From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01375

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James Mc Quillan
North Carolina
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am writing to express my extreme opposition to your plans to limit, tax and/or control the free speech guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. Your plans to: * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report who stand on the front lines of the struggle to expose the Leftist agenda. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Obama Administration to train up the next generation of liberal journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” -- YOU AND I will be forced to fund the liberal media! * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad) * Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” The above, combined with the attempts to impose a “Fairness Doctrine” pose an ominous threat to conservative speech. Do this would empower the Obama, and any other administration or bureaucrats 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 free speech! The FTC is not empowered to do any of the above. If Congress thinks that this should be done then they are the ones to do it. Not appointed or career individuals that have no authority to do so.