Monday, September 07, 2009

Après Van Jones ....

... will come the FCC's CDO.

No silly, not Chief Duty Officer ... but .... wait for it .....

Chief Diversity Officer. I give you Mark Lloyd.
Mr. Lloyd was most recently the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/ Education Fund, where he oversaw media and telecom initiatives. Mr. Lloyd was also an adjunct professor of public policy at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, and from 2002-2004 a visiting scholar at MIT where he conducted research and taught communications policy. Previously Mr. Lloyd has been a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, the General Counsel of the Benton Foundation, and an attorney at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson. Before becoming a communications lawyer, Mr. Lloyd had a distinguished career as a broadcast journalist, including work at NBC and CNN.
Sounds fairly tame, doesn't it?

Van Jones was just another Communist useful, yet very smart and dangerous, idiot.

Mark Lloyd, however, is different. He has nothing but contempt for the core basic right of our Constitution; free speech. Add to that, he does not care for the free market either. Being that he cannot compete with those he does not like - he will attack both with the goal of destroying them.

The fact that he comes at this using the cloaking psychobabble of the Diversity Industry is not surprise to me. I didn't think this could wait until DivThu as this isn't really a Diversity story - this is a free speech issue. Though if you disagree with him, of course, you are a racist and/or oligarchist.

The legacy media proved over the last few weeks that they will not pursue the present administration as they have the previous - and will refuse to engage on those who have nothing but contempt for our nation's values, but support Obama.

As a result, you will have to keep yourself informed. To that end, here are a couple of Mr. Lloyd's work you should review. Both from his time at the Center for American Progress, his articles "
The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio, and "Forget the Fairness Doctrine."

You may want to read the second instead of the first, as it is shorter. You underemployeed engineers might like the first though; it has fun stuff like this:
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...but for those readers with a more well rounded education who wonder why Lloyd would be at the FCC as CDO, this quote from page 23 of TSIOPTR might help.
Our data indicate that minority-owned stations are less likely than non-minority-owned stations to air the conservative programming in our sample (4.6 percent of minority-owned stations, versus 12 percent of the non-minority-owned stations aired at least one of the five conservative hosts). Among talk and news format stations, 22.5 percent of minority-owned stations aired conservative programming, versus 50.6 percent of the non-minority-owned news and talk stations (see Figure 1).
Ah yes. All clear now.

More from the short one. LAWFARE in the cause of smashing the right wing.
To be fair, even some progressives are confused about the Fairness Doctrine. A recent news story reported that the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC for short, has asked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to reintroduce the Fairness Doctrine—even as the same article reports on a speech to LULAC by ABC News correspondent John Quinones, who spoke of his work bringing to audiences a hard-earned perspective to the long-running immigration debate.

Quinones told the LULAC audience that he got his start because a San Antonio community organization threatened that if the stations didn't hire more Latinos, the group would go to the FCC and challenge their licenses. "Thank God for them," Quinones said. "I wouldn't be here."

Equal opportunity employment policies. Local engagement. License challenges. Nothing in there about the Fairness Doctrine.
...and this little thing caused me to laugh a little in its brazenness. What do Muslims call this, Jizya?
The other part of our proposal that gets the dittoheads (i.e. Rush Limbaugh fans, meant here by Lloyd to more broadly refer to fans of all conservative talk) upset is our suggestion that the commercial radio station owners either play by the rules or pay. In other words, if they don’t want to be subject to local criticism of how they are meeting their license obligations, they should pay to support public broadcasters who will operate on behalf of the local community.
More good reading
here, here, and here.

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