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Obama’s “Diversity” Guy at FCC Loves Hugo Chavez

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 pm - August 31, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Free Speech,Media Bias,Obama Watch

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).

But, then again, they may believe their own propaganda that these protests are as astroturfed as their own rallies.

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?

Fortunately, what the MSM hasn’t done, bloggers have.



  1. “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.”
    –Mark Lloyd
    Link here.
    So, in other words, freedom of speech is for leftists only.

    Comment by pst314 — August 31, 2009 @ 1:15 pm - August 31, 2009

  2. Notice too how many leftists are enamored of repressive regimes like Cuba, North Korea, China and Venezuela. Maybe it’s because they secretly want to run things the same way here.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 31, 2009 @ 10:53 pm - August 31, 2009

  3. I can see it now – ships just outside the 12-mile limit with high-power radio transmitters beaming Rush, et al, into what’s left of the U.S. Citizens Subjects will hide illegal AM and shortwave receivers from the British-style radio police (hired from the same pool of people the government has fanning out to police thrift shops and garage sales). To purchase batteries, you’ll have to show ID and sign a logbook.

    Some of us will listen to illicit, encrypted internet streams with passwords and changing IP address. We’ll have speakeasies where people will gather to listen to and discuss seditious radio broadcasts. What fun it will be.

    Those not interested in politics will delight in the wide availability of pr0n on broadcast television (First Amendment, you know) and shows like “Ow! My Balls!” (see Idiocracy).

    Mark Levin really will be broadcasting from an underground bunker.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — August 31, 2009 @ 11:38 pm - August 31, 2009

  4. Then we have Maxine ¨the mouth¨Waters, expressing her admiration for Fidel Castro. What we are seeing, within our government, are commies coming out of the red closet. Last week, Chavez said it is easy to manipulate Barak Obama. Remember Trinity UCCC and Rev. Wright are not exactly patriotic. It was a couple of years ago that Senator Dodd urged President Uribe of Colombia to make peace with FARC and let them rule the territory they occupy. I can´t forget that Xavier Becerra told the L.A. Times in 1993 that he saw his role as an international observer of the elections in El Salvador not to protect democracy but the interests of the FMLN (their first as a political party). John Birch Society, where are you?

    Comment by Roberto — September 1, 2009 @ 3:07 pm - September 1, 2009

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