From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01802

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Dave Poulson
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Dear Sirs or Madam, It is my understanding that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” Which outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech and silence the conservative Media. This new bureaucratic plan to silence free speech speaks of new “TAXES” 95 times and is part of “an extensive attempt by the Obama Administration to seize control of the FREE press as is the agenda of all socialist (progressive) groups. The conservative media are directly in the cross hairs of the Obama team to silence them and all Americans. I oppose this and their agenda along with the following taxes associated with this new law,i.e, * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report who stand on the front lines of the struggle to expose the Leftist agenda. * 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” -- YOU AND I will be forced to fund the liberal media! * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad and etc.) * A possible tax on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” This new FTC document combined with the FCC’s moves to impose a “Fairness Doctrine” pose an ominous threat to all 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 More!!!!!” to Obama’s efforts to establish a dictatorship and censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech!This is not only a Socialist move but it voids our Constitutional rights and privileges and the majority of Americans are against this takeover. Again I and my entire family are against these type of actions that bind our Rights and begin to enslave American making them no more than Surfs to the government.