From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
My comments in relation to your meeting on the future of journalism would be to remind the Commission that this is a free-market economy and that journalism is a private enterprise. Several government proposals have been debated in past years, even to the present day, such as implementing regulations to force radio stations to give equal air time to opposing views, to tax certain media, and to involve government in the training of journalists and in otherwise directing the future of media. This is deeply unsettling. It is not the government's place to in any way direct or regulate media, or to have control over the views expressed in them. It is the government's place to enforce the law. It is up to private citizens and corporations to decide the future, the direction, and the means of journalism and media. It is up to the owners of radio stations and TV networks to decide what to broadcast, without any government intervention or subsidization. Please do not adopt any policy that would in any way infringe on the freedom of private corporations and citizens to decide for themselves what to air, or any policy to tax or subsidize any journalists, journalism, or media. Please uphold the free-market policy of no government intervention beyond upholding the basic laws of the land. Thank you.