From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-00652

Submission Number:
544505-00652
Commenter:
Steve Carter
State:
New Mexico
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
It is clear that you(The FTC) has issued a 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” that outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech and silence conservatives. This is a unconstitutional outrage and you should be ashamed to treat the vast majority of American citizens with such disdain. Atrocities in the "paper" include but are not limited to: * 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 Obama Administration to train up the next generation of liberal journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” -- YOU AND I will be forced to fund the liberal media! * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad) * 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 conservative speech that would empower the Obama "shadow government" administration to control the dissemination of information while imposing punitive taxes on ideological opponents. We simply say “NO!” to Obama’s efforts to censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech!