85% of Adults believe that maintaining freedom of the press is more important than supporting the newspaper industry. Only six percent (6%) put supporting the newspaper business first.
64% thought that any government intervention would be used to influence what was reported by journalist while 41% thought that this was a very likely out come.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) think it is at least somewhat likely that a newspaper that receives government funding to hire journalists will avoid criticizing government officials and policies, with 45% who say it is Very Likely. Twenty-three percent (23%) say it’s not very or not at all likely that newspapers will avoid such criticism if they get government funding.Furthermore, nearly 71% actively oppose any government bailout of the newspaper industry. This is up from 65% a year ago. Only a very small minority (14%) believe that a bailout of newspapers would be good for the country.
Personally, I think it's a horrendous idea. Government intervention in journalism would lead to direct governmental control of the output of media. Bureaucrats just couldn't help themselves. If there was a story that was inimical to their agencies interests, do you think that it wouldn't spike a story? Neither do I.