Not sure yet whether to raise a ruckus about this as have Rush and Glenn Beck, but it is something that merits greater attention.
First, given how much public protest the “so-called stimulus” and health care overhaul have generated, it would be foolhardy for the Administration to attempt to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine (as Beck suggests they intend to do).
That said, given the uproar we’ve seen at attempts by government to take over and increase federal control of the private sector, just imagine the uproar if government attempted to silence various voices on the right.
Perhaps, Rush and Beck are wrong and the appointment of this socialist-supporting official at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not herald increased state-control of the media as we’ve seen in the land ruled by a leader he lauds. But, don’t you think the media should take note when the President of the United States taps a man who praises the censorious Hugo Chavez to the FCC–and with a brand new title, “Chief Diversity Officer” (whatever that means)?
Here’s what that officer, Mark Lloyd has had to say to about the Venezuelan thug who has shut down an opposition television station:
In Venezuela, with Chavez, you really had an incredible revolution — democratic revolution — to begin to put in place things that were going to have impact on the people of Venezuela. The property owners and the folks who were then controlling the media in Venezuela rebelled — worked, frankly, with folks here in the US government — worked to oust him. He came back and had another revolution, and Chavez then started to take the media very seriously in his country.
So,the Chief Diversity Office of the Federal Communications Commission in the United States defines closing down television stations and censoring opposition media as “taking the media very seriously”?
If the media in our country took their jobs seriously, they’d cover this appointment in greater depth. Don’t they find it in the least bit troubling that a guy who praises a man who shuts down media outlets now serves in the American government office regulating communication?