From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The Federal Trade Commission potential policy recommendations is a bureaucratic plan to insinuate government into the very information that forms the basis of our democracy. No one doubts journalism needs “reinvention.” The media industry is facing hard times but this is just another funding bailout. Every industry does on a regular basis. But the authority of the FTC, and for that matter Congress, the FCC don’t belong in this. Our Constitution: “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.” It’s not just the press. It’s about socialization of the American news media. If government wants to make the media dependent on it for cash, it has to tax us to do so. The paper listed five possible new taxes to pay for a “Citizenship Media Fund.” Those include a $4 billion tax on consumer electronics like a TV or iPod; a $5-6 billion advertising tax; and a tax on both ISP and cell phone bills. These are "hidden taxes". Other possible solutions for the problems that impact journalism is the free market. A Big Government solution that taxes all of us to support new media alternatives that are forever tied to that Big Government is not an option for American democracy.