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The Fairness Doctrine is Dead, But Here Comes the Chief Diversity Officer
Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2009 | Jillian Bandes

Posted on 08/12/2009 9:19:02 AM PDT by Kaslin

Mark Lloyd has recently been appointed “Chief Diversity Officer” at the Federal Communications Commission. Conservative groups believe his installation is merely another way to impose the dangerous principles contained in the Fairness Doctrine.

Lloyd is a longtime Democrat activist who has strategized about ways to censor conservative media under the guise of “local accountability.” In 2007, he co-wrote a report that called for, among other things, the restoration of local and national caps on the ownership of commercial radio stations and fines for commercial radio station owners if their stations didn’t air enough “progressive” content. Those fines would go directly into the pockets of liberal competitors with fewer listeners.

“Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system, particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimina¬tion of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules,” he wrote.

In addition to having this new CDO title, Lloyd will also assume the title of Associate General Counsel, giving him what seems to be a substantial amount of authority to pursue these objectives. But Seton Motley, Director of Communications for the Media Research Center, said that there is no way of knowing at this point how much authority Lloyd will have.

“We frankly don’t know what role the CDO will play,” he said.

Lloyd’s past work includes stints at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and vice president of strategic initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR). CAP is funded by the liberal financier George Soros and LCCR focuses on representing “persons of color, women, children, labor unions, individuals with disabilities, older Americans, major religious groups, gays and lesbians and civil liberties and human rights groups.”

In a blog post, LCCR praised the selection of Lloyd by saying that he will “help the FCC to develop communications policy that will increase media diversity and address the needs of low-income people, women, minorities, people with disabilities.” The LCCR and Lloyd have been careful to distance themselves from the notion that they support the Fairness Doctrine, while actually backing every principle the doctrine stands for.

“We call for ownership rules that we think will create greater local diversity of programming, news, and commentary. And we call for more localism by putting teeth into the licensing rules,” he wrote in an article on CAP’s website titled “Forget the Fairness Doctrine.” “But we do not call for a return to the Fairness Doctrine.”

Motley isn't convinced.

“They don’t want equality of opportunity, they want equality of outcomes – giving equal time for people who get listeners and people who don’t,” he said.


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1 posted on 08/12/2009 9:19:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Shouldn’t that be “Diversity Czar”?


2 posted on 08/12/2009 9:20:25 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obama is in way over his ears.)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t try to make it fair, just dilute it.


3 posted on 08/12/2009 9:21:24 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat Party: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: Jeff Chandler

You took the words out of my mouth and posted them here...


4 posted on 08/12/2009 9:22:05 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Kaslin

Liberal talk shows cannot make money. The problem for them is they are all shrill jerks and conspiracy theory jags. The free market has exposed the liberals and their agenda in the purest way. Obama and company will do whatever they must to fix that - especially since it means stepping on the 1st Amendment rights of conservatives.


5 posted on 08/12/2009 9:28:09 AM PDT by chichipow
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To: Kaslin

These peckerhead losers are like toxic water seeking its own level, and ALWAYS finding a way “to get in”.


6 posted on 08/12/2009 9:28:41 AM PDT by supremedoctrine (Time is the school in which we learn that time is the fire in which we burn.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Shouldn’t that be “Diversity Czar”?

Dang it! Late again.

7 posted on 08/12/2009 9:32:32 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Jeff Chandler

This is part of the POTUS’s afroturf campaign. Rather than let the market decide who to listen to, Obama wants to force his racial agenda on us. The best way is to take control of the only form of mass communication that thus far eludes him, and that is talk radio.

Just like he is using his race cronies to afroturf the health care debate (think the AARP run by a big time Obama supporter who is going totally against the wishes of his members to support socialized health care), he wants to stifle all forms of dissent by using ‘diversity’ to diminish conservative viewpoints. Very dangerous what he is doing because the people are catching on to his strategy.

Prof Gates/Sgt Crowley revealed what Obama thought he buried with his race speech after Rev Wright debacle. That is that Obama, for all his talk of being post partisan, post racial, etc., is willing to play the race card when it suits his purposes.


8 posted on 08/12/2009 9:33:29 AM PDT by milwguy (........)
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To: Kaslin

I’m sure his first order of business will be shepherding a request made by minority station owners for a bailout. The largest black station in Pittsburgh was sold to a group that is planning to run Catholic religious programming, setting off alarm bells in the Diversity Broadcast community. Supposedly the owners were flat-broke and had to sell, so the others are now looking for a taxpayer bailout to keep the airwaves “diverse”.


9 posted on 08/12/2009 9:35:03 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: chichipow

As I said in the reply following yours, the Left does not consider itself subject to the logical strictures of the marketplace, which is why they so strenuously analyze and promote the myriad ways through which they can promote their way into political viability-—the concepts of unfairness, and victimage have always been central to their worldview because nothing else begins to explain how “marginalized” they think, and want everyone else to think they’ve become. Never underestimate the absolute contempt they have for the whole concept of the marketplace. They are intent on forcing their entirely counterfeit construction of a levelled playing field invading and paving over the real marketplace.
NOW THAT THEY’VE BEEN ELECTED, they seem miffed that they still have SO MUCH WORK TO DO.


10 posted on 08/12/2009 9:36:16 AM PDT by supremedoctrine (Time is the school in which we learn that time is the fire in which we burn.)
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To: Kaslin

How about diversity commisar?

They know that normal people will just switch to the internet and abandon talk radio. That’s why the leftist wackos want desperately to control the internet.


11 posted on 08/12/2009 9:36:21 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Fascism: coming back, thanks to the democrats)
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To: Kaslin

The War on freedom continues


12 posted on 08/12/2009 9:36:33 AM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: chichipow

Now they’re trying to tell people who to listen to. Isn’t there such a thing as freedom of hearing?

More Marxism at work.


13 posted on 08/12/2009 9:36:40 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Kaslin

Great! I’m sure his first action will be to mandate Larry Elder on the dial across the nation, right? I miss my Sage from South Central!


14 posted on 08/12/2009 9:38:23 AM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the sting of truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: Kaslin

Obama went over the line with DeathCare (tm). People are now so full of his crap that they have become a permanent anti-Obama force in our politics. Radio censorhip will just create another firestorm. As someone said, ‘Just wait. In a year they will have so far over-reached that the public, in a fit of revulsion, will throw them out of office.’


15 posted on 08/12/2009 9:40:13 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Kaslin

They’ll just kill AM radio. We conservatives will go to the satellite.

Within a few years, only cable TV and satellite will be profitable.


16 posted on 08/12/2009 9:41:46 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin; bamahead; nutmeg

BTTT


17 posted on 08/12/2009 9:42:18 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

Would they block it like they do in China


18 posted on 08/12/2009 9:49:22 AM PDT by mel
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To: EdReform
Wow... another great catch, Ed! You find great stuff... thank you.

This is frightening. Far left incrementalism for sure. I'll ping my list here in a few minutes...

19 posted on 08/12/2009 9:51:38 AM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: Kaslin

And the wealthy GOP coupon clippers thought AA would only effect slubs like firemen, dang funny how that works out.


20 posted on 08/12/2009 9:53:50 AM PDT by junta (Conservatives, the word "racism" is now ours.)
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To: EdReform; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
Thank you for the heads up, EdReform! Excerpt:

Mark Lloyd has recently been appointed “Chief Diversity Officer” at the Federal Communications Commission. Conservative groups believe his installation is merely another way to impose the dangerous principles contained in the Fairness Doctrine.

Lloyd is a longtime Democrat activist who has strategized about ways to censor conservative media under the guise of “local accountability.” In 2007, he co-wrote a report that called for, among other things, the restoration of local and national caps on the ownership of commercial radio stations and fines for commercial radio station owners if their stations didn’t air enough “progressive” content. Those fines would go directly into the pockets of liberal competitors with fewer listeners.

“Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system, particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimination of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules,” he wrote.

In addition to having this new CDO title, Lloyd will also assume the title of Associate General Counsel, giving him what seems to be a substantial amount of authority to pursue these objectives...

-snip-

Lloyd’s past work includes stints at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and vice president of strategic initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR). CAP is funded by the liberal financier George Soros and LCCR focuses on representing “persons of color, women, children, labor unions, individuals with disabilities, older Americans, major religious groups, gays and lesbians and civil liberties and human rights groups...”

-snip-

...The LCCR and Lloyd have been careful to distance themselves from the notion that they support the Fairness Doctrine, while actually backing every principle the doctrine stands for.

21 posted on 08/12/2009 9:59:09 AM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: brytlea; Diana in Wisconsin; Kakaze; Tammy8; unkus; metmom; Cap Huff; svcw; leapfrog0202; Concho; ..

Ping and bump.


22 posted on 08/12/2009 9:59:18 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Obamacare: Abort the unborn, kill the old, save money, give money to Dems and their thug supporters.)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 08/12/2009 9:59:35 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Kaslin

Is there a pic on a government site? I’d like to put it on my page


24 posted on 08/12/2009 10:00:14 AM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Why is Larry Elder no longer on radio?


25 posted on 08/12/2009 10:00:38 AM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: Kaslin

When we said “free speech”, we didn’t mean for people who disagree. :)


26 posted on 08/12/2009 10:01:14 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Shouldn’t that be “Diversity Czar”?

Exactly!

27 posted on 08/12/2009 10:01:28 AM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: greyfoxx39
Get used to being "governed" by diktat.

 

28 posted on 08/12/2009 10:01:31 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Obamacare: Abort the unborn, kill the old, save money, give money to Dems and their thug supporters.)
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To: Kaslin
But Seton Motley, Director of Communications for the Media Research Center, said that there is no way of knowing at this point how much authority Lloyd will have.

The authority of all these czars, BO and his socialist minions will diminish with each piece of socialist legislation we defeat.
29 posted on 08/12/2009 10:02:00 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Kaslin

“Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system, particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimina¬tion of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules,” he wrote.

What a bunch of gobbledygook. I suppose he’s an “intellectual.”


30 posted on 08/12/2009 10:05:41 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia (BHO Administration = America-destroying thugs)
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To: Kaslin
Here's Mark Lloyd's contact info:
OGC (202) 418-7390
Email Mark Lloyd

I would like to congratulate Mr Lloyd on his new job and ask him about diversity on the network news programs. How about diversity in the top of the hour news on radio, most of those are liberal propaganda?

31 posted on 08/12/2009 10:06:44 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Are they insane, stupid or just evil?)
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To: EdReform; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ...
“They don’t want equality of opportunity, they want equality of outcomes – giving equal time for people who get listeners and people who don’t”.



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32 posted on 08/12/2009 10:10:53 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: Kaslin

I guess the Thought Police aren’t too far off.


33 posted on 08/12/2009 10:13:15 AM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: nutmeg

He’s on the radio on LA, but no longer syndicated (at least here in the Seattle market). I look at this CDO as being a way to force new stations to carry Larry and other conservative voices! If they’re going to create the position, then by all means use it to our advantage...:)


34 posted on 08/12/2009 10:13:23 AM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the sting of truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: nutmeg

You’re welcome! I thought this one might be of interest to you and your pingees.


35 posted on 08/12/2009 10:17:52 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier
He’s on the radio on LA, but no longer syndicated (at least here in the Seattle market).

Thanks for the info. I started subscribing to XM radio a year ago, just as Larry's show was discontinued. I was looking forward to hearing him for years and years... :-(

36 posted on 08/12/2009 10:18:47 AM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: Kaslin

Is FCC paying his salery?


37 posted on 08/12/2009 10:35:49 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks Nutmeg.


38 posted on 08/12/2009 10:36:39 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Kaslin

The progressive Mark Lloyd? The one that writes articles here?

http://www.americanprogress.org/


39 posted on 08/12/2009 10:45:43 AM PDT by mojitojoe (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for the people to remain silent.)
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To: chichipow

They no longer care about making money. What they want to broadcast will be subsidized. The rest will be heavily monitored and regulated.

Look how swell modern television is. That’s the model for radio.


40 posted on 08/12/2009 10:51:23 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: mojitojoe

Honestly, I am not familiar with him


41 posted on 08/12/2009 11:02:00 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system, particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimina¬tion of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules,”

A statement of either staggering stupidity or unbounded duplicity.

The fact of the matter is people don't like to listen to progressive talk radio. There are stations that feature liberal talk radio. They have no audience. Has this buffoon ever heard of Air America? What a failure! They have NPR which is essentially liberal talk radio. Without subsidies they wouldn't be on the air. Their ratings in every community (even liberal) are incredibly low. What a joke this guy is- but he is no joke! He's a very dangerous person as are most of the members of the Obama Administration.
42 posted on 08/12/2009 11:10:43 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Kaslin
Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system

My conclusion is that the gentleman is an idiot.
The gap in conservative and progressive talk radio is based on one thing - audience. No one listened to the highly touted and initially well funded (ahem Senator Diaper-pants). No audience = no sponsorship = no program.

43 posted on 08/12/2009 11:15:15 AM PDT by BlueNgold (Have we crossed the line from Govt. in righteous fear of the People - to a People in fear of Govt??)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I think you are correct


44 posted on 08/12/2009 11:48:19 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: pabianice

Yep, 2010 is coming and with things going the way it is, it will make 1994 look like a day at the beach.


45 posted on 08/12/2009 11:53:26 AM PDT by Biggirl ("God Is Great, Beer Is Good, People Are Crazy"-Billy Cunnington :)=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

Interesting name, but totally correct


46 posted on 08/12/2009 11:55:26 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: GeronL
I did a screen print of this yesterday, added the border and uploaded it to my photobucket account


47 posted on 08/12/2009 12:08:22 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Thats probably not even half of them


48 posted on 08/12/2009 12:12:14 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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