From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03014

Submission Number:
David Goodwin
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The FTC's 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech and silence conservatives. This document contains the word “tax” 95 times and is part of an attempt by the Obama Administration to seize control of the press. Destruction of conservative media is the goal of the Obama administration. Among the FTC document's repulsive inclusions are: * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report who stand on the front lines of the struggle to expose the Leftist agenda. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Obama Administration to train up the next generation of liberal journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” that Tax Payers like myself will be force to pay. * 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” This new FTC 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. This is such a load of socialist/communist crap. My wife and I say NO! to Obama’s efforts to censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech!