A former LA Times journalist who now works for the Obama administration has proposed a radical solution for the failing newspaper industry:

“Years of foolish policies have left us with a choice: We can bail out journalism, using tax dollars and granting licenses in ways that encourage robust and independent reporting and commentary, or we can watch, wringing our hands, as more and more top journalists are laid off.”

Critics of the plan point out that this is NOT what is meant by freedom of the press:

“Since when did our Founding Fathers envision that … you could exercise your right to freedom of speech provided you had a license from the federal government? This is the kind of stuff you have revolutions about.”

Media experts are sure that the Obama Administration will not take the proposal seriously:

“I’m doubtful that one person taking a secondary job in the Pentagon is going to guide the policy on [bailouts],” said John Nichols, a longtime journalist whose own plans to help save newspapers were cited approvingly by Brooks, but who called licensing a “very dangerous move.”

“I would be very surprised if the Obama administration actually proposed something like that,” added Joel Brinkley, a visiting professor of journalism at Stanford University, who said that no one would trust the news industry if it accepted heaps of government money. “It’s the first time I’ve heard this publicly discussed.”

Via Fox News