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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
As a journalist, I take exception to the FTC's idea of using taxes to pay journalistic enterprises and employees that will control how they are trained as well as what they say and write. Your agency knows that taking any kind of a "handout" from a governmental agency only leads to servitude for government bureaucrats, who will create what propaganda is disseminated. Controlling the media will create nothing more than a Soviet Union mentality and the official line is hardly to be believed. Drop the idea of taxes on communication aspects and let it remain free where an honest debate can be held allowing the truth to be winnowed out to the public. Secret meetings, backroom deals, closed door sessions and late night voting on the public's business is an assault on the Constitutional liberaties of what was created to be a free society. I would strongly recommend that you leave news sources free of this massive encroaching government that has already eroded freedoms and made many peoples beholding to federal agencies. It's time that the FTC officials reread what the founding fathers had to say about a free press. Take a look at Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" if you need some direction. Thank you for recieving these comments. Herb Moering