From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
1. As was the case with the buggy whip industry, thriving near the end of the 19th century, newspapers must sink or swim based on market forces and not on government subsidies and edicts. If the government needs a way to send public, legal notices, there is always the USPS. 2. A public income stream to 'the media', an ill-defined construct of unknown size / membership that was envisioned as free from government intervention, would react to the political winds affecting the objectivity of any organization receiving funding. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a great example where we see evidence of political bias in its programming. NPR is a bastion of liberal / progressive viewpoints, and as such should not receive tax dollars, period. 3. With unemployment already high, taking more money away from the private sector to prop up 'the media' is self-defeating and inherently wasteful. Why prop up the buggy whip industry?