From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Regarding the 47 page report: These proposals are outrageous. The First Amendment tells us " “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Since the FCC and the FTC are creations of Congress, I would have to believe they are still subject to the Constitution. Several elements in the report reek of creeping, if not outright, control of our media. If journalism should be saved in order to guarantee Free Speech, then the Government is last entity that should subsidize, and, therefore, control it. Let the free market decide. * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report who stand on the front lines of the struggle to promote the truth. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Obama Administration to train up the next generation of journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” * 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”