Release of the Federal Trade Commission's working paper on "reinventing journalism" makes it clear that there is no more time for diplomacy about this issue: President Obama is determined to federalize the news industry just as he has banking, autos, and health care.Where's the ACLU going to come down on this?
Monday, May 31, 2010
Press freedoms belong to all Americans, not merely those who work for established news organizations, whatever the heck that means. Thomas Paine wasn't a newsman, he was a man with an idea who published a pamphlet. Under rules being presented by the Federal Trade Commission, Paine wouldn't have "freedom of the press":