From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
No one doubts journalism needs “reinvention.” Every industry does on a regular basis. But what is the FTC, and for that matter Congress and the FCC doing messing with journalism? Butting in where they don’t belong. If advertisers are moving ads to online sites and scaling back on ad buys, it is less a result of the recession than it is of a journalistic bias supporting an agenda that is not supported by the majority of people. Simply put -- people don't like what the printed media is saying, so they are voting with their feet and not buying the papers. And if news organizations are struggling with large debts they took on during better times, it is a result of their own business practices and undeserving of another government bailout. You don't reward failure. This is the heart of what they are trying to mess with -- our Constitution: “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.” The FTC has no right to mess with press freedom. This means no government money of any kind to support any form of journalism.