From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The FTC has NO business getting involved with Journalism. Especially the politicalization of journalism as you plan in your "Future of Journalism" campaign. Any involvement of finacial support of media organizations should be only from PRIVATE sources, NEVER from the government. That is COMMUNISM, goverment control of the media. Who will list the bad things about government if their next paycheck depends on government funding? I totally reject ANY idea of future taxation, especially taxation by commission. If a newspaper, magazine, radio or tv show fails or survives, it should only be because of their own merits and efforts, not from some bail-out. Print something or transmit something I care to read, watch or listen to and I will. If it's not something I like I won't support it. So, don't force me to pay for it, not that the FTC should be able to do that anyway. Stop this madness, and get back to work. If you can remember your mission. I am looking forward to voting-in people who know that EVERY commission in Washington needs, as a minimum, a 50% cut in funding. When civil servants become bureaucrats they work only to make sure they always have a job. John Gillis Cutler Bay, FL