The US Constitution’s First Amendment states” 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.”

Many once popular newspapers are losing money and may close, L.A. Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, The New York Daily Press, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Detroit News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Miami Herald, and others.

And the federal government has a “solution”.

“Newspaper Revitalization Act”, introduced by Democrat US Senator Ben Cardin, would grant failing newspapers to restructure under non-profit 501(c)(3) tax status typically reserved for educational entities, advertising and circulation revenue could be claimed as tax exempt, and newspapers would be barred from making political endorsements.

American citizens have seen the federal government taking a back-door management approach once they have helped a company or industry.

Will this be repeated? Will we have a national network of federal newspapers? Will the federal government control newpaper companies, decide which newspaper companies will survive or fail, control writers/reporters, surpress stories or control stories, control CEO’s, control wages and compenstation, and call it freedom of information?