From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03945

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Vicki Perry
New York
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I urge the FCC and everyone in Washington to reject any and all efforts to censor, limit, or restrain free speech on conservative or Christian talk radio, on the internet or anywhere else. This includes through the antiquated FCC rule known as the “Fairness” Doctrine, as well as backdoor “Fairness” Doctrine-type FCC regulatory powers such as enforcement of “localism,” “diversity in media ownership” and service of the “local” or “public interest.” This also includes any attempt to regulate content of the internet or any other journalistic outlet. Additionally, I am joining with other American citizens who want their individual free speech rights defended and protected from government intrusion! Our great nation was built upon free and open discourse, and to remain a great nation this ideal must be protected and preserved at all costs. The FCC cannot use regulations like “localism” and “media diversity” to silence the conservative and Christian talk radio hosts we love and count on every day. I am aware that FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says he believes the federal government in Washington, D.C. has a role in deciding what my "local interests" are in my town on my local talk radio station and wants to not renew their licenses based on what they think I need to hear. When did I give that right to them?? I am a citizen and I also am entitled to all the rights outlined in the Bill of Rights, whether the FCC agrees with my choices or not. That is the foundation of our country. Liberals and bureaucrats in Washington also seek to impose “media diversity” regulations which is just bureaucrat-speak for forcing some station owners out and allowing their hand-picked cronies in. Copps has said that given the new political climate, "we have a tremendous opportunity going forward to reinvigorate our media, to ensure that the public airwaves truly deliver the kind of news and information that we need to sustain our democratic dialogue and to reflect the great diversity of our country." So now the Left is looking into regulating speech on the internet and even in print journalism. An FCC Notice of Inquiry entitled “The State of Media Journalism” examines traditional broadcast media as well as the rise of “new” media such as blogs and Internet news and discusses ways to address issues such as the rise of media conglomerates and the prevalence of opinion journalism. These government intrusions on free speech must be stopped. I do not need you to regulate what I can and cannot listen to or read. I am an adult citizen of this great democracy and I can make my own choices. We will cease to be a free society if you insist on regulating the media and only allowing us to see/hear what you approve. This is not Russia. This is America. My family has served in every military branch for many, many generations to give us all the freedom included in the Bill of Rights. I did not abdicate my Rights to the FCC to allow them to make my media outlet choices. Conservatives, not just Liberals, are protected by the First Amendment . . . in the American I know and love, anyway.