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Bollinger on Journalism



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Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, has just written an article — in the Wall Street Journal, no less — that illustrates the arrogant sense of self-congratulation that permeates higher education, along with a deep-seated rejection of the institutions that underlie the prosperity and freedom of the United States.

Bollinger proposes that the federal government support journalistic enterprises financially, following the model of public support of state universities and the disbursal of federal research grants to public and private schools. After all, he says, “state support does not translate into official control” in the higher-education sector, and he doesn’t see any reason why the same wouldn’t be true in journalism. He particularly likes the idea of “strengthening our public broadcasting role in the global arena.”



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