From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Unless one is a proponent of totalitarianism, he or she should be truly frightened by the regulation being proposed, some of which includes the following: * 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 sounds like an attempt by the federal government to consolidate power over the media and create a propaganda ministry. Keep the flow of information unrestricted; keep the government OUT of journalism and the internet.