How Antitrust Undermines Press Freedom – WSJ

Whenever President Trump attacks CNN or berates the Washington Post, journalists and free-speech advocates rise up to defend the media and the First Amendment. Meanwhile, a greater threat to America’s news industry looms mostly unnoticed: Google and Facebook ’s duopolistic dominance of online advertising, which could do far more damage to the free press than anything the president posts on Twitter .

The rapid growth of digital connectivity has pushed demand for information to unprecedented heights. Never in history have so many people consumed so much news. This is a boon for democracy. Although reporting is often an irritant to those in power, high-quality news and analysis is essential to any political system that depends on giving citizens the facts so they can draw their own conclusions.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-antitrust-undermines-press-freedom-1499638532

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