From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01762

Submission Number:
Francisco Aguilar
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
FTC ‘s issue of its 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” that outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech and silence conservatives is a communistic ideology that will not happen on my watch. The report is an extensive attempt by the Obama Administration to seize control of the press. The“Drudge Tax” on news aggregators, like The Drudge Report, who stand on the front lines of the struggle to expose the Leftist agenda goes against everything that is American. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Obama Administration to train up the next generation of liberal journalists is straight from Hell. * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” -- YOU AND I will be forced to fund the liberal media will never be paid by me. * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad) is insane. * Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” is straight from the communist manifesto of Karl Marx and will not happen so help us God. 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. I simply must respond and say “NO!” to Obama’s efforts to censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech! Next week, the FTC will be holding a workshop on the “Future of Journalism” as a follow up to the release of its 47-page “Drudge Tax” proposal. Please make a note of this response and the many, many others who will be making our presence and demands known. This administration will stop usurping our freedoms and will stop today so help us God.