Bernie Sanders Proposes Taxing Ads to Fund Media
We're in the midst of a debate about whether the media deserves special privileges.
Senator Bernie Sanders not only believes that it does, but wants to tax ads to fund the media.
In a Columbia Journalism Review pitch, the socialist politician proposes,"we should consider taxing targeted ads and using the revenue to fund nonprofit civic-minded media."
By civic-minded media, he means leftists.
Why should businesses be taxed to subsidize Bernie's propaganda. And he's fairly explicit about it being his propaganda.
"After all, TV networks that rely on $4.5 billion a year of pharmaceutical ads may be thrilled to sugarcoat our current dysfunctional health care system—but they will never provide a consistently fair hearing for something like Medicare for All," Sanders writes.
Medicaid-for-All has been widely promoted in the media. But Bernie isn't satisified. He wants North Korea's civic media.
"Our constitution’s First Amendment explicitly protects the free press because the founders understood how important journalism is to a democracy. More than two centuries after the constitution was signed, we cannot sit by and allow corporations, billionaires, and demagogues to destroy the Fourth Estate, nor can we allow them to replace serious reporting with infotainment and propaganda," Sanders concludes.
How do you distinguish between reporting, propaganda and infotainment? These are subjective variables.
The First Amendment, which Sanders doesn't understand, doesn't mandate a media. It prevents government interference with the press. And government interference is exactly what Sanders is after.