Comments on: U.S. senator touts newspaper non-profit bill http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: jwgrantjr http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/#comment-388262 Thu, 12 May 2011 20:43:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15503#comment-388262 “Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment–the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution–not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion…

. . . It was early in the Seventeenth Century that Francis Bacon remarked on three recent inventions already transforming the world: the compass, gunpowder and the printing press. Now the links between the nations first forged by the compass have made us all citizens of the world, the hopes and threats of one becoming the hopes and threats of us all. In that one world’s efforts to live together, the evolution of gunpowder to its ultimate limit has warned mankind of the terrible consequences of failure.

And so it is to the printing press–to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news–that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.”

-John F. Kennedy
excerpt from ‘The President and the Press’

P.S. I am not political. I just think these words are very relevant to the issue of informing the public. I also have “complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.”

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By: keltor http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/#comment-357278 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 18:58:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15503#comment-357278 Someone earlier said it best, “Him what pays de piper call de tune.” This is straight out of the nazi propaganda book. The incumbant party makes the changes to allow a broken business model to stay in business; who do you think they are going to support? There is no way that this is unbiased is my concern. Who will be policing whether or not they are or are not supporting specific candidates and what is the penalty for non-compliance? Also, don’t employees of NFP’s not pay taxes on their income? Additionally, it will allow for “donations” that are tax deductable (well, semi-deductable after the obamunist is done) rather than investments. Since liberals don’t (on the whole) give money to charities, this will give them a perfect place to donate money. It’s truly disgusting.

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By: Mark John Hunter, Alpena http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/#comment-357008 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 20:26:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15503#comment-357008 This is a good idea, and I do not know why it takes a special law, since non profit newspapers already exist.

But as to lost tax revenues: It would be better to keep newspaper employees employed and paying taxes, and suppliers of equipment and other supplies making money and paying taxes, than to lose the newspapers. A nonprofit often pays taxes other than income taxes, such as real estate taxes. Do not know if all states make nonprofits exempt form sales taxes, if they have sales taxes.

Locality is an important issue,a s well as having a sense of community, instead of only getting the national stuff in papers like USA Today.

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By: Pennamale http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/#comment-357001 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:33:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15503#comment-357001 If the newspapers printed news honestly and without bias many people myself included would still be having the paper delivered everyday.
They took sides on many issues not trateing both sides equally or fairly. They deserve to perish as most fools do.
If congess does anything to perpeuate this foolishness then congress shoould perish also.
If an company, orinization or institution cannot be fair and honest then there is no reason for itsa existance

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By: Insanity http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/#comment-357000 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:09:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15503#comment-357000 This is moronic. Lets be clear THIS DOES require taxpayer money. IF SOMEONE STOPS PAYING TAXES IT HAS THE SAME EFFECT ON THE DEFICIT AS GIVING THEM MONEY. If someone doesn’t pay $100 into the kitty, or somebody takes out $100 dollars, the net effect on savings is the same. Further as is stated by the senator, newspapers would suffer in either a strong or weak economy. The internet is making them obsolete, why is that such a bad thing? We do not provide government support to the horse and buggy industry, the tape cassette/betamax industry or the commodore 64 (you know the old computer I am talking about) because they became obsolete. We have a deficit we need to shrink not expand. Why not save the trees and let the local journals go online, if there is a demand for the service capitalism will find a way to monetize it ONLINE. Write your congressman tell them to focus our taxpayer dollars on something of importance as opposed to this nonsense.

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By: Monica Zimmerman http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/#comment-356999 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:08:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15503#comment-356999 I’m a small business owner (Internet, Web and Computer Services) with other family members and employees. We have learned to change in order to stay competitive. Even though we started as one of the first dialup providers in 1996, we have had to constantly evolve and learn new skills, with NO help from anyone but our perseverance. Our local paper actually competes with us, offering web hosting, web design, online marketing. If they are offered tax exempt status, what happens to our competitive edge as a small business that has always been on the technological forefront at our own costs? Local newspapers in our county also see us as a competitor since they are attempting to break into the Internet and web markets, and thus have chosen to blackball our business whenever possible from the news. Maybe this is only in our county but I fear it’s in a lot of small towns. I am opposed to the proposed bill.

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By: Lloyd http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/#comment-356995 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:22:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15503#comment-356995 Let’s not forget that most news sites on the web are ‘aggregators;’ meaning they get news articles from newspapers or radio-TV stations, and offer what those sources have already run. If we allow those same news news sources to cut further, everybody suffers. Absent a better economic model than advertising-subcription to pay the bill, maybe the media should work more closely with substantive aggregators to run what they do unchanged in exchange for a shared yearly fee. That would undoubdtedly mean fewer sources of news, but it would at least salvage a necessary component to our democracy. The congressman’s plan to help is a very welcome change, but I would be very wary of the ban on political endorsements. In this state, endorsements point to the hidden agenda of political figures, and that is too worthwhile a consideration for voters.

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By: Brave warrior http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/#comment-356990 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 16:23:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15503#comment-356990 I’m a conservative who believes that economic enterprises should be free of government interference. In this case the feds would be eliminating a constraint on business not imposing one. I’m sensitive to the fact that public radio and tv have beem hijacked by the liberals. But since non profits could not directly endorse political candidates that would be a slight improvement over the current situation. As a conservative who loves his country – in its original democratic, constitutional form – I think the “non profit” bill is good for America.

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By: polyphemos http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/#comment-356988 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:42:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15503#comment-356988 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Just thought you should know…

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By: charles akins http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/24/us-senator-touts-newspaper-non-profit-bill/#comment-356987 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:39:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15503#comment-356987 Him what pays de piper call de tune.

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