From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I would like to comment on your“Reinventing Journalism” document and this effort to censor and tax conservative speech and our free speech rights in general. Free speech is a right in this country, I oppose any effort to keep the news from the public in any way. We already get a biased viewpoint from most media due to the liberal arts education that journalists have gotten in this nation's universities for over a generation. If things were to be truly fair IE: the "Fairness Doctrine" CBS should have to air equal time rebuttals from a conservative viewpoint after every "news" broadcast. Leave it alone! The success of conservative media is in large part because a large number of people in this country already agree with it, or most of it. If Thomas Payne hadn't written "Common Sense" this would still be a set of British colonies, and all the good things America has done in the world would not have been done. Free speech is our birthright and responsibility, no one should be so afraid of an opposing viewpoint that they should have to try and censor it in any way. Dictatorships do that, we on the other hand have a Bill of Rights, The 1st amendment of that precious document states; “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.” The reason that consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet for news and information, in my opinion is because we have found it to be more reliable and less biased than television news. (Obviously some of it is absolute garbage). Yet, one can usually find what one wants to and several differing sides to the story. Journalists need to adapt to the way things are and not be bailed out at the expense of taxpayers, consumers pay for the services they want, that's called a free market. If journalism provides more unbiased news and less of what they have called news for the last 15-20 years they will get more ratings; hence more advertisers; hence more revenue. I can't think of a national newsman I've trusted since Walter Cronkite, but I think that's the organization that allows or disallows the story. My simple solution is BE HONEST, it will all come out in the wash! Consumer's will go where the truth is. If the media keeps trying to B.S. us, we will keep going elsewhere.