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The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 3: Media Vouchers

The Progress & Freedom Foundation Progress on Point, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2010

12 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2010  

Adam D. Thierer

George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Berin Michael Szoka

TechFreedom

Date Written: April 14, 2010

Abstract

In this installment, we will consider whether it is possible to steer citizens toward so-called “hard news” (“serious” journalism) - and get them to financially support it - through the use of “news vouchers” or “public interest vouchers”? We will argue that using the tax code to nudge people to support media - while less problematic than direct subsidies for the press - will likely raise serious issues regarding eligibility and be prone to political meddling. Moreover, the scheme is unlikely to succeed in encouraging people to direct more resources to hard news and will likely instead become a method of subsidizing other media content they already consume.

Keywords: PFF, policy, communications, regulation, law

Suggested Citation

Thierer, Adam D. and Szoka, Berin Michael, The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 3: Media Vouchers (April 14, 2010). The Progress & Freedom Foundation Progress on Point, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1619471

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