From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01291

Submission Number:
544505-01291
Commenter:
Barbara Walter
State:
Missouri
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I oppose this proposal by the FTC for “Reinventing Journalism” document and this effort to censor and tax conservative speech and our free speech rights in general. I OPPOSE all of the following and think this is an outrageous attempt to stifle our free speech rights in America and force taxpayers to fund the liberal media in yet another "bailout". I oppose all of the following: * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report * 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” I urge the FTC to abandon this effort to rob Americans of their freedom and raise taxes on an already overtaxed American public!