From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
To whom it may concern, The federal government, including the FTC, has no business whatsoever meddling in the media. This includes taxing it or subsidizing it. The First Amendment and case law under it developed over our nation's two hundred and thirty-four year history could not be clearer about this, as particularly shown in jurisprudence from the post-reconstruction part of that history to today. Moreover, the marketplace for ideas can and will function just fine without your "help" or meddling. Bloggers already do a far more effective job of ensuring a truly free press than the so-called traditional or old-line media outlets ever did or ever could. Indeed, one of the best things about the rise of web-based news sources is that they are so difficult to control. No longer can CNN or the old Hearst-style mega-news powerhouse outlets control what folks see, read and react to. And, the federal government should let any such media businesses thrive or fail without government meddling. Very truly yours, Matthew H. Simmmons P.S. I am a (domestically born) U.S. Citizen of voting age.