From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-04536

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Gerald Eberwein
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
What is so hard to understand in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, regarding fooling around with free speech? What gives the Federal Trade Commission the authority to use subterfuge to freeze out opinions that differ from the administration? What gives the FTC the capability to recommend financial aid to those news media that are failing? Your answer will be that they need the aid because their readership or their viewers are declining. Look at why these things are happening. It's because the public doesn't like what they see and hear. Thus, they seek a media outlet that is closer to what they believe the news should be. The media should not be the spokesman for the administration; rather it should be the way the politicians get the views of the people. But, today they are failing in that responsibility; thus, they are failing in their business. Let it happen. It is not the job of the government to own newspapers or broadcast networks. To do so would create a direct competitor to the free press. A bailout will have the same effect; it's a de-facto bribe from the government, to the media, to report what they are supplied and suppress anything which opposes the government view. I realize that the FTC is "required" to uphold the administration line and do their bidding. But, to violate the Constitution while doing it is extremely dangerous. Be careful how you act in matters that tread upon the Constitution for, like the snake on the Gadsden flag in days of yore, it will rise up and bite you. It is best to remember what caused the incident in Boston Harbor; and the actions thereafter; and, the profound results at Yorktowne a few years later. The path that some are embarked upon is approaching the same trigger points that caused that fateful rifle shot in Concord MA; and there will be a revolt. Oh, not guns nor cannons. But this time, with pen and ballot. Don't let yourselves be drawn into being the soldiers that cause the final event that leads to a ballot revolt of gigantic magnitude. Think every suggestion through and see if there are any snakes lying in wait to strike. And, then be sure to back off; back, so your stern isn't a pleasing target to the snake.