From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I strongly appose your 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism”. It outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech and impose more taxes on the American citizens. They are: * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Administration to train up the next generation of liberal journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” -- The tax payer will be forced to fund the liberal media! * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad) * Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” Your document combined with the FCC’s moves to impose a “Fairness Doctrine” pose an ominous threat to conservative speech that would empower the Obama administration to control the dissemination of information while imposing punitive taxes on ideological opponents. I simply must respond and say “NO!” to the combined efforts of your organization (FTC) and the FCC to censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech!