FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Michael Copps were in Tempe today to discuss the new FCC report titled “Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age.”
The three-part report bemoans the sharp decline in newspaper revenues due to the flagging economy, the Internet and advertising dollars being spent more judiciously. Ad revenue dropped nearly 48 percent between 2005 and 2010, and with it the industry’s annual spending on reporting and editing capacity dropped by $1.6 billion, from 2006 to 2009, a reduction of more than 25 percent.
Omitted from the report’s analysis is the unrelenting liberal bent of the media, best exemplified by Arizona’s largest daily newspaper and its decades-long partnership with KPNX-TV 12. Recently the Gannett-owned station blatantly moved into the Gannett-owned newspaper’s building.
The half-day meeting was held at Arizona State University in conjunction with its Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Cronkite School honors a liberal icon, mistakenly regarded as a kindly, baritoned purveyor of truth by previous generations.
The list of participating panelists — including news execs, media lawyers and academics can be seen here courtesy of the FCC.
In the report, blogs are mysteriously referred to as the “new media” and mocked as “everyone-is-a-publisher.” The ability to link to other sources is decried. But there is also a nod to what they term “an explosion of impressive local news websites in the last few years, some started by laid-off newspaper reporters, some by concerned citizens. Some are for-profit ventures, including ….the Arizona Guardian.’ Unquestionably the “impressive” feature of the Guardian is the fact that it echoes the decidedly liberal bent of its owner, Democrat political strategist, Bob Grossfeld.
“Decentralization and universality — these principles insured that the Internet and the web would revolutionize not only the dissemination of news and information but how it was gathered and packaged and by whom would radically democratize publishing, make “sharing” an essential fuel to the new media, and along the way upend traditional business models that had sustained journalism for years,” according to the report