From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I find that the FTC is operating in a very dangerous area when it is considering controling journalism by taxation and teaching. The taxpayers of this nation are under a heavy enough burden because of excessive government spending. We should not be required to support journalists and their training also. This great nation was founded on the principles of freedom, including free speech. There are always two sides to any situation and BOTH sides need to be reported. I am very tired of hearing only one side of the news, and that very slanted. If the FTC goes ahead with it's plans this great nation would be just like Russia, Iran, China and any number of other countries that control the media. We, the people, would no longer be in control. The government would no longer be working for us. We would be prisoners in our own nation. We would hear only what the government wants us to hear. I cannot stand by and watch my country, the United States of America, the greatest nation the world has ever seen, the light to oppressed peoples everywhere, become a third world country in the control of a bias, single-minded, government-controled media. If journalism is to survive in todays economy, it must return to unbiased, truthful, integral reporting. It doesn't matter if people get their news from the papers, the internet, magazines, or any other form of communication. What matters is that the unbias truth is presented. There are many of us who have and education and know how to think for ourselves. We can make up our own minds about any situation as long as we have the truth to work with. Reporting is not about what the reporter thinks, unless that reporter clearly states the report as his/her opinion. Please, don't make me pay for one-sided, biased, shady reporting. This is still America, not Europe or Asia or the Middle East. Keep our freedom of speech free by keeping the FTC's hands where they belong. Thank you.