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By Gary Starr for the Neville Awards
Sept. 1, 2009
Who is Mark Lloyd? Prior to joining the Obama administration Lloyd was a Senior Fellow at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, for whom he co-wrote a June 2007 report entitled "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio."
In the report Lloyd wrings his hands over the fact that the American people overwhelmingly prefer to listen to conservative talk radio rather than the liberal alternative, and suggests ways the federal government can remedy this free-market created "problem."
In his 2006 book "Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America" Lloyd wrote:
- Under the rubric of localism restore local and national caps on the ownership of commercial radio stations (minority station ownership).
- Ensure greater local accountability over radio licensing.
- Require commercial owners who fail to abide by enforceable "public interest" obligations to pay an estimated $100-million and $250-million of operating costs each year to support public broadcasting.
"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."
So freedom of speech is now a distraction for Mr. Lloyd
Lloyd on broadcasters on June 10, 2008:...pressure, pressure, pressure…we need to apply pressure and direct that pressure not at government, but through the government at the true opposition, the broadcasters.
"Local public broadcasters and regional and national communications operations should be required to encourage and broadcast diverse views and programs. These programs should include coverage of all local, state and federal government meetings, as well as daily news and public issues programming."
Programming like that would be like watching city council meetings on the public service channels. There would effectively be no audience, which is exactly what Lloyd, Obama and the liberals want.
As with the environmental and healthcare cons this is wealth redistribution and legalized theft wrapped in the feel-good language of fairness and diversity. There is absolutely no way any company paying the equivalent of operating costs each year could stay in business. This is a rigged game and a con, especially when a FCC runs by socialists determines what the public interest is.
The real intent here is to silence conservative talk radio by either fining it out of business or, through intimidation, by forcing station owners to "balance" conservative broadcasting with liberals who invariable lose money, or switch formats altogether. Lloyd also wants to see more minority ownership of stations funded by the fines imposed on station owners. More wealth redistribution.
Lloyd on the Hugo Chavez revolution: In Venezuela, with Chavez, really an incredible revolution - a democratic revolution - to begin to put in place saying that we're going to have impact on the people of Venezuela the property owners and the folks who were then controlling the media in Venezuela rebelled - work frankly with folks here in the U.S. government worked to oust him and came back and had another revolution. And Chavez then started to take the media very seriously in this country.
We have already seen how 'successful' liberal talk can be. George Soros-funded Air America was given several years of positive press and financial support and still couldn't make a go of it. They had no audience and virtually no sponsors. It anemically survives in several markets where nobody really cares.
This is a blatant attack on the 1st Amendment and Mark Lloyd is a communist and a fraud.
This from Investor's Business Daily:
Diversity Czar Threatens Free Speech
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
August 31, 2009
Mark Lloyd, a disciple of and fan of Hugo Chavez, wants to destroy talk radio and says free speech is a distraction. The new FCC diversity "czar" says Venezuela is an example we should follow.
When Mark Lloyd was appointed July 29 as the chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission, a nation focused on ObamaCare and a deteriorating economy took little notice. But as angry constituents flood town hall meetings and call in to talk radio, a man dedicated to silencing them sits at the right hand of the president.
They share a common hero - Saul Alinsky - who wrote the community organizer's bible, "Rules for Radicals." It speaks of confrontation or, as candidate Obama put it, of "getting in their faces" as a way to obtain power, not from the people or for the people, but over the people.
Lloyd has written that we make too much of the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of speech and the press - for "the purpose of free speech is warped to protect global corporations and block rules that would promote democratic governance."
We thought we were democratically governed. We thought we could vote as we choose after a vigorous and open debate. Once the major networks served as information gatekeepers controlling what we saw and heard. Now talk radio, the Internet and cable news have enhanced democracy by promoting the free flow of information and discourse. Lloyd wants to stop all that.
Fox News host Glenn Beck has done yeoman work in exposing this threat posed by Mr. Lloyd. He points out that in his 2006 book, "Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America," Lloyd wrote: "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."
Lloyd wants to restore local and national caps on the ownership of commercial radio stations and ensure greater local accountability over radio licensing. The kicker is he would also require owners who refuse to give up profitable air time in the name of "localism" to pay a fee to support public broadcasting.
He proposes using the existing FCC "localism" requirement, which can mean anything from running more public service announcements to putting Janeane Garofalo on after Rush Limbaugh. Local community organizers would be encouraged to harass conservative stations by filing complaints with the FCC.
He essentially proposes extorting money from broadcasters who have the audacity to air the likes of Beck, Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham, all of whom have competed in the marketplace of ideas and won in the ratings, and use it to fund those outfits nobody wants to listen to - like NPR and Air America.
As Lloyd writes, the "part of our proposal that gets the dittoheads (Rush Limbaugh fans) upset is our suggestion that the commercial radio station owners either play by the rules or pay." Or worse.
The FCC could then say they had enough justification to revoke a station's license if they didn't comply or pay a fee. In true Alinsky style, shut them up by shutting them down.
Lloyd praises Hugo Chavez's "incredible revolution" in Venezuela and the way "Chavez began to take very seriously the media in his country" by imposing restraints on cable TV and revoking the licenses of more than 200 radio stations" that insufficiently toed the Chavez party line.
Lloyd long ago declared war on unbridled talk radio and cable news. He wrote that "our work was not simply convincing policy makers of the logic and morality of our arguments. We understood that we were in a struggle for power against an opponent, the commercial broadcasters."
When Mark Lloyd talks about diversity, it is not diversity of opinion. As in the '60s sci-fi series, "Outer Limits," his advice is to "sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear."