From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
This proposal is supposed to protect the existence of JOURNALISM in the future. It does NOT do that. Instead it attempts to regulate what may be reported.But regulation of what may be reported and how it may be reported is precisely why newspaper and news magazine sales and profits have gone down. These regulations were imposed by the media owners and editors in chief. They imposed a requirement that gave support to political positions that were not in the main stream and discouraged any publicity that reported opposition to their chosen social and/or political agenda. Recent examples were the under reported numbers of attendee at the Taxed Enough Already assemblies which were also reported as "Angry" and "Violent" with the only evidence being reporters with an obvious agenda. Meeting areas of the T.E.A. partiers were cleaner when they left than when they arrived. The so-called Main Stream Media issued false reports and clearly had an agenda in mind. that agenda was in opposition to the desires of patriotic Americans. The result was a loss in subscriptions from all of us who did not wish to support an Obama Chicago orient political machne. The only question remaining is the orientation of the Federal Trade Commission. Is it also part of the Obama political machine? Or, is it the protector of the rights of all Americans to free and unfettered access to information that it should be? The problem is not with journalism. The problem is with honesty in the print media, it's missing. That and that alone is the reason for the declining revenues of print media. They can NOT be trusted to report truthfully.