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6/18/10

Obama Prepares Socialist Takeover Of News Media; Dines With Top Media Big-Shots

Obama Lunches With Progressive Pundits: Maddow, Robinson, Collins

Huffington Post- "President Obama met for lunch on Thursday with a group of predominantly progressive columnists to discuss a range of topics, chief among them the oil spill in the Gulf.

Attendees included Gail Collins of the New York Times, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and Gerald Seib, the Washington bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, all of whom were spotted leaving the West Wing at roughly 1:45 p.m."

Intelligence analysts say newspaper decline hurts foreign operations

Yahoo- "The long, slow decline of the newspaper business isn't just hurting reporters and people who like to have something to read on the subway: It's a potential threat to our national security.

That, at least, is the verdict delivered by Daniel Butler, an official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Kevin O'Connell, a former intelligence analyst for the State and Defense Departments. At a National Press Club panel devoted to open source intelligence

The FTC Confuses Newspapers With Journalism as it Seeks New Media Tax

The Foundry- "Now comes the latest Federal Trade Commission “discussion draft paper” suggesting that these advances must be hobbled, taxed and maybe even reversed–because they hurt the newspaper industry. Dead-tree media’s salvation, it seems, lies in hobbling social media and making search engines as user-unfriendly as possible.

Oh, and newspapers will need one more thing: government subsidies...

The silly proposals include these jewels:

* Establish a “journalism” division of AmeriCorps “to ensure that young people who love journalism will stay in the field.”
* Increase funding for PBS and NPR “to build and maintain strong newsrooms at the state and local levels.”
* Establish a National Fund for Local News, financed by current or new fees on “telecom users, television and radio broadcast licensees, or Internet service providers”–all to be administered through state Local News Fund Councils. (Ah, new local bureaucracies with taxing authority–what could possibly go wrong?)
* Give news organizations a tax credit for every journalist they employ. This could help pay their salaries."...
* Small Business Administration-insured loans for new nonprofit journalism organizations.
* Higher postal subsidies for newspapers and periodicals.
* A broadcast spectrum tax (call it the “Tax on Rush”) “which should result in a fund of between $3 and $6 billion.”
* A tax on consumer electronics (dubbed “the iPad Tax” by the New York Post) worth “approximately $4 billion annually.”
* A Spectrum auction tax, “with the proceeds going to the public-media fund.”
* Advertising taxes, including a 2 percent sales tax on ads that would generate “$5 to $6 billion annually.”
* An ISP-cell phone tax, which at “3 percent on the monthly fees would generate $6 billion annually.”"

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