From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Dear Federal Trade Commission personnel, The best way to HELP the journalists of the future is TO LEAVE THEM ALONE AND TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF THEIR BUSINESS. They need to be free to report the news as they see it, including exposing governmental errors. THIS IS THE VITAL JOB OF A FREE PRESS. Only a FREE press, i. e. FREE OF GOVERNMENT INFLUENCE can do this!!! There should be ABSOLUTELY NO GOVERNMENT INFLUENCE ON THE JOURNALISTS!!!!! Please consider my concerns as a US citizen: The Federal Government should stay out of the journalism profession altogether!! Freedom of speech, including journalism, is guaranteed in the USA by the Bill of Rights. It is a private enterprise which does not need, AND SHOULD NEVER BE GIVEN, any government assistance for any person, groups, or companies in the field. Why? Because government administrations are always lead by one party or the other, Republican or Democrat, and it is very seriously wrong for any government administration to hold any degree of influence over the journalists of the present or the future. To propose taxes in order to either educate or bail out journalists is ABSOLUTELY MORALLY WRONG!!!! It will definitely lead to media bias for the party in majority. Journalism coverage, such as space in newspapers, airtime on radio or TV, and internet access, will be given out with gross favoritism to journalists who agree with the ideology of the party in majority, and journalists who hold differing views will be censored by all possible means. These proposed taxes are the main ways to censor opposing views, AND SHOULD NOT EVEN BE SLIGHTLY CONSIDERED!!! THIS IS AMERICA!!! WE DON'T USE TAX LAWS TO ESSENTIALLY AND PURPOSEFULLY CENSOR ANYBODY IN JOURNALISM!!! My points are as follows: - NO TAX should be placed on news aggregators!!! The free press of the United States should remain TAX FREE!!! - There is absolutely NO NEED for a “journalism division” of AmeriCorps. US taxpayers do not want to AND SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO pay for the training of the next generation of journalists!! This is not Nazi Germany, cold war USSR, Communist China, or current-day Venezuela where the press was and is simply a propaganda arm of the government in power!!! There must be a SEPARATION OF PRESS AND STATE!!!!! - A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” is absolutely un-American!!! Journalists have to work for their living like everybody else in the PRIVATE SECTOR!!! Remember: journalists ARE PRIVATE SECTOR!!! They DO NOT WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT!!!! And they never should!! American citizens should not be FORCED to fund the media with tax dollars, and essentially have the US Government paying the salaries and thereby BUYING the spin and bias put on the news!!! - Possible taxes on cell phones, television, and radio, all part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund”, are absolutely out of the question for Americans to have to pay!!!! Journalists have always been paid by private industry. People who want to read or hear the news WILL PAY FOR IT AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE. There is nothing wrong with paying for your newspaper, news magazine, or airtime!!!!! That’s the REAL AMERICAN WAY!!!! So I ask you to PLEASE REJECT ANY MEASURE TO FUND JOUNALISM WITH US GOVERNMENT MONEY, IN OTHER WORDS, TAXPAYER MONEY!!!!!! Thank you very much for taking the time to read and consider this. May God Bless you. From your concerned fellow US citizen, Glen Hawes