Semi-Daily Journal Archive

The Blogspot archive of the weblog of J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics and Chair of the PEIS major at U.C. Berkeley, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? (New York Times Department)

Journalistic ethics:

Journalistic ethics. Matt Stoller writes:

MyDD :: Direct Democracy for People-Powered Politics: Damn Neoliberals by Matt Stoller, Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 10:39:55 AM EST: This anti-Net Neutrality Op-Ed by William E. Kennard in the New York Times is disgraceful.

Unfortunately, the current debate in Washington is over "net neutrality" -- that is, should network providers be able to charge some companies special fees for faster bandwidth. This is essentially a battle between the extremely wealthy (Google, Amazon and other high-tech giants, which oppose such a move) and the merely rich (the telephone and cable industries). In the past year, collectively they have spent $50 million on lobbying and advertising, effectively preventing Congress and the public from dealing with more pressing issues. This kind of ignorant nonsense comes only from elitists like Kennard, who ironically ignore the public debate happening on the internet because, well, it's on the internet? But the piece of this that is totally disgraceful is Kennard's disclaimer: "William E. Kennard, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 1997 to 2001, is on the board of The New York Times."

They left out that Kennard also sits on the board of Sprint Nextel Corporation, Hawaiian Telcom and Insight Communications (a cable provider).

Blogger ethics panel, stat!


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