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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