From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I recently became aware of the FTC's "Re-inventing Journalism" proposal. I adamantly oppose it for several reasons. First, it becomes a tax on the middle and lower class who access media by blog or other electronic means. Second, it is a form of censorship that imposes burdens on certain segments of the news media who use electronic media. Third, it violates the independence of the press when the Government in the form of Americorps creates essentially a press agency. This is a proposal that I think would be successfully challenged as a First Amendment violation, and a waste of taxpayer dollars to support certain segments of the media while penalizing some news consumers who least can afford it. IN a time of austere federal budgets, we have no business adding burdens to the taxpayer and adding additional costs to the Federal budget.