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Fairness Doctrine in Our Future? June 7, 2010

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by Jacob Lawrence

The Federal Trade Commission ran a study of the government’s attempts to bailout or grab the media that they called “Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism.” The 47 page document ran from May 2009 to the present. Here is a list of some of the proposals:

– 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

I have been warning that a form of the Fairness Doctrine hidden in a media bailout is coming. This report seems to show our officials have been trying. If a media bailout is passed, obviously the government will grab some power in the process, along with countless pork barrel projects and back-room deals in exchange for votes.

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