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Press Release

    If Pundits Were Farmers . . .

    06/18/2002

    ABSTRACT FROM THE NATIONAL REVIEW

    Murdock rolls out a hilarious satire on the protectionist benefits that the President and Congress are rolling out to American industries. If the government can protect Big Steel and Agriculture with tariffs and subsidies, Murdock argues, why can’t it protect pundits as well? To this end, Murdock proposes his “Pundits Promotion and Protection Act of 2002.” This piece of mock legislation ridicules the so-called Farm Security Act and the tariffs against foreign steel and lumber by proposing such tariffs and subsidies for opinion writing. “Opinion journalism is clearly a strategic national industry worthy of federal largesse,” Murdock writes. “Just imagine how bland your morning corn flakes would be without the daily editorial page.”

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