Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Saving the Freedom of the Press from the chains of Advertising.

There's a discussion going on now about the freedom of the press, and preserving its constitutional guarantee, after years of seeing it disappear due to its lack of commercial affordability.

I haven't seen much of the debate so far, so this new FTC paper starts the dialogue, and in doing so has set the right wing interests hair on fire.

Ignore the white box and click on the link for the FTC document and details.

New FTC Staff Discussion

The following is a story from the ultra conservative Newsbusters web site manages to take every crackpot bill seriously as a personal affront, so what is written here may not reflect reality.

A Michigan lawmaker wants journalists to be licensed. "Senator Bruce Patterson is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers," reported FoxNews.com Friday.

"Patterson, who also practices constitutional law, says that the general public is being overwhelmed by an increasing number of media outlets

--traditional, online and citizen generated

--and an even greater amount misinformation."

--"Good moral character” and demonstrate they have industry “ethics standards acceptable to the board.”

--Possession of a degree in journalism or other degree
substantially equivalent.

--Not less than 3 years experience as a reporter or any other relevant background information.

--Awards or recognition related to being a reporter.

--Three or more writing samples.

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