From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The FTC manifesto on the "Reinvention of Journalism" is deeply chilling to me and should be to all Americans who understand and value our First Amendment. The government has no business "reinventing" anything except the methods it uses to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse. Government and the media are inherent adversaries, as they should be. Governmment shouldn't be monitoring, taxing or training journalists or their work product. I am not fooled by the Orwellian language of this proposal. I will protest this proposal in every way I can, and tell as many people as I can of its outrageous overreach and frightening implications for our freedoms.