From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The concept of federal government assistance/intervention in the "Fourth Estate" is counter-intuitive to the point of insanity. At one point, not many years ago, journalistic organizations themselves would have decried any government association as nothing less than tyrannical. Just as the FTC did nothing to prevent buggy whip manufacturers from going out of business, they should have even less to do with "traditional" journalistic organizations from doing the same. If these organizations can not profitably reinvent themselves in a technologically advanced age, their position upon the trash heap of history is awaiting. Hardly an altruistic position, it is nonetheless in keeping with the Constitutionally Enumerated Powers granted to the federal government. Something the FTC would be wise to revisit and relearn. It is, in fact, the allowance of political ideology into the once impartial field of journalism which has degenerated once respected organizations into disrespected and consequently unprofitable charities asking for government hand-outs. The only way for them to learn from their mistakes is to, "Just say no." No bailouts for the "Lame Stream Media." They made their bed...