Journalism Professor Matthew Pressman appeared in the Washington Post, which featured an essay he wrote on the proposed ATT-Time Warner merger. In the essay, Pressman argues that the Department of Justice moving to block the merger "sweeps asides centuries of government policy."
Professor Pressman writes:
"The Justice Department sent shock waves through the communications industry Monday by suing to block the merger between Time Warner and AT&T. For centuries, government policy has been geared toward nurturing and supporting media companies as they grew larger and more powerful. Now this long-standing political convention, like so many others in the past year, seems headed for extinction.
Opponents of the Justice Department's move say it is politically motivated — that the Trump administration wants to punish its nemesis CNN, which Time Warner owns. The president denies that, but this month Justice Department officials reportedly said they would approve the merger if Time Warner were to sell off CNN.
Injecting politics into communications policy is nothing new. The difference is that in the past, politics and principle combined to make the American media remarkably rich and influential — for better or for worse."
Read more in the Washington Post, "The Justice Department's move to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger sweeps aside centuries of government policy."
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