Saturday, June 5, 2010

FTC Wants to Tax Computers To Support Failed Newspapers

Is this another bailout? Is the Obama Administration legislating again? Somebody stop this!
A 47-page document that outlines a major government push to rescue the country's flailing media platforms -- specifically newspapers, which have seen advertising revenues drop roughly 45 percent since 2000.

Among the numerous proposals mentioned in the document are:

-- the creation of a "journalism" division of AmeriCorps, the federal program that places 75,000 people with local and national nonprofit groups annually;

-- tax credits to news organizations for every journalist employed;


-- establishing citizenship news vouchers, which "would allow every American tax payer to allocate some amount of government funds to the non-profit media organization" of their choice;

-- increased funding for public radio and television;

-- providing grants to universities to conduct investigative journalism;

-- increased postal subsidies for newspapers and periodicals;

-- a 5 percent tax on consumer electronics, which would generate roughly $4 billion annually, to pay for increased public funding.

But some critics are voicing concerns about the draft document, saying that if the government has any influence over the Fourth Estate, it could lead to a dizzying web of conflicting interests and the eradication of independent journalism.
More here.

30 comments:

Fuzzy Slippers said...

This is unreal! What is wrong with people? Who thinks it's a good idea for the government to essentially take over journalism? Oh, right! Dictators and tyrants. Silly me.

Someone, I forget who, said on Fox last night that bailing out journalism is like bailing out the manufacturers of VHS tapes--exactly right. Journalism is not dying, it's simply shifting to another format and media. Frankly, a right-wing print paper would probably do very well; the liberal loons went so far left that they lost their audience, people aren't stupid and don't like to be lied to and condescended to. They should be allowed, even encouraged, to fail. Maybe REAL journalists will pick up the slack and start printing fair, thoughtful, watchdog rather than lapdog coverage of government. Government sure isn't going to do that, and no amount of tax payer bailout will save it. Look at the Post Office, another dinosaur that is just sucking up money and providing no real service (that isn't done better by the private sector) except first-class mail, but who even uses that unless they have to?

Sorry, Opus, long rant! :)

Trestin Meacham said...

They are persistent. They tried the fairness doctrine, it was stopped. The tried heavy FCC regulation, we slowed it. Now this. Marxism and freedom of the press can not co-exist in the long term, they know this.

The Conservative Lady said...

If it weren't for the "so-called" journalists in this country, Obama would not be president. The Left already owns them and it's to their benefit to bail them out and control them. The progressives have it all figured out.

Amusing Bunni said...

Wow, Opie, these marxists will stop at nothing.
They want to prop up their regime with a state run media. He must be getting desperate.
This better not happen.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Can anyone say "Provda"? The left (the smartest people in the world - just ask them) still don't have a clue about free enterprise. If you cater a business to a targeted audience, your business will only attract that audience. If they were to keep their reporting politically neutral, they just might double their readership.

This "forth branch of government" started failing the American people many decades ago. I hope the right can stop this. If you look at PBS, you'll see a network that is beholden to the left and their money via the government.

Let the papers speak to all of us or die !

LL said...

So much for the notion of a free press.

No, I'm not so simple as to presume that the state-run media is "free" or "unbiased". hahaha

However, this would make every newspaper legally a state run newspaper.

Has anyone asked themselves WHY the mainstream media is losing credibility? WHY people no longer rely on newspapers or puppet news stations like MSNBC to hear what's going on?

The regime is losing power to spite their efforts to the contrary as barack hussein obama's poll numbers slide even lower than George W. Bush's. Maybe this is how they can prop it up!!

Z said...

I saw your title and thought "WHAT? because TRUTH is getting out with computers, he needs to tax computers to support the lying sycophantic newspapers?" perfect :-(

fuzzys dad said...

Any thing to shut down the internet.

Ramblings From a Young American said...

Of all the problems confronting America today, one would be hard pressed to justify exactly how a lack of information is one of them.

Kristin said...

This will make our current system official...the Left owns the media.

If the "journalists" would actually do their job instead of spewing left-wing drivel, there is a good chance they wouldn't be losing money. I, for one, am not going to pay for a paper full of lies.

And BO, does nobody with an income under 250k buy electronics? Tsk, tsk, looks like you're lying to us again.

Chris W said...

The media beholden to the government for financial support, what could possibly go wrong?

Opus #6 said...

Fuzzy, I appreciate all of your rants. More, more!

Opus #6 said...

Trestin, I think we can stop this, too. We need to shine the bright light of scrutiny on them.

Opus #6 said...

TCL, the progressives will lose BIG TIME in November. We are coming.

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, I hope it does not happen.

Opus #6 said...

Odie, Obama laughs and says people call him a Marxist. Well, if it walks like a marxist and talks like a marxist....

Opus #6 said...

LL, it would put truth to the term State Run Media. And goodbye to any notion of free press. That would be dangerous to America.

Opus #6 said...

Z, yep, he gets to stick it to all of us while he's at it. A cunning master plan.

The_Kid said...

We need to start calling it Democrat Run Media, because the Repubs will be in the White House again, and we don't want folks getting confused.

I see they wat tax payers to foot the bill for failed pensions of non-government union controlled businesses.

This is an all out war.

Bastiatarian said...

One more step toward going Galt.

If I don't make it, they can't take it from me.

Starve Leviathan.

Opus #6 said...

Kid, they have been using our tax money for partisan purposes for 1.5 years now. It is infuriating, as well as illegal.

Opus #6 said...

Bast, whatever works.

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Fuzzy Slippers said...

Opus, they have been using our tax money for partisan purposes, illegally. I want to know why this is not being investigated and prosecuted. They've got NPR and the National Endowment for the Arts creating propaganda for a start, that's illegal. Government should not, under any circumstances, be financing political machines (on either side of the aisle, for that matter) like ACORN and its little nuts that are forming and SEIU, etc. It's absolutely disgraceful that one dime of our money is spent on destroying our nation.

Bastiatarian said...

>whatever works.

I probably would have already gone Galt, but my wife and kids keep saying that they want a place to live, clothes to wear, and food to eat, so I have to stay employed.

What a bunch of whiners! :)

Just a conservative girl said...

The one good thing is that I heard quite a few liberals say that they disagree with this. So I do think it will be stopped.

It needs to be stopped, we will lose our first amendment rights if this happens. If newspapers become under the government control, America will never be the same.

BO's OilSpillBlog said...

That's just a ruse. The tax is really to pay for BO's get away spaceship he'll need when the world comes to arrest him for failing to plug my damn hole.

Teresa said...

This is an agenda to hide the truth. No more dang bailouts! If newspapers can't hack it because of their ultra-biased reporting, and they go out of business, so be it. This goes back to the Left being a bunch of irresponsible hacks. Allowing the newspaper companies to fail would go against their philosophy. No more dang taxes! Tax revolt!

The Professional Family Manager said...

Even if this happens (let's hope we can stop this one), "saving" the newspapers won't force anyone to read them, or treat them as their primary news source. Taxing computers and phones will enrage people...and drive them more quickly to "alternative" outlets. (And those "alternative" outlets are quickly becoming our norm now.)

It's going to take more than just bailing out the newspapers; the leftist liberals are going to have to shut down the alternative venues. Of course, they'd love to do that, too. I suspect taxation is only step two towards media control. (Step one has already happened, with the media being so in the Obama camp.)

They Say/We Say said...

This is a diversion-Taxes are on the way-to the U.N., World Health Organization will be Taxing the Internet!

Read this Billion Dollar Internet Tax!

This must be the stepping stone.