Monday, September 21, 2009

What Do You Think About This?

Obama open to newspaper bailout bill

The president said he is "happy to look at" bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.

"I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them," Obama told the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade in an interview.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced S. 673, the so-called "Newspaper Revitalization Act," that would give outlets tax deals if they were to restructure as 501(c)(3) corporations. That bill has so far attracted one cosponsor, Cardin's Maryland colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).


One of the reasons he cited for bailing out the news media is because of concern over the rising influence of the blogosphere:

"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,"

You can't make this up, he is concerned about "all opinions, with no serious fact checking and putting stories in context"...

So what do you think about this? Is there a concern with the federal government having control over the media by controlling it's tax-exempt status? Is this nothing more than a step towards state-run media? Is this Obama trying to control the message by supporting media friendly to him and working towards shutting down dissent on blogs?

11 comments:

Z said...

http://gollygeeez.blogspot.com/2009/09/oh-mr-obamayou-have-such-character-such.html

Okay, Chuck...now we're getting SPOOKY with the 'same blog idea' stuff....but I AM FLATTERED. You even caught the same exact gist from the info..........fight on, Chuck!

Chuck said...

Z, I went and checked, I didn't get to come by yesterday. That's funny.

cube said...

This is definitely a move towards a state run media because BO doesn't think the MSM are in his pocket enough. The daily tongue baths from the press just aren't enough, I guess.

I mean, here is a US president who gave an interview to a Mexican national @ Univision rather than talk to FOX.

Chuck said...

Cube, I agree on the Fox issue. I was thinking this morning that he's willing to talk to any anti-American dictator in the world but can't talk to Fox. Problem is as he found out with ABC yesterday, there may be fewer and fewer places to hide.

Z said...

Yup, UNIVISION instead of THE biggest Anglo audience in the country, huh? THAT makes sense.??

And has the media even explored that phenomenon? OF COURSE NOT.
And, of course, he's making another speech TODAY!! DOES THAT MAN EVER EVER WORK?

Z said...

SCRATCH THAT...better speaking than working...the working isn't FOR us, it's against us.

shoprat said...

It's what he wants but by the time it passes he will be in even deeper trouble.

If I ever decide to become a dictator I would consolidate and re-enforce my power first and then use it. By the grace of God this idiot got it backwards.

Chuck said...

Z, I'm torn on whether I want him to do any work. Almost seems better if he keeps talking.

Shoprat,good point

Miss T.C. Shore said...

This sounds like a lot of opinion with no serious fact checking and without putting the story into context. Shame on you.

MK said...

"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context....."

What nonsense, if the blogosphere was all pro-left and obama, he'd be quite happy with that, forget all that crap about fact-checking and all that.

"Is this Obama trying to control the message by supporting media friendly to him and working towards shutting down dissent on blogs?"

Off course it is, look at any leftist country on the planet and they all want to muzzle dissenting voices and control the flow of information.

Chuck said...

Miss TC, that's me - all of the opinions, none of the facts

MK, agreed, he would be real happy if we all wrote for Kos or HuffPo