Though some may be uncomfortable with government oversight of any aspect of journalism, the F.T.C. seems to be "attempting to play a facilitating and public educational role in gathering together various disciplines and perspectives to talk about the crisis in mainstream journalism," said Neil Henry, a professor and dean at the graduate school of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. "The government's willingness to raise the profile of this issue, and to help explain why it is important for a national conversation, I think in general is welcome."
In other words, "Hurry the hell up and give us some money Barry! Who do you think is going to save your bacon in 2010 if not us?"
My response: gee, how surprising.