It’s better for the public. What’s wrong with this idea?
That’s a big assumption.
It would seem that preventing for-profit media would be contrary to the 1st amendment.
lots of things are prevented for the public good
it’s a reasonable assumption i think
But most of them aren’t written into our constitution.
hate to say it, but those who wrote the constitution didn’t look 250 years ahead
Why is a (e.g.) liberal right-wing non-profit news outlet inherently better than a liberal right-wing for-profit news outlet? That doesn’t follow to me at all.
And yet, it’s still the document that governs our nation.
this is a hypothetical exercise. if u don’t want to participate, u don’t have to
I am participating. Requiring media to be non-profit muzzles our ability to exercise free speech. That makes it a bad idea.
I also don’t think it solves whatever problems you think it is solving.
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Requiring media to be non-profit muzzles our ability to exercise free speech.[/quote]
Can you explain this? How does making media a not-for-profit industry stifle a person’s ability to say what they want?
Charities are not-for-profit and you can basically start a charity to support virtually any issue you want.
“Not-for-proft” <> “Without expenses”
They’ll still feel the tugs of that river in which the cash flows.
It stifles our ability, because instead of exercising free speech directly, you would now have to first create a non-profit. Whereas today, I can publish my own limited run newspaper/editorial magazine if I want as a sole proprietor, or spend $500 and put whatever message I want onto a billboard.
Those aren’t examples of for profit activities. You can start a limited run newspaper and give it away. You can buy a billboard and put whatever message you want on it. Not-for-profit does not require creating a 501… organization.
I suppose you are technically correct, but usually when people say “non-profit”, they are intending to refer to 501 or other organizations.
profits has a tendency to change content
Sure, if you want to sell the product or raise money to help finance it, you would need to follow tax law that would require registering under chapter 501. I still don’t see how that stifles free speech.
Does the media include social media?
good point. maybe it should! considering the damage it’s doing to society