From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-00214

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Michael Franks
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
REFERENCE the efforts of the FTC to control speech, and impose the so-called 'Fairness Doctrine' with accompanying taxes on speech: I categorically OPPOSE this doctrine. Read the First Amendment to the US Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...! Got it?! Abridge [from the WEBSTER dictionary] 1. a. To deprive b: to reduce in scope : diminish (attempts to abridge the right of free speech) Here's the link, if you'd like to view it yourself: There is no reason for these taxes, and certainly no authority to use Public funds for the media. If people want newspapers, they'll buy newspapers. Taxes cannot be used to fund Churches or newspapers - and the Government has no authority to become financially involved in either. The people of a Government Owned or financed newspaper will only print that which Government bureaucrats and ruling elite want printed - because they hold the purse strings; therefore, job security depends upon the willingness of the employees to parrot the owner’s views. QUESTION: What kind of a 'free press' is that? ANSWER: It's not FREE PRESS! Hence, the ‘Fairness Doctrine’ is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! You are proposing illegal actions.