The lurch toward government media

Most people who were adults before the fall of the Soviet Union remember the newspaper Pravda, the mouthpiece and propaganda arm of the Soviet government. While there were other news outlets in the Soviet Union, they were all tightly controlled by the government. This is the polar opposite of the American tradition of a free press, outside of government control.

We now have a regime that desires to “reinvent” journalism by putting it under the control of government. This is being touted as an effort to “save” it – much like Chrysler, GM, big banks, and AIG were “saved.” According to this article (from DC Caller), the man who is trying to shape the regime’s takeover of journalism is an admitted “neomarxist” with grand designs to reshape the business.

“Only government can implement policies and subsidies to provide an institutional framework for quality journalism.” Does that statement give you chills?

How about this one: “The news is not a commercial product. It is a public good, necessary for a self-governing society. Once we accept this, we can talk about the kind of media policies and subsidies we want.”

Or this one? “In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick-by-brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.”

These are the sentiments of Robert McChesney, a self-professed neomarxist media scholar and the founder of the lobbying group and think tank Free Press. McChesney’s statements should worry you, perhaps even fill you with dread. Not because the rantings of a lefty professor are particularly scary in and of themselves, but because McChesney’s views are having a direct effect on the Obama administration’s policies on the media. Don’t believe it? Check out a recent report from the Federal Trade Commission entitled, “Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism.” Portions sounds like they were written by McChesney himself.

Wonderful. A marxist academic. Another “thinker” – as opposed to a doer. Maybe he’s angling for a job as our dear leader’s Propaganda Minister. Here are some of McChesney’s proposals that are included in the FTC report:

  • The establishment of a “‘journalism’ division of AmeriCorps” to “ensure that young people who love journalism will stay in the field”
  • Providing “a tax credit to news organizations for every journalist they employ”
  • “Establishing citizenship news vouchers”
  • “Increasing postal subsidies for newspapers and periodicals”
  • A tax on news aggregators, or even a policy to make news aggregation sites, like the Drudge Report, illegal
  • The allocation of roughly $35 billion in public news subsidies
  • A five percent tax on consumer electronics
  • A ISP cell phone tax
  • A revision of the tax code to allow for more nonprofit media

More government control with more taxes to pay for it. Sounds like a winning plan to me.

Can someone tell me what f**king planet these people are from?


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