Obama recently appointed Mark Lloyd as the Chief Diversity Officer to the FCC. We have never before had a diversity czar at the FCC. The goal is ostensibly to make sure that on radio there is a broad diversity of opinion. There is no such diversity in TV and newspapers.
In 2006, Lloyd published a book entitled, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America, in which he proposes, among other things, that private radio broadcasters be required to pay a fine equal to their total operating costs in order to benefit public radio broadcasting.
Frequently referencing one of his heroes, left-wing activist Saul Alinsky, Lloyd claims in his book that the history of American communications policy has been one of continued corporate control of every form of communication from the telegraph to the Internet.
“Citizen access to popular information has been undermined by bad political decisions,” Lloyd wrote. “These decisions date back to the Jacksonian Democrats’ refusal to allow the Post Office to continue to operate the telegraph service.”
Cover, Matt, Inspired by Saul Alinsky, FCC ‘Diversity’ Chief Calls for ‘Confrontational Movement’ to Give Public Broadcasting Dominant Role in Communications, CNS News, August 26, 2009.
The only solution, according to Lloyd, is state control of the media. Centralization of the means of communications in the state is one of the basic tenets of Marxism. Corporations are evil because the corporation is the primary means of accumulating capital – and capital is what is needed to accomplish large tasks. The abolition of private property is also one of the most basic tenets of Marxism.
Lloyd echoed this proposal in a Center for American Progress piece which he co-authored, The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio, published in 2007. The Center for American Progress is a leftist political organization that was funded with large contributions by George Soros.
The proposal does not analyze the news media, in general. It focuses only on talk radio. It does not focus on the “structural imbalances” in television, newspaper and publishing media markets, which are already heavily biased towards the left. Out of the three major television broadcast news organizations, all three of them (ABC, NBC and CBS) are “progressive”. Of the major cable news networks (CNN, MSNBC, Fox, CNBC) only one of them is conservative (Fox) and even that one balances it with liberal viewpoints.
This proposal recommends:
- Provide a license to radio broadcasters for a term no longer than three years.
- Require radio broadcast licensees to regularly show that they are operating on behalf of the public interest and provide public documentation and viewing of how they are meeting these obligations.
- Demand that the radio broadcast licensee announce when its license is about to expire and demonstrate how the public can participate in the process to determine whether the license should be extended. In addition, the FCC should be required to maintain a website to conduct on-line discussions and facilitate interaction with the public about licensee conduct.
If the radio station does not comply with any of these proposed regulations then a fine would be imposed that could be as much as the total operating costs of the radio station.
All of these proposals are aimed at confiscating the FCC license. Whether because some prearranged mob complains about the licensee, or more money is required to be spent on regulatory issues, or simply because of the imposition of fines that are so confiscatory that a single fine would put the radio station out of business. Either way, without a license, the radio broadcast station is out of business. To the extent that a radio station is able to stay in business by paying the fines, the revenue generated by fines would be transferred to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Appendix A of the proposal contains the “enemies list”: a list of stations which have been classified as “progressive” or “conservative”, with the latter being targeted for regulatory action. Never before has content-based regulation, which is prohibited by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, been proposed so openly. These proposed regulations should cause great concern because they are designed to:
- Achieve State control of all media and communications of the kind that the dictator Chavez has achieved in Venezuela and which has happened in every modern totalitarian state (e.g., Soviet Union, WWII-era Germany, and China. Any criticism of the state is censored and this gives the state the ability literally to get away with murder. Only tyrannical governments seek to control the media and silence the voices of dissent.
- Attack private property. A business license of any kind does not create public ownership of the business. There are very few businesses that one can operate without a license. Doctor’s require a medical license. Attorneys require a license to practice law. Businesses must get a business license from their local jurisdiction. Radio stations of all kinds, including broadcast radio, must get an FCC license. The licensee then has to invest significant amounts of money into broadcasting equipment (radios, antennas and other high end electronics), as well as structures
The comparison to Venezuela is not over the top, Mr. Lloyd has actually praised the “incredible revolution” in Venezuela!
This is – and ought to be – spine chilling. As one reporter has written:
There is absolutely no doubt that Loyd is a Marxist who disdains private enterprise, private property owners, free markets, and even free speech as described in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He has even said so himself.
Martin, Anthony G., FCC ‘diversity czar’ proves Obama gov’t has declared war on America, The Examiner, August 27, 2009.
Martin, Anthony G., White House threatens Rush Limbaugh, The Examiner, August 18, 2009
Martin, Anthony G., Obama launches frontal attack on conservative talk radio, San Francisco Examiner, August 15, 2009.
Martin, Anthony G., Obama’s ‘diversity officer’ at FCC to use Alinsky’s confrontational tactics, The Examiner, August 26, 2009
Click, Darleen, Mark Lloyd, Obama/Soros hitman at the FCC, Protein Wisdom, August 16, 2009