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I'm not entirely surprised that Frank Blethen would see an opportunity to offload Seattle Times newsroom costs on the Federal treasury in the name of preserving democracy. Who knows, maybe his intentions are for the best. However, nothing will kill the free speech faster than government control of the press...which is what Blethen's agenda will accomplish. There is no financial or operational barrier to publishing the news. The business model remains entirely valid. All that is lacking is the will to do it, and as long as investors don't see value in publishing the news, and the public has no interest in their community beyond the political rants of the blogosphere, no amount of government largess will make a bit of difference.

From: A 10-point plan for the government to shore up local newspapers

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