Drudge tax ,Tired of these kooks yet?

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    In other words, government policy would encourage a tax on websites like the Drudge Report, a must-read source for the news links of the day, so that the agency can redistribute the funds collected to various newspapers. Such a tax would hit other news aggregators, such as Digg, Fark and Reddit, which not only gather links, but provide a forum for a lively and entertaining discussion of the issues raised by the stories. Fostering a robust public-policy debate, not saving a particular business model, should be the goal of journalism in the first place.

    The report also discusses the possibility of offering tax exemptions to news organizations, establishing an AmeriCorps for reporters and creating a national fund for local news organizations. The money for those benefits would come from a suite of new taxes.

    A 5 percent tax on consumer electronic devices such as iPads, Kindles and laptops that let consumers read the news could be used to encourage people to keep reading the dead-tree version of the news. Other taxes might be levied on the radio and television spectrum, advertising and cell phones.

    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

    EDITORIAL: FTC floats Drudge tax - Washington Times
     
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    I'm not tired yet. I find such fantasy the kooks comprising the Washingtoin Times editorial staff make up to be rather humorous.
     
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    Well, I did get a chuckle from the assertion that Drudge is "must-read" material!

    As for a proposed tax exempt status, I'm agin it! I'm against tax exempt status for churches and all social service organizations as well. Why? Because everybody has their own ax to grind and I don't want to support any of their endeavors with my tax dollars. I'm free to give what and to whom I choose...as it should be.

    As for the real issue here, the state of journalism today, only those old enough to remember news a few decades back have any idea of just how it has deteriorated into the same sound bites regurgitated each night by all mainstream media, delivered by air heads whose sole qualifications for the job are being photogenic and able to read on air. Last year, a poll revealed that the public found Jon Stewart (of Comedy Central's Daily Show) to be the most trust worthy TV journalist. Dang! Just what does it say about our culture that a half hour of chuckles gets the vote here? Well, I wrote about this a few months ago. I'll post it in the blog section of this forum.
     
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    Verifies what I have thought for years. The average American is an idiot. So the question now becomes has the news dumbed down Americans or has the news been dumbed down FOR Americans? I suspect the latter.
     
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    I'm certain it's the latter. I'm old enough to remember when newpapers and TV news tried to attract people with a higher than 6th grade reading level.
     
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    Not so fast, there, Bucko. Murrow challenged McCarthy only after McCarthy had exposed himself. This took years.

    Do you really think that Watergate would have ever come to light if the break in had been committed by Democrats? If you do, you may want to look for the similar stories written about the similar crime recently committed by the Obama Administraion. Plese let me know when the Attorney General has been indicted.

    Both were trying to influence and election, both were using government employees to do so, both broke laws to do so and only one will have been exposed and condemned by the MSM.
     
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    More evidence that conservatives are loons.

    Who said anything about McCarthy or Watergate? Maybe it's time to take your meds
     
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    Ive met people who can remember when yellow journalism was frowned upon , now its the standard.
     
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    Drudge writes stuff to read? I thought he was all about links?
     
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    We need about 40 years with a solid Dem minority, where there are maybe only 5 or 6 of them in Congress.
     

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