From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Freedom of speech is one of the most fundamental rights enjoyed by Americans. Independent journalists fill a key role in protecting this right. Govenments are by definition, political organizations and therefore by definition a Government sponsored journalist can not be independent. All Americans (Republican, Democrat, Independent, Liberal, Conservative) should opose any attempt by the Government to "sponsor" journalists. Government sponsored journalisim should be called what it really is, a platform for propaganda. The car replaced the horse, so why should there be any reason to sponsor buggy whip makers. Just as the town crier was replaced by the print media, the print media will be replaced by the electronic media. Why should any money, especially taxpayer money, be spent to sponsor the print media?