From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
This is a bad idea! You are trying to mess with our Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” You in the executive branch have even less power in inventing new law -- it is illegal! You are only to enforce present laws; so, please stick with your job and stop trying to mess with our freedoms. We do not need a government bureaucracy to reinvent journalism; it is reinventing itself just fine. we do not need new taxes to pay for a “Citizenship Media Fund” such as a $4 billion (5%) tax on consumer electronics like our TV or iPod; a $5-6 billion advertising tax; and a tax on both ISP and cell phone bills. We do not need a $35B “Citizenship Media Fund” for the government to use to force its will on the media. We certainly do not need a “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the federal government to train up the next generation of journalists that agree with its policies. In third world nations, the anti-freedom dictators send troops or rioters to TV stations and newspapers to seize complete control of the media. You are trying to do the same thing via FTC rules. Please, drop this whole thing and leave our freedom of speech rights alone.