From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
To the Federal Trade Commission, <%@ Page Language="C#" Debug=true" %> I appreciate this opportunity to respond to your plan to support and lower the costs of journalism. Your above invitation really doesn't give a person enough information to make an educated response. From what little you say above it appears to be another Government Bailout which will be funded by us taxpayers. I went on the internet to try to get more information and found an article saying you recently released a 47 page document called "Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism". It also states that this document proposes a new tax called the "Drudge Tax, a 5% consumer tax on electronics, a 35 billion "Citizenship Media Fund", taxes on radio, television and cell phones. In addition, it mentions an Ameri Corps Journalism Division to train new journalist and a Bailout Program to help pay the salary of every journalist. What the hell are you people thinking (or drinking) to even consider adding this additional burden on the American taxpayers, read my lips, our Country is BROKE! All this, along with the proposed "$350 billion National Broadband Plan" and the proposed "Fairness Doctrine" is in direct conflict with the 1st Amendment of our Constituition. BASED ON THE ABOVE WHICH APPEARS TO BE TRUE, MY ONLY CONCLUSION IS THAT THIS IS AN ATTEMPT BY OUR GOVERNMENT TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR FREE SPEECH! PLEASE PROVE ME WRONG! How can you in good conscience support these proposals? Do any of you have children? How can you sleep at night? Your GOD is watching, do what is right for your fellow citizens and best for our Country! Thank you for this opportunity to respond and GOD BLESS AMERICA!