From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The FTC's proposal, and attendant workshop, have been described as an effort to help "journalism...survive and thrive in the future. The workshop will address proposals to better-support and lower the costs of journalism..." If my understanding is correct, and I believe it to be, what you are proposing is the most unacceptably breathtaking infringement on the US freedom of speech that this country has ever seen: * 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 to train up the next generation of journalists; * A direct fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” * A 5% tax on consumer electronics; * Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” What don't you government types understand? America is going broke. We are not far behind Greece and western Europe economically. We do not need more government programs, we need lower taxes to stimulate private sector employment. Probably 20+% of the US workforce is out of a job without any meaningful prospects of same in the future. A) we can't afford this boondoggle; B) keep your sticky hands off the freedom of the press; C)if the mainstream media was delivering the news in an even-handed manner rather than shilling for big government and unions they wouldn't have to worry about "thriving in the future", they would be competing with the healthy portions of the broadcast, print and internet industry that does, indeed, convey a balanced picture. I hope and pray that the American people will see this for exactly what it is; a thinly-veiled attempt to control the emerging anti-government voices of American liberty. I for one would support immediately taking the FTC to court to block any such misguided and unconstitutional attempt to control freedom of speech in America.