ALIPAC Opposes Government Welfare for Newspapers
Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee (ALIPAC) is calling on their 25,000 supporters nationally to contact Congress to oppose any bailout of America’s failing newspapers.
“Creating a dependency and patronage relationship between the media and Washington, DC would be disadvantageous to the American public,” said William Gheen of ALIPAC. “These newspapers need to regain their credibility and public support to survive. Any bailout or special tax status from politicians in Washington would destroy any remaining credibility or freedom for these publications.”
ALIPAC’s President, William Gheen, is sending a letter to members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee asking lawmakers to cease and desist in any attempt to prop up failing newspapers.
“It is outlandish that Congress is considering cracking down on free speech on the Internet and talk radio shows, while simultaneously trying to buy and legislate influence in some newspapers,” said William Gheen. “Any fusion between the state and the media is a threat to the freedoms of all Americans and the health of the American Republic, which needs media to be free to question or criticize incumbent lawmakers without fear of repercussions.”
The current measures being considered by congress are to give taxpayer monies to newspapers or to grant non-profit organization status to the newspapers, which would place the publications firmly under Federal regulatory agencies. These measures would make certain newspapers dependent upon continued patronage from Washington for their survival.
“We already have a big problem with biased newspapers in America,” said William Gheen. “Just imagine what it will be like, if criticizing Federal lawmakers could result in a loss of tax status or welfare for payrolls.”
Americans for Legal Immigration calls on all lawmakers, members of the public and media to aggressively oppose any Federal intervention in companies that are acting as constitutionally protected media sources in America.