From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I see no reason why the government should be funding in any way the media or any private enterprise. Since "the media" is so vast these days with radio, internet, newspapers, and cable in addition to the big three, how could they all be fairly subsidized...not that they should. In this day and age, it seems like there really isn't much journalism going on at the major newspapers or ABC, NBC, CBS anyway. Journalism is supposed to be unbiased reporting of the days events, and that's obviously not happening. In fact, most of the conveyance of information is nothing more than a reiteration of talking points from the favored politial party, which at this time is the democrats in general and Obama administration in particular. For example, there was no background research on Obama during the campaign, otherwise he probably wouldn't have been elected. Currently, there is biased coverage of the oil spill in the Gulf. Had there been a republican in office, assuredly there would be a completely different slant to the days coverage. As bad as the bias currently is, it's a voluntary bias. Once government starts financially supporting media entities, they will be obliged to accommodate the sitting party or otherwise risk losing funding. If the media-particularly the big three and major newspapers-would simply act as it was intended, they would not be losing their audiances since people's loyalties to these outlets are vanishing in search of the truth.