Some of us are old enough to remember when we had three choices for our nightly news: ABC, CBS and NBC. The senior citizens among us are old enough to remember when the choices were even fewer, limited to radio and newspapers.
Our forefathers did not envision satellite television or the internet, but they felt so strongly about the freedom of the press that it was included as one of the five rights guaranteed in First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. They perhaps, however, did not expect the media to be controlled by government through the almighty advertising dollar as is the case in so many local markets.
“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press” is oft-quoted. Yet, whether we are discussing the latest edition of our local newspaper or a network newscast, it seems few feel that mainstream media can be trusted to be objective or completely accurate.
Thanks in particular to the advent of the Internet and social media, average citizens are taking matters into their own hands with blogs and internet radio shows to provide coverage to causes and opinions overlooked by old guard media. Information that used to be controlled can now be disseminated in seconds to tens of millions people around the world.
Government officials do not know what to do with us. They try to regulate us, intimidate us and disparage us. But they have not been able to shut us up or shut us down.
It is the new media that is the topic of this series. John Wesley Nobles, host of Fair Tax Time Radio, is the first to agree to an interview. This is Part One. Part Two will be posted tomorrow.
Q: Tell me a little about your radio show. How does it work? How long have you been doing it? How and why did you get started?
At Fair Tax Time Radio we attempt to spend most of our time on Fair Tax, HR25, but sometimes we get a little off subject. Our main goal is to educate, and spread the word that there is already a bill in Congress to change our Federal Income Tax System.
My support for a NRST began in 1968, because taxing production, savings and investment never seemed to make sense to me. Most Americans have not heard of Fair Tax, and we are attempting to change that
There are many highly motivated volunteers that share the same view. We have had a wide range of guests; Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson; Congress Rob Woodall; Brian Bilbray; numerous candidates from all over the country.
We have also had guests like; Author Brent Morehouse; Sharron Angle; film maker Curtis Bowers, Dick Patton and many, many others. We have a national audience and broadcast in a relaxed talk show format.
Generally the show is for one hour, but on special occasions we will go up to two hours. Now I have four other Fair Tax Volunteers that are helping to promote the show, but do most of the production myself.
Fair Tax Time Radio is broadcast on Blog Talk Radio every Wednesday (live) 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. pacific, 9 p.m. -10 p.m. eastern. Each episode is recorded for future play and permission to copy is given and encouraged.
I sponsor the show and have never received a penny toward production cost. Just last May we created a website, which has caused our listenership to start building in a meaningful way.
I have been doing the show since April 2011 and just recently had a toll free number installed. We say that Fair Tax Time is not a low budget show, it is a no budget show.
While I was the Volunteer California Fair Tax State Director it occurred to me that we could connect a lot more people to Fair Tax by doing a weekly radio show. Without any outside sponsors I decided that a web-based show could be done inexpensively while building our listener base and in time we might even go to AM with live streaming. That has not happened yet, but more and more Fair Tax Volunteers are doing shows around the country.
Q: Do you feel alternative news media such as your show can effect change?
It is my feeling that alternative news media can bring about active change over time, however like any endeavor a little promotion money is quite helpful. According to Chairman of House Ways and Means, Dave Camp, major tax reform is going to happen in 2013 no matter what.
For those of us that support Fair Tax, a national retail sales tax, we are well aware that we face a huge challenge. We hope that various alternative shows around the country are helping to create broader awareness with the average American. Ultimately it will take a Tsunami of public support to do away with the IRS and taxing income.
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