From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The Bill of Rights is still the law of the land in this country, establishing freedoms for its citizens & placing clear limits on government. It clearly states that congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech or of the press. Just because the FTC is a bureaucracy, not the congress, does not exempt them from this restriction. The preposed regulations wouldn't just "help" a floundering media; eventually they would influence & even control it. We've seen it before. The media is floundering in large part because much of the population has no interest in their biased, slanted, one-sided news presentations. It's simply the law of free trade at work: If people don't like your product, they won't buy it & will go elsewhere for what they want. Now you want to burden these very same taxpayers to "bailout" a media that they don't trust & don't want. Consumers are already stretching their budgets to the limit. Unemployment is the highest it's been in over 90 years, & you want to spend billions of our dollars (that we don't have)to save an industry that the public is clearly fed up with, so that eventually it will become just another government controlled agency supported by our tax dollars annually. What planet do you live on? Do you honestly believe this is what Americans want & need? Bureaucratic regulations which restrict Americans' freedom of choice have no place in a free market society, & the proposed taxes will put some media forms beyond the budget of many poorer Americans. The American news media is not dying; merely changing to meet the law of supply & demand, & I resent the fact that any government agency is trying to restrict the natural flow of trade which is exactly what these new regulations will do! I doubly resent these particular proposals because you are asking me, the taxpayer, to fund a media I do not want, by taxing me for using a form of media I do want. Every successful business owner knows that you must give the consumer what they want, or you will go down in flames. Why should the taxpayers choose to bailout the media industry, who at least in part, brought about their own demise? Why tax an already over-burden public to provide them a service they clearly don't want? This is clearly a purely political move & a very bad idea which will hurt American families & perpetually restrict their freedoms. Please don't do this.