From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I understand you are discussing various strategies to "tweak" your current rules and regulations. I am sure you are aware many of these proposals would have a direct impact on the so-called "conservative" media. I urge you not to do this. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press have been hallmarks of this country since its very beginning. Have we forgotten Patrick Henry's famous "I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it!"? I also strongly object to the use of "bailout" or other government funds for the training of journalists or in any other way to assist the media. The media should be totally free of any governmental encumbrances. Does anyone really believe there would be objectivity or neutrality if their funding was tied to the government? They're not going to bite the hand that feeds them. This is a very bad idea. Liberty is lost one increment at a time, and it seems to me that if the freedoms of speech and the press are eroded by limiting or even eliminating the availability of opposing viewpoints it would be a very big step toward that loss, maybe even several steps all at once. This issue is a big one. It is my fervent hope that those who are involved in this process are totally committed to maintaining the freedoms that make this country great, in particular the freedom to disagree, even with the president, and the freedom to express that disagreement through all the various forms of media that exist today. Thank you.