From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am appalled that the FTC plans to "nationalize" state journalism by "reinventing" it. News sources should evolve the way every other industry does. The Government has no Constitutional authority to tax anyone, particularly successful news sources, in order to bail out failing news sources. I oppose a Drudge Tax on news aggregators like The Drudge Report. I further oppose a “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Obama Administration to train up the next generation of journalists. The last thing this nation needs is State-run media who will selectively report what is really going on in government. I oppose a direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist”. Journalists need to be hired and let go on the merits of their work, not supported by some State Media outlet. I oppose the 5% tax on consumer electronics and possible other taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund”. The idea of a Pravda-like state media in the United States is frightening and un-American. Let the free markets decide who succeeds and who fails; and let We The People determine what news we read and what news we don't... and not some obtrusive government agency.