How Congress helps the business press
Dean Starkman of Columbia Journalism Review writes Monday about how increased congressional oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration has been a boon to business journalists.
Starkman writes, “The FAA coverage is a good example of how government overseers and the press can work together in ways that are profitable for readers and citizensâ€”and readers as citizens.”
Later, he added, “USA Today, which does much good work covering regulators it doesnâ€™t get credit for (hey, why is everybody looking at me?), also had a good advance piece on the whistleblowersâ€™ statements.
“The New York Times yesterday confirms lawmakersâ€™ key role, added the interesting detail that Oberstarâ€™s investigation was led by a former FAA official, H. Clayton Foushee Jr.
“Should the business press do more original reporting on regulators? Sure, I certainly think so. But that doesnâ€™t mean we canâ€™t recognize the incredible value to the business press and its readers when Congress gets back in the oversight business.”
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