From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
As a former radio announcer, I am horrified by the implications of the Obama administration's "Reinventing Journalism" documents and the blatant attack on the First Amendment. The right to say what you want without fear of governmental reprisal is one of the most honored and revered rights we have in this country, and certainly a right that makes the United States different from other countries around the world. We have the right to criticize those with whom we disagree; yes, even the President! Not many countries can say that. I fear the Administration's proposals will lead to the censoring/restriction of certain media outlets, in this case those who happen to oppose the Administration's agenda. We are NOT Venezuela! We need to reject this proposal to make sure we do not become just as repressive as the Chavez regime. I also vehemently oppose the proposed increased public funding for "media that promotes the public good" such as PBS. I strongly oppose ANY public funding of media that supports a particular ideological viewpoint! It is also reprehensible to propose taxation that will train future journalists--this is NOT the realm of government! I strongly urge the FCC to consider carefully the Constitutional intent of our Founding Fathers, and the extremely limited role of the Federal government which they intended. Please support the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press for ALL viewpoints, not merely those that mirror the viewpoints of the Obama administration. Please stand with the American people to ensure that free speech remains FREE!