From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I have to ask those who are organizing these activities just where it is that they have found evidence that it is the government's job to take part in journalism. Citizens of this country and even the news media have decried Russia's interference in its news media, yet these same individuals are now advocating what is clearly the beginning of very similar interference in our own news media. The free market has worked smoothly in this country since its founding, and businesses have successfully adjusted to technology. Thus the FTC's attempts to "help" journalists and other members of the media to adjust to the changing times are irrelevant at best and more likely an outright intrusion on private business. For the government to take part in journalistic training/business in any way is to begin to control that business and is a direct precursor to a thought police similar to what we currently observe in Russia. For the government to do this is an outright violation of free speech even if it is nonregulatory, but it is clear that the agenda in play is to produce regulatory components to journalism. As such, I as a citizen of this country request that you do us the favor of bowing out of our job as citizens to decide simply by the use of our attention, time, and money, who is reporting the news properly. More succinctly, please leave journalism and the media at large alone!