Huff vs. Simon: Senate hearings on journalism

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet recently held a hearing on the future of journalism. Senator and former presidential hopeful John Kerry moderated and witnesses spoke on behalf of newspapers, websites and other media. 

This video, posted by, features David Simon, a former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun and creator of  HBO series The Wire, The Huffington Post‘s Arianna Huffington and Google’s Marissa Mayer.

Simon says: “High end journalism is dying in america and unless a new economic model is achieved it will not be reborn on the web or anywhere else.”

And Huffington counters: “The argument that the Baltimore Sun could charge for content that would only be available to those paying for a subscription to the Baltimore Sun seems to me so antiquated, it seems to fly in the face of all the consumer habits.”

Read the full text of Simon’s testimony.

Read the text of Ariana Huffington’s opening remarks.

(Thanks to Eileen from TFEW for the link.)