From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I oppose the 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” that outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech and silence conservatives because: * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report who stand on the front lines of the struggle to expose the Leftist agenda is clearly unconstitutional. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Obama Administration to train up the next generation of liberal journalists is clearly unconstitutional. * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” is clearly unconstitutional. * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad)is clearly unconstitutional. * Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” are clearly unconstitutional. 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 simply must respond and say “NO!” to Obama’s efforts to censor, regulate, tax and control our constitutionally authorized free speech!