From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I oppose any plan to impose taxes in order to subsidize the media. If a newspaper or tv or radio broadcast can not support itself, it's not worth supporting. In a free market economy, which used to be the hallmark of the United States way of life, businesses were allowed to succeed or fail based on their ability to provide a product or service that the public was willing to pay for. A free government has no business interfering with the free exchange of ideas in the public marketplace. For a fascist or communist model, please review the policies of Germany from 1935 - 1945 and the Soviet Union from 1918 until 1990 and China from 1945 to date. A democratic society requires freedom of expression uninfluenced by rules and regulations and taxes imposed by beaurocrats and elected officials who feel they know what's best for the people. Regulate political speech? Why not just toss out the 2nd Amendment altogether?