People on the left have been calling FOX News ‘state run media’ for not attacking Trump every day like CNN does. But now Democrats in New Jersey want actual state run media, funded with tax dollars.
WENY News reports:
New Jersey poised to invest $5 million into local journalism
What if every state in the union provided some seed money for local journalism — as a way to rebuild some of what’s been lost through years of budget cuts and layoffs?
That’s what New Jersey is on the verge of doing. Public media advocates are calling it a historic legislative victory.
Last month, both houses of the New Jersey legislature passed the “Civic Info Bill.” The bill sets up a nonprofit group that will be supported by five of the state’s universities. A board of directors will approve grants to strengthen local news coverage.
New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed a state budget on Sunday night that allocates $5 million for the Civic Information Consortium.
But Murphy hasn’t signed the bill yet. His spokesman told CNN “we are reviewing all legislation sent to the governor’s desk for signature.”
Because the $5 million was included in the budget, advocates for the bill are optimistic.
“Never before has a state taken the lead to address the growing crisis in local news,” Mike Rispoli, the state director for Free Press Action Fund, said in a statement.
This has ‘bad idea’ written all over it. The press should be independent from the state.