From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-02388

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Kevin Baisdon
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The description above implies that journalism is only valid from certain sources and certain "approved news organizations." If newspapers are going out of business, perhaps they should evolve and provide information in other formats. Or, here's a thought: improve your reporting, provide useful and objective information. You're in business, try to keep up. The idea that journalism is only valid in paper/print form is ludicrous on its face. This action by the FTC has nothing to do with preserving journalism as a profession. It has everything to do with control of information by the government. An ethical and objective fourth estate is crucial in providing a check and balance to government, finance, industry and other aspects of this country's systems. America needs news organizations that will clearly and objectively report facts, seek and present all sides of a story, not a media full of writers and storytellers that serve the whims of one party; one administration; one agenda. Mark Lloyd is on record as admiring Hugo Chavez' abuse of Venezuelan media. Despicable. The Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. This action is a giant step towards restricting both of those. Where is the outcry from today's journalists? Are there any remaining ethical journalists reporting facts without interjecting their own spin? This amounts to a government bailout of an industry. Whenever the government injects money, it also injects policy and will influence if not control content. This is incredibly dangerous. Information is power. This is an insidious and seditious plan to control the information provided to America's citizens.