From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Controlling, training, and organizing the Press is not the purview of the FTC or any other governmental organization. We are supposed to have a free press, other than the onerous rulings by the FTC (which should be rescinded), and each division or type of press should be left to fend for itself without the government "bailing" them out. If they are failing, which the print press currently is, it is because they have done something wrong. It is their fault and they should not be supported or "corrected" by any governmental organization. Any governmental involvement in the press is tyrannical and should be fought tooth and nail. Only dictatorships, communist and socialist countries have a State run press. The United States of America is none of the above, yet, and the press should be left to its own devices. The free market applies to information as well as goods and can regulate itself. The failure of the print press is an indication that it is doing something wrong and the public is letting them know by not purchasing their product. The same goes for the TV news of ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC. They are doing something wrong and the people are voting with their remotes to watch some other venue that gives them the news in a variety of ways that they can stomach. Government control of the media is a Progressive tenet and must be resisted at all levels.