Government Takeover of the Media

Washington Times: FTC floats Drudge tax

If it weren’t for the backlash at the government bailouts for the insurance, banking, and auto industries I’m certain that the Obama administration would have turned the spigot back on for the NYT and other ailing journalistic dinosaurs.  Since that’s not politically viable, our government is looking for other ways to save media, and all of them involve more government.

The ideas being batted around to save the industry share a common theme: They are designed to empower bureaucrats, not consumers. For instance, one proposal would, “Allow news organizations to agree jointly on a mechanism to require news aggregators and others to pay for the use of online content, perhaps through the use of copyright licenses.”

In other words, government policy would encourage a tax on websites like the Drudge Report, a must-read source for the news links of the day, so that the agency can redistribute the funds collected to various newspapers.

Of course no one likes new taxes, but that’s not nearly the worst of it.  It’s one thing for government to kind of throw money in the direction of mainstream media establishments, but it’s quite another for government to step in and start writing individual paychecks to journalists:

The report also discusses the possibility of offering tax exemptions to news organizations, establishing an AmeriCorps for reporters and creating a national fund for local news organizations.

Yeah, that’s what we need.  An army of government-employed journalists.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Katie Couric paid from public monies….. that scenario makes me want to eat a bullet.

  2. Gail B. says:

    The instructions say:

    “Tell us what you’re thinking…
    and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!”

    Robert, if I could find a gravatar that would pass the censorship of this site, I would go get it or take a picture of my hand! (Did that pass?)

    I am so leery of this regime! I got this from OneNewsNow:
    Gov’t = caretaker, parent = babysitter (That was the headline/link.)
    “The Senate is expected to take up the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

    I wrote my Senators about it. This nation is in serious trouble! I can hardly wait until November 2, so we can “Take Out the Trash!”

    What I do NOT understand is why the Justice Department will not hear any case against Obama! This is supposed to be a government of the people, for the people, and by the people; yet We the People as American citizens cannot get standing to present our complaints. If an American citizen doesn’t have standing, who the hell does?!

    What has happened to the lawsuits filed to contest the healthcare? I never saw anyone work so hard to bring a nation to its knees as Obama has done already. I’m no economic whiz, but my Lord!–my DOG has better fiscal sense and responsibility than the regime does! At least Buckshot doesn’t give his treats to Pelosi’s rats! (I’m still not over that one.)

    Thanks for letting me vent, Robert. Usually you are a breath of fresh air, but this piece (NOT YOU OR YOUR POINT OF VIEW) just made me sick!

  3. Gail B. says:

    Does the Federal Trade Commission have the authority (under our constitution) to levy taxes? Funny, my copy says that taxation is left up to Congress.

    Rasmussen Reports:

    “The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.”

  4. Vincent L. Diaz says:

    This proposal is a monstrosity that is only is blatantly unconstitutional but runs contrary to American history, custom, and tradition of a free press.

    It is my fervent hope that when sanity returns to our national government, (i.e. Republican take over of the Congress and the Presidency with Reagan Conservatives), that every single one of the “staff”, from the highest to the lowest, in the Federal Trade Commission responsible for this document is summarily dismissed from “any” government position, and prevented from re-appointment or assignment in the future.

  5. Vincent L. Diaz says:

    (edited and corrected from previous post)

    This proposal is a monstrosity that is not only is blatantly unconstitutional but runs contrary to all previous American history, custom, and tradition of a free and open press.

    It is my fervent hope that when sanity returns to our national government, (i.e. Republican take over of the Congress and the Presidency with Reagan Conservatives), that every single one of the “staff”, from the highest to the lowest, in the Federal Trade Commission responsible for this document is summarily dismissed from “any” government position, and prevented from re-appointment or assignment in the future.

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