From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I do not support the proposals outlined in the FTC "Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism". These ideas amount to a backdoor attempt to control the free press guaranteed by our Constitution. I do not want the FTC using my taxes to support the government's "preferred" news outlets, to the detriment of a free & independent press. We don't need new taxes imposed to fund a so-called "Citizenship Media Fund", a journalism division within AmeriCorps, and a bailout fund for journalists' salaries. These proposals set a dangerous precedent because the government becomes the arbiter of "proper" news. Please cease & desist all such work on these ideas.