From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-02173

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Julia LeVan
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
This note is to express my unequivocal opposition to "any and all efforts to censor, limit, or restrain free speech -- on conservative or Christian talk radio, on the internet or anywhere else.” I also am against these specific recommendations from the FTC: * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report who stand on the front lines of the struggle to expose the truth. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Obama Administration to train up the next generation of journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” -- the people will be forced to fund the media! It should be our choice whether or not to fund journalists by choosing whether or not to buy their product. * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad) * Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” The news media is a business and it operates in the free market just like all the other businesses do. In the free market, if you fail to satisfy your market base, then you lose funds. If you don't take heed of the meaning behind falling sales, then you eventually run so low on funds, your company becomes bankrupt. This is how it is supposed to work. The federal government is not supposed to interfere in this process and doing so causes many problems. No more taxes to fund private businesses bailouts. Stop taking my money to fund federal government pet projects. This is unconstitutional. If the Federal Government simply focused on their constitutional responsibilities and stopped trying to control every aspect of American life, then we would not need new taxes. No new taxes should even be hinted at during this time of economic pain for so many in this nation.