Thanks to Coyote Blog’s Creating the American Provda for bringing this most chilling document to my attention. Here’s the FTC’s “Staff Discussion Draft” .PDF POTENTIAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO SUPPORT THE REINVENTION OF JOURNALISM
A new Federal Trade Commission document describes ways for government to tax, support and control journalism and consumers thereof. It is written in a bland bureaucratic style, suggesting that others “have suggested …” so-and-so. But read between the lines. No matter what this says, the U.S. Government in general and FTC in particular have no business whatsoever interfering with the practice of journalism.
Authoritarian governments always try to control information, whether by nationalizing the news media, controlling its distribution mediums, or like the government of Mexico, by monopolizing the the production and sales of newsprint paper. This FTC project is nothing but evil.
Please read this document. Then express your opinion by going to: http://public.commentworks.com/ftc/newsmediaworkshop. It might do some good to tell the bureaucrats that their project is unconstitutional and not appreciated.