Alliance, which leads the campaign.

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  • canminuteman

    “[Facebook and Google] don’t employ reporters: They don’t dig through public records to uncover corruption,”

    Ha Ha, neither do newspapers. They actively go out of their way to hide it when it’s their team doing it.

    #nosympathy

  • David Murrell

    Democratic-Party toesucking newspapers going to a Republican Party Congress, seeking an exemption? Ha! They have to wait until the Democrats regain control, and then cut a behing-the-doors deal with them. Wink, wink, nod nod.

  • Justin St.Denis

    It is remarkably hard to care whether propagandists are paid by one or the other.

  • Hard Little Machine

    That’s pretty funny.

  • andycanuck

    But they all lie about Trump and Russia.

  • It is hard to feel sorry for the MSM.

    That said – the nature of the internet has created “Google monsters”. And these Google monsters have way too much control over the internet.

    • simus1

      Time heals everything.
      Many moons ago the antitrust crowd were wailing and rending their garments while demanding the breakup of GM because Chevy by itself was outselling all other American car makers.
      As Pope Evita would say “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi”.

  • simus1

    Their most logical argument:
    “You let Amazon guy (who owns WaPo by the way) get away with it, we want in on the action too, only more like Amtrak.”