Whatever one's qualms or fears about the future of journalism, the importance of independent media is clear. For this reason, the crisis in "medialand" is no cause to throw the baby out with the bath water.
There is no downside to the Google announcement, except perhaps from the point of view of the federal government, which gave in to the lowest-common-denominator philosophy when structuring the stimulus program.
Mignon Clyburn has signaled her support for an open Internet with a couple of strong statements. But after a speech she gave on January 22, Clyburn could well vault quickly from supporter to Neutrality Hero.
More than a decade ago, President Clinton pledged that every person in America would soon be able to go online "to order up every movie ever produced or every symphony ever created in a minute's time."