From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Dear FTC, I vigorously oppose any effort by the federal government to bailout failing newspapers or other media companies. Let the marketplace vote with their dollars and the entities that the public wants will thrive and those that they don't will perish. The federal government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers and should not provide subsidies, tax breaks, or similar hand-outs. Any government support of media greatly threatens this country's tradition of a free and unfettered press, as well as our basic First Amendment rights. As a lover of liberty and the free press, I am especially frightened by the proposal to establish a journalism division of AmeriCorps. Is it the proper role of a free government to train journalists? No matter how well intentioned, whenever the government attempts to work against market forces to "aid" an industry, it makes a mess of it. We do not need the federal government deciding what form of media needs support and then taxing other forms and the end users to fund the favored media. Let the market decide the winners and the losers. Respectfully, Russell Tolman