State Representative Lori Ehrlich is proposing a 17-member commission that would study journalism in the state, focusing, in part, on areas without any community news sources. Ehrlich argues such news deserts leave people uninformed and unaware of how to interact with government. But should the government be getting involved in journalism?

On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Former CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian, Tom Fiedler of Boston University, Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University and Callie Crossley of WGBH News.