From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The “Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism,” is a 47-page bureaucratic plan to insinuate government into the very information that forms the basis for democracy and is a direct violation of the 1st Amendment. The 1st Amendment states “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.” Yet "Reinvention of Journalism" proposes the following: * A tax on news aggregators. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps that forces taxpayers to pay the Obama Administration to train 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” The FTC has no right to control press freedom, to raise taxes for a government bailout of failing media outlets, or to create a government training program for journalists. All of these proposals seek to "support the old power structure of the dying model of newspapers" rather than searching for new growth opportunities. This document is a dangerous overreach of power, a waste of taxpayer funds and should be dropped from consideration.