From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Under no circumstances should any media outlet - newspaper, television, or radio gain access to federal funds. If we, the American people, are to have any faith left in the integrity of our journalists, then we MUST not allow our government to subsidize the media in any way. Such mixture of government and media can only corrupt the media and lead to the dissemination of half-truths and lies. Of course, there hasn't been very much in terms of journalistic integrity for years now. I humbly present Dan Rather as the paradigm of what happens when purportedly neutral "reporting" becomes shameless editorializing. If the newspaper is to die an untimely death, so be it. If the new wave of media is the Internet, where several traditional newspapers and magazines have found new and fertile advertising and reporting grounds, then that is what will be, and it's no great loss to the American people. All reporters spin the facts, misrepresent the truth, and lie. The only question remaining is what are the motives behind the lies and which political direction the spin comes from. Arthur Reynolds