New Orleans Comic & Voice of 'the Simpsons' Harry Shearer Speaks Out on Times-Picayune's Abandonment of Print.
June 12th, 2012 ~ The Sometimes Picayune
“The newspaper business lives off the benefits of free speech, which all citizens enjoy, but none more than news outlets, who put out so much of it. The First Amendment offers government protection against almost all lawsuits from angry politicians, lazy ballplayers, and dim-witted celebrities whose exploits may be reported to their dismay. Should there be a societal expectation that the proprietors of such privileged enterprises owe a little something back-perhaps a calm acceptance of a lower profit margin than could be attained, say, in the car-leasing business? The TP, after all, is still reported to be profitable…”