At the National Conference for Media Reform, the UpTake’s Sam Mayfield spoke with Craig Aaron, the new CEO of Free Press, who says he entered this line of work because he cares deeply about journalism and the free and open Internet. “If we don’t fix media, then we won’t be able to fix any issue that we care about,” says Aaron.
During the conference in Boston, House Republicans voted to throw out the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. Ironically, Free Press also opposed those rules because, they opine, the rules weren’t strong enough. Aaron laments that “we’ve taken an issue like the free and open Internet — which isn’t partisan at all — and it’s being framed in Washington as a government takeover, when that couldn’t be further from the truth.”