From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-04433

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Jeanne Helfrich
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
You should know this already, but just to reiterate the first amendment of the hallowed Constitution of the United States of America: "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; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Please stop trying to infringe upon my right to hear, or ignore, the views expressed by whichever television program, radio broadcast, newspaper article, or internet blog that I choose. And please stop trying to infringe upon the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Everyone, including journalists, have the right to speak their views-to their success, or to their failure. This is not an area that needs any governmental intervention. Taxpayers have no business funding journalism, unless they wish to make donations to the entities of their choice. Bailouts, no matter whom they benefit, are a bad idea. If a business is failing, then they need to change some aspect of their practice. We all have the right to be successful, or to be failures, in this country. We learn from our mistakes and if the government is going to prop up businesses, or industries, then the business owners will never learn these lessons-thereby they will be doomed to repeat them. Thank you