From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-04784

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Pauline Richards
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
NO NEW TAXES! I'm Taxed Enough Already! The “Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism,” is a bureaucratic plan to insinuate government into the information that forms the basis for democracy. Obama already said in one of his speeches that we have too much information. It is another government handout. Coming on the heels of the government’s new $350-billion national broadband plan, this shows an extensive attempt by the Obama administration to seize control of the press. This is an attack on our Constitution. Journalism may need “reinvention,” but what is the FTC, Congress, the FCC and more doing messing with journalism? Butting in where they don’t belong. I can't afford and do not want to pay for it. 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.” Many journalists are desperate for funding and for a career future. Their industry is facing hard times and that’s what they care about. So a coalition of hard-left groups, some respected journalists like The Washington Post’s Vice President Len Downie, and a horde of Big Government types are trying to make you bail out journalism and fund a new, openly leftwing replacement. They are just looking for another government handout. This is wrong. It's bad enough that I have to pay for PBS and NPR, now you want me to pay for the press! AND, It’s not just the press. It’s groups like the George Soros-funded Free Press, founded by Robert McChesney, a strident lefty. McChesney, who once edited an “independent socialist magazine,” now wants to socialize American news media. The FTC report is filled with their “reasoning” and illogic implying that postal subsidies from early America amount to a justification for full support of left-wing media by our government. Earlier this year, the authors appeared on PBS calling for a $30-billion annually to fund the “public good” of journalism. I can't afford and don't want to pay for it. McChesney is a guy who has defended Venezuela’s nutball dictator Hugo Chavez and his attacks on that nation’s media. Anything coming out of the Obama administration is also automatically about taxes. This working paper mentions some form of the word “tax” 95 times in 47 pages. If government wants to make the media dependent on it for cash, it has to tax us to do so. I can't afford and do not want more taxes. NO NEW TAXES! The paper listed five new taxes to pay for a “Citizenship Media Fund.” Those include a $4 billion tax on consumer electronics like your TV or iPod; a $5-6 billion advertising tax; and a tax on both ISP and cell phone bills. It also listed a host of other possible solutions for the problems that impact journalism – everything but the free market. That concept is foreign to the same administration that seized control of Wall Street, Detroit and our health care system. At the same time, the National Hispanic Media Coalition whined to the FCC about “‘hate speech’ on talk radio and cable broadcast networks,” according to The Hill. The coalition, which includes a variety of lefty groups such as Common Cause and La Raza, wants the FCC to shut down speech it doesn’t like on cable and talk radio. What has happened to free speech? If you still decide to do this, half of the allocated dollars must go to conservative "fair and balanced" journalism.