From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
My family, friends, and I are firmly OPPOSED to any attempt by the FTC to curtail, limit, or tax use of the internet and cell phones, and the freedom to access talk radio and FOX News. The FTC is prohibited by the First Amendment from imposing limitations on freedom of speech and freedom of the press. If the journalism industry is having financial difficulty and cannot sustain itself, perhaps it is because the American people increasingly distrust most of the media. As such, it does not deserve to continue to publish. We are not being given the information we need as a people to understand what our government is doing or is trying to do. The mainstream press has utterly failed in its responsibility to report news instead of biased opinion; it has "leaked" secret information that was/is critical to the safety of the nation, and has chosen to oppose leaders who firmly support the Constitution. Thus we no longer buy papers like the NY Times or the LA Times, nor do we support "news" broadcasts such as NBC, CNN, or the like. However, we DO support talk radio, FOX News, and media sources that present facts, give both sides of stories, and alert us to factions and movements that consistently try to undermine a free America. The mainstream media has forfeited any right to our support because it has abdicated journalistic integrity. Accordingly, the FTC has no right to force American taxpayers to prop up an industry we do not trust or believe. We will use our voices and our contributions to oppose any attempt by the FTC to limit our choices, force us to support media sources that either omit or lie about news events, or in any way try to tax us into supporting an industry that has betrayed its responsibility to present the public with the facts, to properly "vet" candidates for office (local, State and/or National), to investigate stories, and to verify contents of articles BEFORE they are published. This is NOT Venezuela; thus, we find it appalling that our Communications Czar is so enamored of the Chavez regime and its usurpation of the press and the media, and its limitations on the free speech rights protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.