At one of the many whistle-stops on his media blitz, President Obama made "news" by saying...something...about newspapers:
Several bills have been introduced in Congress to aid the newspaper industry, including a Senate measure that would allow newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks. The President was noncommittal about the legislation but said: "I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them."
Stop the presses! (Before they stop themselves)
Actually, if you've been following the Not-So-Great Newspaper Debate for the last five years, everything that Obama has to say about newspapers is mind-numbingly unoriginal.
-- Admit that he's a "junkie" (for news...what did you think I meant?). Check.
-- Take a gratuitous swipe at bloggers (even though bloggers played a huge role in getting him elected the 44th president of the United States). Check.
-- Then the news -- that he would be "happy to look at" a piece of legislation that Congress sent to him. Uh, isn't he required to do that by the Constitution? Or was that on one of the pages that Cheney sent to the shredder? Look, as Obama himself would say, if the president is smart he'll see that the role for government -- while it exists -- should be very, very limited. Keep worrying about jobs and healthcare and this news problem will take care of itself, one way or the other.
UPDATE: Slate's Jack Shafer agrees: Obama should do nothing for newspapers.