From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Simplicity of what the FTC, FCC and Congress are trying to mess with is our Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Too many journalists are desperate for funding and for a career future. Their industry is facing hard times. So a coalition is trying to make all of us bail out journalism and fund a new, openly leftwing replacement. This FTC STAFF DISCUSSION DRAFT mentions some form of the word “tax” 95 times in 47 pages. If our government wants to make the media dependent on it for cash, it will have to tax us to do so. This discussion draft has listed five possible new taxes to pay for a “Citizenship Media Fund.” It also listed a host of other possible solutions for the problems that impact journalism, which is everything but the free market. Left-wing groups pressure the government to fund media. Then they pressure the government to regulate conservative media they don’t like. Then the Obama administration gets to pull it all together and come up with the Big Government solution that taxes all of us to support these new media alternatives. This new media though will always be tied to and controlled by that Big Government. The bottom line is this; according to our Constitution, the FTC and FCC don’t have rights to mess with our press freedom.