From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-02447

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Thomas Stark
West Virginia
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The following features of the proposed regulation and taxation related to protection of the media from failure (reads, "Bailout" to me) are totally unacceptable because they cannot be shown to be administered in a manner that ensures impartial application with regard to the outlet and type of material presented via a particular outlet. Additionally, these efforts to underwrite private industry through taxation of others continues the current administration's trend toward governmental oversight and the accompanying control of another aspect of our economy which is contrary to what I believe to be in the best interests of a free nation. Specifically, the bothersome proposals include but are not limited to: * 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 the Obama Administration to train up the next generation of journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” -- YOU AND I will be forced to fund the media! * 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” None of these measures are justified or authorized under the U.S Constitution and are an adulteration of the term "free press" as by nature, the loyalty of the press should not be influenced by money or the power of the government or its agencies. These sources of revenue will, by their very existence influence the freedom with which the news is delivered to the public. The internet and all other forms of electronic communication should remain free of government control or influence beyond the assignment of bandwidth and frequencies which is the only purpose for which the original FCC was authorized. What is most difficult to believe is that while common decency is ignored on the airwaves by the FCC, they are very concerned about the financial viability of the liberal side of the news media who are losing followers by the droved based on their lack of willingness to provide unbiased and impartial reporting of the news. Those outlets that provide both sides of the issue are many and growing. They are not in need of government assistance to survive. The ones who have destroyed the public's confidence in their impartiality are the ones who are suffering. It is these outlets that should be allowed to go bankrupt as found necessary since the free market has been proven time and time again to be the best arbiter of fairness in the realm of public media.