Today Senate Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) decided to deny reporters permission to gather in the hallways of Congress.Thanks to Senate Rules Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the decision was later reversed; however, we are deeply concerned that reporter access to U.S. Senators was even questioned.
While we appreciate the energy and resources that Google has brought, as a partner of the Coalition for Better Ads (launched last September), to the effort to improve the customer experience around digital advertising, we are very concerned to learn that Google appears to be taking unilateral action to implement the Coalition’s standards by adding an ad blocking feature within Chrome that would block all advertising to websites that do not comply with these new standards.
Demand for quality journalism may be at historical levels in 2017 but demands on journalism’s longstanding business models weigh heavily on reporters and publishers alike. It’s hardly breaking news that the news business hopes to innovate its way out of a digital dilemma.