From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Neither the FTC nor any government agency -- including the Congress -- should interfere in any way with the "business" of journalism. The Fourth Estate will survive based on evolving business models and the demand of the marketplace. In no case shall the government, directly or indirectly, pay journalist do work at their craft/trade. If they are good and if they are honest in their reporting they will find outlets that pay them according to their value.