Concentrated Media is Something We Can't Ignore: A Response to Speaker Pelosi
Maurice E. Stucke
University of Tennessee College of Law
March 30, 2009
University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 58
This essay briefly responds to a request that the U.S. Department of Justice should give San Francisco Bay Area newspapers more leeway under the federal antitrust laws to merge or consolidate their business operations. The essay agrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's concerns that a strong, free, and independent press is vital to our democracy and in informing our citizens, especially news organizations that devote resources to gathering news. As the essay explains, the antidote is not to weaken the antitrust laws to enable large media conglomerates to become even bigger. Instead, the health of the marketplace of ideas depends on the antitrust laws to preserve divergent and competing voices.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: Antitrust, FCC, Newspapers, Newspaper Preservation Act, First Amendment, Media, Clayton Act
JEL Classification: K21, L40, L41, L82
Date posted: March 29, 2009 ; Last revised: June 8, 2009
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