From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
There is no justification for any of the following - Taxes or fees on any news aggregotors or web site, be they profit or non-profit. Using taxpayer money to either support, train, educate, salary, etc. Journalists Taxes of any sort to somehow support journalism http://www.ftc.gov/opp/workshops/news/jun15/docs/new-staff-discussion.pdf Re-invention of journalism is still in process. One doesn't want government policies that promote stone tools when metal tools are one the rise. It should be noted that with electronic technologies news providers are no longer dependent on expensive printing and distribution costs. Similarly it is pretty clear that many newspapers have bad management and sell a product people don't want to buy. Newspapers were free-riding off the fact that people wanting some news had to buy the entire paper regardless of how bad parts of it were. If there are policies that somehow restrict consumers for paying for newspapers then those should be removed. Oh, and the unintended consequences of this are further distortions of the news media, subsidizing unpopular newspapers further making papers unpopular, and full on propaganda to get government subsidies.