May 21, 2010
Franklin D. Roosevelt
“If we do not halt this steady process of building commissions and regulatory bodies and the special legislation like huge inverted pyramids over every one of the simple constitutional provisions, we shall soon be spending many billions of dollars more.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt (before coming to the White House)
September 1, 2009
One recent development on the free-speech front that has concerned me is the hiring of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd.
Lloyd used to work for the left-leaning Center for American Progress, where he helped write this study calling for caps on commercial radio station ownership, greater local accountability on the part of broadcasters and fees to be paid by broadcasters who don’t want to abide by certain “public interest” standards (the fees would go to fund public broadcasting). The focus of the study was on the imbalance between conservative and liberal programming, and critics charge that the proposed actions are meant to silence conservative talk radio.
Another point of controversy is one of his other proposals suggesting that radio stations not interested in abiding by public interest standards pay a licensing fee equal to their total operating costs. A discussion of this and other proposals was aired on Glenn Beck’s program on Fox News last week. Part of that discussion covered comments Lloyd made which seemed to praise Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ treatment of the media in his country (which has been less than friendly to their free-speech rights). Here is a clip:
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