From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01111

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Diane Galion
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
It has come to my attention that the Federal Trade Commission has issued a 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” that outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech and silence conservatives. I have read that the FTC report contains the word “tax” 95 times and in my opinion this report by the FTC is part of another attempt by the Obama Administration to seize control of the press. * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report who stand on the front lines of the struggle to expose the Leftist agenda. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Obama Administration to train up the next generation of liberal journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout Fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist.” Taxed again!!! Now there can't be any denial that the media is an arm of the government! I prefer to choose the media I read or listen to -- an independent media -- thank you very much! * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (we're taxed to death already!) * Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund.” "Citizenship?" Where are we? In communist Russia of the 1950s? Sure sounds like it to me. This new FTC document combined with the FCC’s moves to impose a “Fairness Doctrine” pose an ominous threat to conservative speech that would empower the Obama administration to control the dissemination of information while imposing punitive taxes on ideological opponents. We the People say “NO!” to Obama’s efforts to censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech! Shame on the FTC!