If you care about the environment, you'll support the demise of the print news media.
Oh my God I think I'm going to tear up at just the happy thought.
Think of all the other industries that fell to changes in technology.
Like the Telegraph. That was VITAL VITAL to the world! But those damn dirty telephones ran them out of business!
How about cruise liners for actual travel (Not just for fun)? Airplanes replaced them! All those jobs lost!
Or, passenger trains! Oh wait, we saved them....
⚧ C.T.L.W. You figure it out
My Endo doc went over my blood work. "I see your estrogen level is now at 315, do you feel like you have too much Estrogen now?"
I told her "... N... N.. No..." and started crying.
Assume that Rep. Waxman had simple and pure motivation to preserve the journalistic integrity of newspaper journalists. Assume that the newspapers are a mixture of journalism that comes out even in the end. So get all of that out of the equation.
What Rep. Waxman is saying is that we, as a nation, need this class of journalism to continue and thus we should find a method to preserve it into the future for the sake of our nation. Possible methods of preservation presented were make them non-profit organizations and thus able to take advantage of the tax codes. Fund them with public money. Give them tax breaks and allow corporations to gain tax breaks by funding them.
But is this the best way to approach saving them? Historically this has been tried over and over again - see many of the previous arguments made that detail the carriage, passenger railroad, telegraph, etc. industries that were protected in one or more of the proposed methods in the past.
So let us look at other means to improve things. What do we find? We find that the Wall Street Journal is a growing business and doing fine by offering its subscribers both a printed version and an online version. The online version requires a subscription in order to access the majority of the information available in an issue. This is a business method that both works and requires no action from the federal government. So would it not be better if Rep Waxman concentrated on tax breaks or incentives that would aid in converting the failing newspapers over to the same business model?
Both of the advances you sight led to more and better paying jobs eventually.
Sadly the use of the term "help shape the media" is double speak for controlling content and eliminating all opposition to the left wing Socialist/Communist agenda. It's part of a well known pattern used by leftist though out history, a perfect example of this is the Hugo Chavez take over of most radio to shut down opposition to his dictatorship.