Government-sponsored journalism and other bad ideas

Is there anything more baffling or contradictory than the idea of government-subsidized journalism?

This was just one of the ideas to crop up at the FTC’s nearly oxymoronic “government-sponsored journalism conference.” Journalism – unlike any other industry – has no reason for being once it is suckling on the Federal teat. If, as John Marshall said, “The power to tax is the power to destroy,” how much greater is the power to de-fund? Further, the press, which the general public already views as being in someone’s pocket (even if they are unsure whose), would lose whatever vestiges of credibility it still has.

From yet another of my blogs at EmediaVitals. Click for more…

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