From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am strictly against the Federal Trade Commission's plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” that outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech. The word “tax” is used 95 times and appears to be part of an extensive attempt by the Administration to seize control of the press. This FTC paper includes… * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report who stand on the front lines of the struggle to expose the Leftist agenda. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Administration to train up the next generation of journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” -- AND I will be forced to fund the media! * A 5% tax on consumer electronics * Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” This new FTC document combined with the FCC’s moves to impose a “Fairness Doctrine” pose an ominous threat to free speech that would empower the administration to control the dissemination of information while imposing punitive taxes on ideological opponents. I simply must respond and say “NO!” to all efforts to censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech!