From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01891

Submission Number:
544505-01891
Commenter:
David Gilliam
Organization:
None
State:
South Carolina
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I understand that your recently issued 47 page FTC paper for the "Reinvention of Journalism" includes... * 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" -- Forcing us 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 administration to control the dissemination of information while imposing punitive taxes on ideological opponents. I am emphatically saying "NO!" to Obama's efforts to censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech! David Gilliam