Concentrated Media is Something We Can't Ignore: A Response to Speaker Pelosi

13 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2009 Last revised: 8 Jun 2009

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Maurice E. Stucke

University of Tennessee College of Law; The Konkurrenz Group

Date Written: March 30, 2009


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.

Keywords: Antitrust, FCC, Newspapers, Newspaper Preservation Act, First Amendment, Media, Clayton Act

JEL Classification: K21, L40, L41, L82

Suggested Citation

Stucke, Maurice E., Concentrated Media is Something We Can't Ignore: A Response to Speaker Pelosi (March 30, 2009). University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 58. Available at SSRN: or

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