From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” that outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech and silence conservatives. As I understand it, the report contains the word “tax” 95 times and appears to be part of “an extensive attempt by the Obama Administration to seize control of the press.” The FTC paper includes… * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report. Our nation is based on FREEdom of speech. Why should anyone be taxed to express their views. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay to train up the next generation of liberal journalists! The Amercian people should never be forced to fund training for any journalists. * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” -- No one should be forced into supporting any media, liberal or conservative! * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad)Added taxes above and beyond current sales tax. Are you kidding me. This is an outrage and will not contribute to turning around the current financial crisis. * Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” Same comment as above. This new FTC document combined with the FCC’s moves to impose a “Fairness Doctrine” pose an ominous threat to conservative speech that would empower the Obama administration to control the dissemination of information while imposing punitive taxes on ideological opponents. The FCC must respond and say “NO!” to Obama’s efforts to censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech!