Robert McChesney is Wrong

Talking about the 1400 and 1500s:

One fact must not be lost sight of: the printer and the bookseller worked above all and from the beginning for profit.

That is from Paul Starr’s book The Creation of the Media, stating the obvious: newspaper production has always been about profits. Contrary to Robert McChesney, they aren’t special in any economic sense and we should not treat them as anything other than businesses.

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