A media welfare state?

Adam D. Thierer writing in The City Journal: “Imagine a world of ‘post-corporate’ newsrooms, where the state serves as the primary benefactor of the Fourth Estate. Billions flow from bureaucracies to media entities and individual journalists in the name of sustaining a ‘free press.’ And this new media welfare state is funded by steep taxes on our mobile phones, broadband connections, and digital gadgets. Sound Orwellian? Well, it’s the blueprint for a press takeover drawn up by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols in their new book, The Death and Life of American Journalism.”