From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Lest We Forget...“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” The simplicity of what you are trying to mess with is our Constitution and the First Amendment right. The FTC working paper listed five possible new taxes to pay for a “Citizenship Media Fund.” That includes a $4 billion tax on consumer electronics like our TV or iPod; a $5-6 billion advertising tax; and a tax on both ISP and cell phone bills. Also listed are host of other possible solutions for the problems that impact journalism – everything but the free market. At the very same time this has been happening, the National Hispanic Media Coalition whined to the FCC about “‘hate speech’ on talk radio and cable broadcast networks,” according to The Hill. The coalition, which includes a variety of lefty groups such as Common Cause and La Raza, wants the FCC to shut down speech it doesn’t like on cable and talk radio – in other words, Fox and conservative stations. It is obvious what is going on here. Left-wing groups pressure the government to fund media even more than what is done now for PBS/NPR. They pressure the government to regulate conservative media they don’t like. And the Obama administration gets to pull it all together and come up with a Big Government solution that taxes all of us to support new media alternatives that are forever tied to that Big Government. I will remind you again, Lest We Forget...“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” In simplicity what you are trying to mess with is our Constitution and the First Amendment right. Is this the process Hitler went through to gain control of the media???