Kudos to FCC Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd, for at least answering our concerns

FCC Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd (by the way, doesn’t your company have a “chief diversity officer”?) speaks out:

“I am not a Czar appointed by President Obama,” said Lloyd. “I am not at the FCC to restore the Fairness Doctrine through the front door or the back door, or to carry out a secret plot funded by George Soros to get rid of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck or any other conservative talk show host. I am not at the FCC to remove anybody, whatever their color, from power. I am not a supporter of Hugo Chavez. The right wing smear campaign has been, in a word, incredible, generating hate mail and death threats. It is the price we pay for freedom of speech. And I do support free speech.”

So blah, blah, blah, right-wing is evil, talk radio is lying about me by trying to make the really nasty things I’ve said sound really nasty, etc.  We’ve seen this schitk before.  But I am a little impressed.  Instead of dancing around the issues and making bare assertions of “lies” without actually saying what has been lied about, Lloyd is actually issuing denials.  He says that he is not, no equivocation. 

So, Chief Lloyd, does this mean that we can hold you to these promises?  No fairness doctrine, no removal of anyone due to “regulatory” reasons?  No backdoor restrictions on free use of the airwaves?  No decisions based on color or minority characteristics? 

He says he’s for free speech.  Does that commit him to eschewing net neutrality or other restrictions on new media? 

He has no grounds to fault us for asking questions, when in the past he has written:

Lloyd also wrote that the government should establish robust public broadcasting outlets, funded with fees from commercial broadcasters that were equal to or greater than the levels by which those commercial broadcasters operated.


Lloyd also said he believed freedom of speech had become “an exaggeration” that had been “warped to protect global corporations.”
“It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press,” wrote Lloyd. “This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech serve as a distraction from the critical examination of communications policies.”

Chief Lloyd, do you renounce those previous statements?  Say yes, and mean it, and you will have my support.


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