From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The US has had a free and independent press since it was founded. No tax payer money or other government "help" should be direted at the press. The people of the country will purchase, read, view, and other wise obtain the news from the sources they trust and it is not in the best interest of the government or the press for some official to decide what the content should be. I was editor of my college newspaper in 1964 and I saw the impact in other schools of administration interference in the publication of news by the student press. Yes we were responsible and we used common sense but we were never told what we could publish and what we could not. The general press today should be treated the same way. If they are irresponsible they will not be heard. As an engineer with more than 40 years of experience I see errors everyday in the newstories I read with respect to the industry where I am employed. I constantly write letters and e-mails to note the errors and inconsistancies. As a citizen that is my responsibility and it does not belong in Washington. The market will decide who is transmitting the truth.