From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
To the commission, There is absolutely NO NEED or EXCUSE for imposing a tax on, or trying to regulate or control the press. Any attempt to do so is purely political in nature, and morally unsupportable. The press in the USA is supposed to be a "free" press. That does not mean "free, as long as they say what WE want". Each entity in the press should be free to succeed or fail on it's own merits. In other words, if people WANT to hear what an entity has to say, that entity will probably succeed. If people DON'T WANT to hear what an entity has to say, that entity will likely fail. It is as simple as that. But that is as it should be. The government should NOT be dictating who can or can't provide the news, nor should they be taxing successful news sources to help finance unsuccessful ones. It has nothing at all to do with making it "fair". IT IS FAIR! All news entities have the equal opportunity to provide that content which they deem "news", in a format that they deem "correct". It is up to them to provide content (a product or service) that people actually want to spend their time receiving (people want to buy). If they can't provide a product people want to buy, they fail, just like any other business! Last year, thousands of businesses went broke and closed their doors because they weren't providing a product or service that people were actually willing to buy, or packaging it in a way that made people want to buy it. Did you, or anyone else, help them stay open by taxing those businesses that were successful to help subsidize those that weren't? Of course not! AND IT SHOULDN'T BE DONE IN THIS CASE EITHER!!! Taxing or shutting down successful news/entertainment entities to support or artificially prop-up unsuccessful ones is NOT "fair". It amounts to forcing the public to watch or listen to something simply because YOU, or someone who CONTROLS you, thinks they should. "Fair", on the other hand, would be to let them succeed or fail on their own. THE PEOPLE will decide whether or not they want to "buy" the product. THAT is the way the Founding Fathers of this great country intended it to be, and THAT is the ONLY way it SHOULD BE! Respectfully submitted by: Byron Hay