From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-00183

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Ed Norton
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I noticed you have issued a 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” that outlines a series of taxes that would likely stifle the free speech of and silence conservatives. It seems this report contains the word “tax” 95-times and is part of an extensive attempt by liberal media to seize control of the press. Further, it seems the conservative media are directly in your crosshairs. Your paper includes… * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report who stand on the front lines of the struggle to expose the Leftist agenda. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the left wing to train up the next generation of liberal journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” -- Folks like me will be forced to fund the liberal media! * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad) * Possible taxes on cell phones, television, and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” This new document combined with your moves to impose a “Fairness Doctrine” pose an ominous threat to conservative speech that would empower liberals to control the dissemination of information while imposing punitive taxes on ideological opponents. Folks like me strongly urge you NOT to foster this attempt to censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech! I really appreciate your kind attention. Ed