From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Under no circumstances must the FTC involve itself in this issue. Just as it was utter incompetence on the part of Congress to issue "bailouts" for companies like GM that are supposedly "too big to fail," it is unconstitutional--read that word VERY slowly, in case it was missed the first time--UNCONSTITUTIONAL for any bureau of the federal government to intervene in the private sector except in time of war or under national crisis. A recession is NOT a national crisis, and we really aren't feeling locally the pinch of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (of course, the families of the soldiers would differ, but I'm speaking in a more general sense). The FTC has NO jurisdiction or authority to limit one sector of the PRIVATE media domain or to unfairly prop up another. It is unAmerican for the government to step in and prop up an enterprise that the purchasers (the American people) have already demonstrated that THEY DO NOT WANT. I know the current administration apparently doesn't have the neural electrical activity to comprehend this, but we really don't want a socialist state. (We plan to rectify that in November, and again in 2012.) My recommendation to the FTC is to find the nearest trash dumpster and dispose of all the tree product that has been wasted on this unconstitutional consideration and, inasmuch as the environmentalists will let you, pretend this fiasco never happened. It would be the singular intelligent thing to do.