A Market Like Any Other: Against the Double Standard in Judging the Media
By Karen Horn
This article appeared in the Summer 2007 issue of The Independent Review

Because freedom of the press is vital for the proper function of a democracy, some argue, the news media must be held to a different standard than the suppliers of other goods and services. Although a free press is integral to the democratic process, attempting to justify it on this basis, rather than grounding it on individual rights, invites slippery-slope “market failure” and “public-good” arguments for its curtailment.

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