From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01786

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Susan Stanton
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
In the United States, we have a document called the Constitution which has an amendment, the 1st to be specific, which states, "Congress shall make no law" ... "or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press" ... I am sure that includes all government entities. You swore to protect and defend that document. This is not the former USSR. It is wrong for the government to impose regulations to forward it's views which may be contrary to those of a very large segment of society. These proposed regulations will place the government in the position of picking winners and losers in a free enterprise system, leading us down a very dangerous path toward a government controlled press. For this, I am vehemently opposed. The Constitution's 'no law' should be precisely that. There is also no provision in the Constitution for the government to indoctinate future journalists. As in other pursuits, there are institutions of high learning available with grants from private endowments to educate these people. If liberal newspapers, radio stations, television networks, etc. are unable to succeed in a free enterprise system without government intervention, their owners should review their own markets and make corrections or pursue other enterprises. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution do not guarantee equal outcome, only equal chance to pursue happiness. Conservative outlets do better in our markets because their owners have worked to understand their markets and deliver that which is desired by their consumers. I implore you not to enact these anti-American, unconstitutional, biased regulations.