Heading up the effort is Robert McChesney, a self-professed neomarxist media scholar. He operates a think tank disingeniously called, Free Press. His goal however is the exact opposite. He wants a controlled press--controlled by him and his neo-marxiasts buddies. He has publicly stated, “Only government can implement policies and subsidies to provide an institutional framework for quality journalism,” and "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.”
His influence at the Federal Trade Commission is alarming. According to Mike Riggs, a recent report from the Federal Trade Commission entitled, “Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism.” sounds like it was written by McChesney, himself.
If you look at the 47-page discussion document that the FTC just released, many of those ideas were borrowed directly from McChesney or Free Press.This is the "nudge method" of takeover specifically aimed at destabilizing new media such as bloggers and aggregators. Nudge a little here, nudge a little there. It calls for charges on the use of links provided by such web sites as the Drudge Report, at the same time providing subsidies to news outlets that the government(Read:Obama)deem "worthy". Eventually, government is in control of what Americans read and view.
Those ideas, many of them culled from McChesney’s book The Death and Life of American Journalism (co-written with the Nation’s John Nichols), include:
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
Most alarming is the call for an Americorp of journalists, which again would be chosen and directed by the government and thus directing youth to a rigid view of journalism as seen through the eyes of Big Brother (with fellowship money of course)
The FTC is in the process of holding meetings to push this program through. That such hearings are even being held in the United States of America should come as a shock to any American who believes in freedom of the press and a press that is not influenced by government programs, agencies, taxes and subsidies.