I find antitrust in general antitrust is both underreported and badly reported in the main stream media, both on its own terms, and relative to other financial and legal issues. I fully understand our area ranks below war and peace and national electoral policy in terms of newsworthiness but generally find the coverage kind of amateurish and episodic whether on cartel enforcement, unilateral conduct, or mergers.
I am curious whether you agree and what can be done to improve coverage because without public awareness, competition policy will continue to slide to the fringes of national economic policy.
I also want to single out two examples of recent coverage, one good and one dreadful. The New York Times book podcast from this Friday had a segment on the new complaint by independent book seller against Amazon and the e-book publishers accusing them of tying ebooks to the Kindle device, effectively foreclosing independent book stores from selling e-books through their own sites. Trust me, you don't want to listen to this silly discussion.
However, NPR Planet Money has a great recent episode on Mavericks, Monopolies, and Beer on the INBev/Grupo Mondelo acquisition that I thought was terrific. It explains in plain English the merger laws, market definition, the competitive fringe, mavericks, and coordinated effects. I plan to assign it in my class and have posted about it on our Institute's Facebook page.