From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-05080

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Peter Salmon
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
To the FTC, The Constitution and the "soon thereafter ratified" Bill of Rights are timeless, crucially applicable documents. To believe they no longer apply today represents a self serving arrogance that diametrically opposes the freedoms our REPUBLIC form of government was to provide and that our Founding Fathers and their contemporaries fought with their lives to obtain. As you know, the 1st Amendment guarantees the freedoms of religion, speech, the press, assembly, and petition. While I may not like all opinions stated, to infringe upon this amendment runs counter to the core of why the US is a free, again Republic... or is supposed to be. The "Fairness Doctrine" title is the result of marketing by a particular interest group. Attempts to prevent assembly and communications from non-terrorist / non-Anti American organizations is flat wrong and violates our core to serve again self interest. Relative to religion, God is everywhere in our nations capital... etch in stone at all of our key monuments, buildings and structures. As was stated by George Washington in his Farewell Address, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports." Further, by Thomas Jefferson, "...interests of society require the observation of those moral which all religions agree." Without religion / moral precepts, the compass heading is gone left to man's meandering intentions. Man's not capable of leading alone as a country should be led. Eliminate the Fairness doctrine. Despite the perfume on the pig, it is still a pig.