From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01585

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Robert Bieber
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am urging members of the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC) and everyone in Washington to reject any and all efforts to censor, limit, or restrain free speech – on conservative or Christian talk radio, on the internet or anywhere else. This includes through the antiquated FCC rule mis-known as the “Fairness” Doctrine – as well as backdoor “Fairness” Doctrine-type FCC regulatory powers such as enforcement of “localism,” “diversity in media ownership” and service of the “local” or “public interest.” This also includes any attempt to regulate content of the internet or any other journalistic outlet including the following proposals by the current administration: * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report. * 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!" * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad) * Taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” Additionally, I am joining with other American citizens who want their individual free speech rights defended and protected from government intrusion! Our great nation was built upon free and open discourse, and to remain a great nation this ideal must be protected and preserved at all costs.