From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-02012

Submission Number:
Thomas North
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
NO!!! NO to any and all of the following: 1. ANY direct or indirect suppression of speech, the impairment of which is prohibited by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which also "trumps" any and all U.S. Supreme Court case law. 2. ANY new tax on any journalists, or news media. 3. ANY new tax on purchase or use of any consumer electronics, such as cell phones. I refuse to pay, and the govt.CANNOT make me. 4. ANY provision that would give government any control, direct or indirect, over even part of the media, as anethemic to the First Amendment. 5. ANY federal financial bailout of the media. Our nation is so far in debt now, that the national debt now excepts our Gross Domestic Product. It is a hole we can never dig out from. The media is a private enterprise - it has to sink or swim on its own merits. Government bailouts take government into the territory of obtaining control over part of the private sector and the evils of socialism. We taxpayers simply will NEVER be able to afford to pay for such bailouts, directly or indirectly. The politicians are going to have to pay off all the bailouts out of their own personal money. The FTC's 47 page report recently released is FULL of absurdities, impossible suggestions, and runs contrary to the Constitution, which we all must comply with. It was yet another complete waste of time, money and effort. Our federal government currently is acting in an insane fashion across the board, and this is yet another example of that.