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FTC floats Drudge tax

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posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 10:28 AM
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FTC floats Drudge tax


www.washingtontimes.com

The conflict of interest in having the government pay or contribute to a newsman's salary could not be more obvious. Reporters and columnists would have little incentive to offer critical analyses of tax increases that might mean a boost in the pocketbook. Once Congress has the power to fund the news, it can at any time attach "strings" designed to promote certain viewpoints - in the name of fairness, of course. Each year at budget time, the Fourth Estate would scramble to be worthy in the eyes of Capitol Hill for increased support. It is hardly a surprise that the heavily subsidized Nation
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posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 10:28 AM
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Here we go again.... The Government owns the Stock Market... The Government owns transportation.... The Government owns Healthcare.... And now the Government will have a strong hold on the media?!?! Some say that this Government has ALWAYS owned or influenced the media, but now it'll be in the history books....... COMPLETE GOVERNMENT TAKE OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

www.washingtontimes.com
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posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 10:29 AM
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The conflict of interest in having the government pay or contribute to a newsman's salary could not be more obvious. Reporters and columnists would have little incentive to offer critical analyses of tax increases that might mean a boost in the pocketbook. Once Congress has the power to fund the news, it can at any time attach "strings" designed to promote certain viewpoints - in the name of fairness, of course. Each year at budget time, the Fourth Estate would scramble to be worthy in the eyes of Capitol Hill for increased support. It is hardly a surprise that the heavily subsidized National Public Radio frequently presents issues in a way favorable to Washington's tax-and-spend agenda.

Self-respecting journalists must reject this tempting government bribe as the FTC brings its proposals to a round-table



posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 10:33 AM
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Seems to me that it would be unconstitutional, as it would violate both freedom of the press and equal protection. You might even be able to argue that its a bill of attainder, designed to punish points of view that the government does not approve of.



posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 10:37 AM
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Exactly my point... Now opposing media will be targeted for more taxation.. This just opens more doors for more corruption and incompetent government management.



posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 10:55 AM
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This is ridiculous, but at this point I'm getting tired of talking. The government takeover is complete, they are just making it public now. I'm getting tired of talking to people about stuff like this. Now maybe they will realize what I'm saying, but if you're not "awake" yet, you might as well just pull the plug, because you're probably in a coma.



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