From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The "Drudge tax" proposal, and any similar taxation of media is in direct conflict of the Rights of the People to freely communicate. Your stated goal " The workshop will address proposals to better-support and lower the costs of journalism." is unsupported by any methods or guidelines in your goal statement. The "Drudge Tax" proposal exposes your intent to reduce costs to the media companies by taxing the People! That is not acceptable. The debts of companies, media included, amassed during positive economic times should be borne by those same companies during negative economic times - that's the function of the company's officers: regulate the company through changing economic environments. A better approach to lower the costs of journalism would be to reduce government spending on the media companies (government sponsored = government biased), reduce taxes on the media companies (stop stifling the profit/growth of the business), and allow the media companies to streamline their operations to reduce their own costs. It is time to take the financial burden of poor business decisions by companies in business for a profit, off the People and place it back from whence it came - the companies. The "Drudge Tax" proposal controls the media industry and by extension, the People, by taxation. Taxation of the People is supposed to provide funding for necessary governmental expenses only, not to regulate, change, induce or modify in any way, the behavior of the People or infringe upon the Rights of the People. The proposed taxation scheme is nothing short of an attempt to take the voice from the People and institute a government run propaganda bureaucracy similar to that of North Korea - biased and self serving.