Oh Frak No

Obama plans on reinventing the media. How?

Would you believe: major changes to the copyright law, including government licensing provisions; government pilot programs to investigate potential new media business models, antitrust changes to allow media companies to unite on imposing online pay walls, establish a journalism division of AmeriCorps with government underwriting the training of young journalists, tax incentives per news employee, increased funding of public broadcasting, a 5% tax on consumer electronics and/or assessments on users of public airwaves.

Another idea would be to allow taxpayers to direct a portion of their taxes — perhaps up to $200 — to a specific media institution as payment for media services rendered. (Now, if taxpayers could direct such sums to individual bloggers…. )

If you don’t have bells going off in your head, than I suggest you are a useful idiot. Mark Tapscott is no idiot.

Those in the administration who clearly view independent journalism as an obstacle to “change we can believe in” and their numerous allies in the old media, non-profit, and academic communities who either share a similar ideological vision or see the FTC process as their salvation against the Internet, will no doubt dismiss my assertions as extemism or alarmism.
Fine, call me whatever, but what they cannot deny is what is clearly written in the FTC document and what it reveals about the intention behind the initiative, which is to transform the news industry from an information product collected by private individuals and entrepreneurs as a service to private buyers, to a government-regulated public utility providing a “public good,” as defined and regulated by government.

The working document is here.

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2 Comments on “Oh Frak No”


  1. Printed it off. I’m about half way through. So far, it reads like a totalitarian’s wet freaking dream.

  2. Car in Says:

    It’s horrible. Just horrible.

    Honestly, I don’t know WTF these people are thinking. They continually cry that they’re not socialists (or fascists) … but all their ideas ARE.


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