From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Whatever the government supports the government ultimately controls. Support of newsgathering and distribution outlets by the federal government will eventually bring the end to freedom of the press. Under the guise of helping "journalists and journalism" the government will be able to control what information is given to the American people. The end result will be that only what the controlling administration wants the people to hear and read will be what they will be allowed to hear and read. Although the government already has great control over the media, once financial support is received by the media, their freedom of expressing the truth will be totally controlled. In addition by the re-establishment of the "Fairness Doctrine" in the broadcast media, the government will have effectively eliminated any voices that are contrary to the approved and politically correct. With the total control of the media by the government we will find ourselves in the same controlled environment experienced by the Germans in WW II and the Russians in the Cold War. The only thing we will have available is approved government propaganda.