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    Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Democratic lawmaker predicted on Wednesday that the government will be involved in shaping the future for struggling U.S. media organizations.

    House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, saying quality journalism was essential to U.S. democracy, said eventually government would have to help resolve the problems caused by a failing business model.

    Waxman, other U.S. lawmakers and regulators are looking into various options to help a newspaper industry hurt by the shift in advertising revenues to online platforms.

    Tweaks to the tax code to allow newspapers to spread losses over a greater number of years, providing a nonprofit structure to allow for public and foundation funding, and changes to antitrust laws are being considered by lawmakers and policymakers.

    "Eventually government is going to have to be responsible to help and resolve these issues," Waxman told a conference hosted by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on the future of journalism.

    Free Press, a public interest group, said the search for solutions to the crisis in journalism should be premised on the idea that news-gathering is a public service, not a commodity.

    Waxman's "indication that government has a role to play is both bold and soberly sensible," said Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott on the sidelines of the FTC conference.

    At the Federal Communications Commission, officials are embarking on a quadrennial review of the state of U.S. media. The study, which is mandated by Congress, seeks to determine whether current rules should be changed to allow for a more vibrant media industry serving a diverse audience.
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    Re: Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

    Uhm... no commentary?

    Do people not see the utter danger implicit in the above suggestions?
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    Re: Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

    I do see it. But the government already shapes the media to a great extent. What do you think the FCC is for?

    What I really think is that they should realize that with the reality of the internet nothing is or will ever be the same anymore in terms of what information the public has access to. They can't control it. They might as well try to work with it and not try to revive an industry that is already dead. Does anyone even buy newspapers or magazines anymore? The other day I was at JFK and almost bought a copy of Time magazine because there was an article on parenting that looked interesting in it, but then I thought "Why should I buy this? I'll just go online and read it there." And that exactly what I did.
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    Re: Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post

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    Tweaks to the tax code to allow newspapers to spread losses over a greater number of years, providing a nonprofit structure to allow for public and foundation funding, and changes to antitrust laws are being considered by lawmakers and policymakers.
    Maybe if you took the time to read your articles, perhaps you wouldn't blurt out insane comments?

    The government shaped modern charities the same way.
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    Re: Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Uhm... no commentary?

    Do people not see the utter danger implicit in the above suggestions?
    More corporate welfare. Nothing new.

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    Re: Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Maybe if you took the time to read your articles, perhaps you wouldn't blurt out insane comments?

    The government shaped modern charities the same way.
    Maybe if you weren't such a liberal koolaid drinker, you'd see how Obama is diffferent from the rest. You didn't see these articles when Bush and Clinton were in office. The mouthfoamers that eat up this **** from the Obama administration will doom this nation.
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    Re: Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

    The problem is there are "some" american elites of a "particular political persuasion" that do want to "shape" elements of the media they feel isn't always fair to their political outlook.
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    Re: Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Maybe if you took the time to read your articles, perhaps you wouldn't blurt out insane comments?

    The government shaped modern charities the same way.
    Are newspapers charities??

    Newspapers are a dinosaur media and their slow death is their own fault. But I'm sure that Dems in congress would love to "save" media from itself the same way they "saved" GM and Chrysler.... by putting only "approved" people in charge of the business and appointing czars to oversee operations.

    Is that your idea of a free press???

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    Re: Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

    This alone scares the **** out of me.


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    Re: Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman

    The media in this country used to be the 4th estate and worked to help the people stay informed and to keep Government in line with the Constitution. Today most media have become part of a 5th column that is out to oveturn the Constitution as we have known it.

    Socialist/Communist agendas must control ALL not part of media to smash any opposition to insure that propaganda is unimpeded and unopposed.

    Howard dean says we will have Both Socialism and Capitalism and the only question is what is the balance of the two.

    DNC's Howard Dean Declares: "Instead Of Capitalism OR Socialism, We're Going To HaveBoth" - Home - The Daily Bail

    Any true American who is not in favor od the destruction of our Nation knoews these two constructs are incomparable in the long run and the Nation will fail as all who have come before that followed the path of Socialism/Communism have done.

    Control to the Extreme Leftists means the must silence any and all opposition. In other words free speech must end. This will lead to, I am sorry to say a Revolution that will not be pretty or nice to see if "WE THE PEOPLE" do not stop the Socialist/ Communist agenda before it moves any closer to our down fall as a Nation.

    History has shown us that end free speech is only one step on the road to tyranny and a dictatorship, and they never succeed with death and destruction. To deny this history is to lie to yourself and invite disaster upon your children's, children and yourself.

    If you can't see that the Socialism/Communism that was being denied just a few short weeks ago in now being exposed and even bragged about you damn fool, and doomed along with the rest of us to suffer what is to come if you don't stop acting like by God idiots and start acting like Patriotic Americans.

    Socialism/Communism lowers everyone's standard of living except for those at the top until the system fails because all incentive to work hard and to more and better is removed when all the advantages are removed through taxes.
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