Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Friday, June 11, 2010

85% Oppose FCC's "Reinventing Journalism" Bailout of MSM

In a recent Rasmussen Reports poll exploring the support of the FCC's effort to bailout the mainstream media, 85% of those polled opposed such a move by the government.
85% of Adults believe that maintaining freedom of the press is more important than supporting the newspaper industry. Only six percent (6%) put supporting the newspaper business first.

64% thought that any government intervention would be used to influence what was reported by journalist while 41% thought that this was a very likely out come. 
Sixty-nine percent (69%) think it is at least somewhat likely that a newspaper that receives government funding to hire journalists will avoid criticizing government officials and policies, with 45% who say it is Very Likely. Twenty-three percent (23%) say it’s not very or not at all likely that newspapers will avoid such criticism if they get government funding.
Furthermore, nearly 71% actively oppose any government bailout of the newspaper industry.  This is up from 65% a year ago.  Only a very small minority (14%) believe that a bailout of newspapers would be good for the country.

Personally, I think it's a horrendous idea.  Government intervention in journalism would lead to direct governmental control of the output of media.  Bureaucrats just couldn't help themselves.  If there was a story that was inimical to their agencies interests, do you think that it wouldn't spike a story?  Neither do I.

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