Mark Lloyd: FCC Chief Diversity Officer

2009 September 8

Town Hall‘s poll of the day:

Which czar should be the next to go?

John Holdren, Science Czar (25 %)

Graphical representation of votes

Cass Sunstein, Regulatory Czar (14 %)

Graphical representation of votes

Mark Lloyd, FCC Diversity Czar (61 %)

Graphical representation of votes

Those were the results just before 1:00 pm EDT.

So let’s review a few things about Mark Lloyd.  Seton Motley, Director of Communications for Media Research Center, has written a number of NewsBusters columns on him. Take the time to read them and follow the links!  His emphasis in all of the excerpts.

1.  August 6, 2009:  New FCC ‘Chief Diversity Officer’ Co-Wrote Liberal Group’s ‘Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio’

This is the post in which he broke the news of Lloyd’s appointment.

He was at one time a Senior Fellow at the uber-liberal Center for American Progress (CAP), for whom he co-wrote a June 2007 report entitled “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio.”Which rails against the fact that the American people overwhelmingly prefer to listen to conservative (and Christian) talk radio rather than the liberal alternative, and suggests ways the federal government can remedy this free-market created “problem.”

  • Restore local and national caps on the ownership of commercial radio stations.
  • Ensure greater local accountability over radio licensing.
  • Require commercial owners who fail to abide by enforceable public interest obligations to pay a fee to support public broadcasting.

These last two get perilously close to the use of “localism” to silence conservative (and Christian) radio stations, about which we have been warning for quite some time….

In a follow-up essay to the CAP report entitled “Forget the Fairness Doctrine,” Lloyd specifically instructs liberal activists to do the latter – use the “localism” requirement to harass conservative stations by filing complaints with the FCC. The FCC would then assess these stations fines, with the money going to (very liberal) public broadcasting.

2.  August 13, 2009: FCC’s New ‘Diversity Officer’ Wants to Force Private Broadcasters to Fund Public Broadcasters Dollar for Dollar

Mark Lloyd, is calling for the gross operating budget for every private radio station each year to be the fee (tax) they pay for their broadcast license for the year, with the monies going to the always liberal public stations. With whom they then must compete for listeners.

3.  August 28, 2009: Video: FCC ‘Diversity’ Czar on Chavez’s Venezuela: ‘Incredible…Democratic Revolution’

“In Venezuela, with Chavez, is really an incredible revolution – a democratic revolution. To begin to put in place things that are going to have an impact on the people of Venezuela.

The property owners and the folks who then controlled the media in Venezuela rebelled – worked, frankly, with folks here in the U.S. government – worked to

oust him. But he came back with another revolution, and then Chavez began to take very seriously the media in his country.

“And we’ve had complaints about this ever since.”

4. September 7, 2009: Politico Gets It Way Wrong On Conservatives’ Complaints About FCC Diversity Czar Lloyd

Motley reviews some of the facts he has already posted about Lloyd, including this statement by Mark Lloyd on freedom of speech and of the press:

It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.

“[T]he purpose of free speech is warped to protect global corporations and block rules that would promote democratic governance.”

We have to ask the question: Constitutional law professor that he was, who at least as recently as 2007 stated that he respected the Constitution, and in his oath of office solemnly swore to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, how does Obama really feel about the First Amendment?  What exactly is the best of his ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States?  Are we going to find we need to redefine the word ability?  Or does he think that if Congress makes no law, then he may do as he pleases in his appointments in the Executive Branch?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Motley concludes today’s column:

…Mark Lloyd should follow Van Jones out the door.

UPDATE: Tomorrow:  Mark Lloyd:  Alinsky Radical.


H/T:  Town Hall, NewsBusters, YouTube, Politico, Wikipedia.

10 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 September 8 12:41 pm
    mulletover permalink

    All of the above and 28 more. A strong case could be made that they are not constitutional relative to their policy-making and budgetary responsibilities without going through Senate confirmation. It is an egregious overreach of the executive branch, not that there are any executives in that branch.

    What the heck is the cabinet supposed to do?

  2. 2009 September 8 12:43 pm

    What the heck is the cabinet supposed to do?~~`mullet

    What the heck aren’t the republicans doing?? 😈

  3. 2009 September 8 12:53 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Far be it for me to correct a big-time blog like Town Hall, but Mark Lloyd is not a czar. Normally, the term czar could be used interchangeably, but in the Obama Administration czar designates a specific rank and specific responsibilities. Lloyd’s correct title with the FCC is: Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer.

    But, I do agree that he should go.

  4. 2009 September 8 1:02 pm
    INC permalink

    You’re right, bc. Thanks, I didn’t catch that. I’ll correct the headline.

  5. 2009 September 8 1:11 pm
    bc3b permalink

    INC –

    It’s not your fault. Town Hall referred to him as a czar throughout the poll. It’s their mistake. In terms of pure power to change the status quo and move the nation left, Lloyd may have greater influence than many of the so-called czars.

  6. 2009 September 8 1:15 pm
    INC permalink

    No, I like to be accurate with these things. Neither Beck nor Politico lists him as a czar. They’re of two different minds (!) but they at least agree on that!

    I’d guess Town Hall and Motley were calling him a czar because he’s another shadow figure wielding policy power without confirmation hearings.

  7. 2009 September 8 1:17 pm
    INC permalink

    I agree about his influence. He can do things that would stop facts being disseminated about people and policy. Anyone who is for stifling opposing points of view should not be in the WH.

  8. 2009 September 8 1:29 pm
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    I agree about his influence. He can do things that would stop facts being disseminated about people and policy.-INC

    Exactly why he should be the next target ! As long as we have voices on talk radio and conservative blogs, we have a chance to get our message out.

  9. 2009 September 8 4:11 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Lloyd must be next, or we lose free speech.

  10. 2009 September 8 9:15 pm
    kayfromcarroll permalink

    rightwingyahoo said:

    Lloyd must be next, or we lose free speech.

    I’ve always believed the same: Once free speech. Talk Radio, and the Internet are gone, all the other rights become much easier to take away.

    Just like a abused spouse. Once they’re isolated, the rest is easy.

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