From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Journalism should or should not survive on it's own merits, withour the help of the federal government. Any attempt of the FTC to regulate any part of the area of free speach (which is the whole idea of journalism) is tatamount to facism. The Idea that tax dollars will go to shoring up the media is abhorant to me. Anything the federal government supports the federal government controls. Ie. public schools. The present so called media doesn't need any government help,it is already heavily slanted to the progressive left. People have woken up to the fact that they need both sides of a subject in order to make a legimate choice and that can only be found on the internet. In this country's past there have many faliures that We somehow survived without government help and in some cases in spite of it. If the internet has begun to replace the print/tv media so be it. It is the right of the American people to obtain news anyway they desire, after all thats what free enterprise is all about. You folks at the FTC are about to over step the constitutional authority alloted to you. Trying to save the jobs that will be lost in a declining media by suplementing the pay of journalists is a blatent takeover of the news. Its none of the federal governments business which version of media ultimently comes out on top. The fact that there is a media war will insure our freedom. In case You haven't noticed what happens to countries whose press is managed by their governments I'll tell you. The people lose their right to freedom. The socialism resulting from managed press may be fine with You and indeed may be your adgenda, but it ain't ok with We the people. In my erer so humble opinion , the FTC should keep it's nose out of the internet and for that matter the content of all forms of news media.