From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01316

Submission Number:
544505-01316
Commenter:
John Edley
State:
Louisiana
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am writing to lodge in the strongest terms my opposition to your 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” that outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech and silence conservatives. Among the most repugnant aspects of this plan are: * 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” -- the American taxpayers 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” Perhaps the FTC has forgotten that this is America. Journalists should succeed or fail on their own merits, not be subsidized by my tax dollars. My family and I are ADAMANTLY OPPOSED TO THIS SPECIOUS "REINVENTION OF JOURNALISM" and we will fight tooth and nail to defeat its goals!