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Fox News — which claims it’s a real news organization and points to its slogan “We report, you decide” — has decided to hire Sarah Palin as a news “commentator.” This is the same Palin who falsely claims that current health care reform bill working its way through Congress contains provisions for death panels. The same Palin who accused Obama of “palling around with terrorists.” The same Palin who has recently agreed to speak at the first Tea Party convention.

Palin’s politics are fine. Everyone has a point of view, and she has hers. Okay. But it’s one thing to have a stated point of view, and another for an alleged news organization to hire someone so conservative she would make Jim DeMint (R-SC) seem liberal.

It’s time to stop pretending. Call Fox for what it is: a mouthpiece for the right. Apologies to the serious journalists who work there.

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Here’s the big wish: a limited anti-trust exemption for publishers.

The industry needs this. Badly. In an era in which technology has changed — and continues to change — information delivery, publishers won’t be able to survive if they can’t get together to discuss how to fairly price their products in this new world.

Right now, publishers can’t do that. They can’t get in a room and set the prices they would charge manufacturers for making content available on e-readers, for example. Instead, manufacturers set the price — and it’s a low ball price that doesn’t reflect the value of the content.

Publishers can’t get together and pick a preferred search engine that would access to all content for a price. Publishers can’t get together and discuss whether pay web sites are a good or bad idea.

Technology has changed everything. It’s time for a small change in the anti-trust statues so publishers can extract fair market value for the content they produce.

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