Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: FTC floats Drudge tax
Posted on 06/04/2010 6:31:38 PM PDT by Nachum
Journalism can reinvent itself without government 'help'
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism, and that's a cause for concern. According to a May 28 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. The bureaucracy sees it as a problem that the Internet has introduced a wealth of information options to consumers, forcing media companies to adapt and experiment to meet changing market needs. FTC's policy staff fears this new reality.
"There are reasons for concern that experimentation may not produce a robust and sustainable business model for commercial journalism," the report states. With no faith that the market will work things out for the better, government thinks it must come to the rescue.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Oh, and this just might affect sites like Free Republic and Nachumlist too...
They should only tax Democratic Underground, since those people love taxes so much...LOL!!
These people fear Liberty above everything else.
Where do these evil little bureaucratic trolls come from? How can they be sent back there?
They can't sleep at night, because somebody, somewhere is having a good time...
“Oh we only spew bilge cuz that’s what the MARKET wants..!”
Oh sure, they love the free-market of ideas, huh....? sure they do, right up to the point where the market doesn’t want THEM.
This whole think is a NOMENKLATURA system.
“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; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
I don’t think there would be freedom of the press because you know they’d be working for the government and not the taxpayers.
Automobile production to be strictly limited in order to save jobs.
Constitution, schmonstitution?! Who needs it?!/sarc
But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasnt that radical. It didnt break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties.” Candidate Obama, 2001 interview
I am afraid they care not one iota about the constitutionality of anything they do :(
Where is the Supreme Court?
Freedom of the Press?
“They should only tax Democratic Underground, since those people love taxes so much...LOL!!”
I have the same thought for quite a while. Those who vote in higher takes should be the ones to only pay them. And those who vote them in can be the only ones who benefit from them. I wonder if there is a workable solution in this day and age? I wonder how Dem-bulbs would react to the idea?
Apparently, there's nothing the fedgov can't do.
Waiting for someone with standing to bring it to them?
Sometimes I wonder if we still have a free Country. I know the King Obama and his corrupt communists are killing the Country, but how long do we put up with this before the real Americans kick as@. First we must destroy the Democratic Party once and for all.
Who’s John Gault?
The definition of the word “regulate” has changed. It used to mean: To make regular.
Trade was to be regulated, or made regular, so that it was reliable.
Obama is intentional. And yes, violence/unrest would be the necessary outcome of his agenda to destroy/plunder the U.S. and spread chaos throughout the earth.
I’m afraid they don’t either and that scares me. It is the Constitution that makes the country.
“They’re insane. “
I have often thot that the control of the internet and air waves will spell the end of freedom and liberty in this country. Tho the mainstream media is nothing more than a
mouthpiece for this administration, I am very concerned about direct control of the media—or should I say PRAVDA?!!
They’re going to get one, too!
Can I get one of those in bumper sticker size?
The others are working out fine.
The first statement is correct, the second statement isn't.
Methinks they (this admin.) want a CWII. The only problem with their wants, is that we have the training, armament, logistics, etc., and their sycophants don't.
I hope the liberals/socialists/democRATs reading this statement understand, if CWII happens, they (and their friends, families, etc.), will not survive.
I'm sorry, it will have to be that way...
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And 8-track tape industry!
Ask Thomas Jefferson.
“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.”
No doubt in my mind that they believe there is no risk in doing many of these things only because they have no fear of there ever being Republican control again. They know something we don’t know. just sayin.
Freedom of the press presumes ownership of a press.
The Internet has made owning an extremely powerful press very cheap, which concerns those whose power is based on presses being rare and expensive.
The 2nd-to-the-last nail was healthcare. That’s deciding who lives or dies.
The final nail is information......the media and the internet.
Yeah but most of them do not work, live on their parents expense, or live on welfare. It is always easy for someone to ask for more taxes when someone does not pay taxes.
Liberty will always win.
They are looking for a big fat law suit!
“Though the mainstream media are nothing more than a
mouthpiece for this administration”
They have been nothing more than a mouthpiece for the left for decades.
Even in FDR’s time, they wore out set after set of kneepads.
Since the early 1980s, I have held that the media are some of the Constitution’s most dangerous enemies. Naturally, Chairman Maobama wants to keep them alive, and is willing to spend any amount of your money to do it.
Yeah, let 'em try, and we'll swell tenfold overnight.
(i.e., BRING IT!!)
I got to get a copy one of these days.
“The Internet has made owning an extremely powerful press very cheap, which concerns those whose power is based on presses being rare and expensive.”
Very well said, indeed.
1st Amendment = Separation of Press and State
A character in a book by Ayn Rand -- and it's spelled Galt.
Or, were you being facetious?
What you are describing is distribution of content. That is what they want to control, the distribution. It doesn't matter what someone says if no one hears it. It is very similar to Joe Stalin's comment that it doesn't matter who votes, it only matters who counts the votes.
There are reasons for concern that experimentation may not produce a robust and sustainable business model for commercial journalism," the report states. With no faith that the market will work things out for the better, government thinks it must come to the rescue.
There is no better example of the Leftist Elite's attitude. They don't understand the market and they don't trust the individual. They trust a few coordinated bureaucrats, as long as it is their bureaucrats, more than they trust the uncoordinated decisions of millions of individuals.
R. Buckminster Fuller said that free enterprise has the unique ability to transform the selfish desires of the individual into a good for the whole. Don't know who R. Buckminster Fuller is? Look it up. You will be impressed!