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74% Oppose Taxing Internet News Sites To Help Newspapers (1 Viewer)


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74% Oppose Taxing Internet News Sites To Help Newspapers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering several ways to help the struggling newspaper industry, but Americans strongly reject several proposed taxes to keep privately-owned newspapers going.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 84% oppose a three percent (3%) tax on monthly cell phone bills to help newspapers and traditional journalism.
Similarly, 76% oppose a proposed five percent tax on the purchase of consumer electronic items such as computers, iPads and Kindles to help support newspapers and traditional journalism. Seventy-four percent (74%) oppose the proposal to tax web sites like the Drudge Report to help the newspapers they draw their headlines from.

This is insane. Newsprint is a dying media, and for the FEDGOV to suggest a tax on electronic media to save these obsolete mediums?

It would be like taxing your gas to help the horse and buggy industry....
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It shouldn't be the FTC's job to help any business.
Newspapers are becoming irrelevant, no need to tax electronic media just to delay the inevitable. In 20 years, there won't be any physical newspapers to buy.

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