From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
It is a terrible and un-American idea to tax people in order to pay for journalists or their training. There is no valid reason to try to preserve or save the current status quo of journalism. If the internet has made journalism easier so that more people can be involved and at a lower cost, including that it makes some current news media organizations go out of business, then that is acceptable. If the news organizations fail, then other better ones will take their places. It is not the role of government to financially bail out anyone, and taxes on internet use or other internet activity to pay for bail-outs or for training journalists by government corps is unacceptable. Businesses that are not financially sound should disappear. It is not the duty of taxpayers to support failed businesses, including media companies.