Mark Lloyd, the newly appointed associate general counsel and chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission, is having a rough time of it during his first days on the job. Lloyd has come under fire from some right-wing media sites, after two an article Lloyd authored in 2007 urging liberals to file complaints against conservative talk radio stations came to light.
In "Forget the Fairness Doctrine," Lloyd writes that conservative radio stations have abonded the bottom line as their primary motivator, and are purely ideological organs. He argues, however, that ressurecting the Fairness Doctrine, which forced radio and television stations to give equal time to opposing viewpoints, is not the answer. He does, however, suggest the private radio broadcasters, due to the fact that they use public airwaves, should be required to donate and support public radio.
However, conservative blogs such as Right Pundits say Lloyd is speaking out of the side of his mouth. Writes George Fallon: "Well the nitwit ideas of the left just keep on coming. At number 10 with a bullet is Mark Lloyd. The FCC Chief Diversity Officer is seeking to punish conservative radio broadcasters to increase the funding for NPR (Nitwit Public Radio) based on the surprise findings that 91% of talk radio programming is conservative and 9% is progressive (New word for Socialist)."
08-15-2009 at 12:16 AM