From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
No government, state or federal, including the FTC has the authority to "help" journalism. The fate of the major media such as network tv, and major newspapers are of their own making. Using tax dollars to prop them up after we've already voted with our dollars would far exceed the authority of the FTC. If "journalism" wants more readers and viewers, I suggest they rediscover honesty, truth and integrity as values.