Journalist groups call for media review.



The Radio Television Digital News Association has cast its lot with the Society of Professional Journalists to request a hearing on American media from the Senate Commerce Committee. The RTDNA and SPJ sent a letter to Committee Chair John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) saying, “We believe now is the time to reaffirm the importance of a free and unfettered press, which has been a cornerstone of democracy for the past 240 years. Having an open discussion where journalists can talk about their professions, the industry and explain how it all works will hopefully help rebuild trust in a pillar of our democracy, reaffirming to the American people the link between the strength of our nation’s democracy and its free press.”