Glenn Beck Targets Pro-Marxist FCC Czar Mark Lloyd
Posted August 31, 2009on:
UPDATE: March 19, 2010
The FTC on Steroids: Will the ‘National Nanny’ Take Over the Internet and the New Information Economy?
Posted by Jim Harper
Writing on the TechLiberationFront blog, Berin Szoka warns of the extensive Internet regulation that could come with huge grants of authority to the Federal Trade Commission in H.R. 4173, the “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009.”
Congress is about to reinvent the FTC as the “National Nanny” it was well on its way to becoming back in the 1970s. Today, the FTC is not merely the general overseer of our economy, but the key regulator of the Internet. If the Senate passes Rep. Frank’s bill with its so-called “improvements” to the FTC Act, future generations will look back and wonder why, without even taking the time to consider what it was doing, Congress radically transformed Internet governance as an afterthought to financial regulatory overhaul.
This really is a must read article. People need to understand how Marxist this man really is and just exactly what he is planning to do to broadcast radio. And make no mistake, once freedom of speech in one area is crushed athen they will be coming for you in your schools, churches and homes.
2005 testimony that Lloyd provided to a congressional forum…raises even more questions about his totalitarian mind-set and background.
Raising new concerns about another controversial Obama Administration official, testimony has surfaced from Mark Lloyd, the new Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in which he praises Paul Robeson, the communist actor and singer who was an apologist for Soviet dictator and mass murderer Joseph Stalin.
Declaring that media bias “led to the persecution of Paul Robeson and the promotion of Joe McCarthy,” Lloyd tried to convey the impression that Robeson had been unfairly targeted by anti-communist congressional investigations, perhaps by Senator McCarthy himself, and that the media had been part of the process. The Lloyd testimony is available on video or in somewhat separate form as a prepared statement.
While Robeson deserved praise for his artistic talents, there is no excuse at this late date for ignorance about Robeson’s real record not only as a secret member of the Communist Party USA but as an apologist for communist tyranny. Lloyd’s comments suggest that he would have preferred that the media not make an issue of Robeson’s involvement in an international movement that has cost the lives of more than 100 million people.
At a 2008 “media reform” conference sponsored by the George Soros-funded Free Press organization, Lloyd declared that the Marxist revolution in Venezuela under Chavez was “incredible” and “dramatic” but that the “property owners and the folks who were then controlling the media in Venezuela rebelled” against the would-be dictator and supported a coup against him. However, Lloyd said that Chavez wised up and “then started to take the media seriously…”
The implication of these remarks is that Chavez dealt with his opponents in the media by trying to control or silence them, and that Lloyd supports that strategy when dealing with opponents of revolutionary Marxism here in the U.S.\
Lloyd’s May 24, 2005, testimony came before Conyers, the “people’s congressman,” as a member of a left-wing panel entitled “Media Bias and the Future of Freedom of the Press.” The members of the panel and their affiliations at the time were:
- Al Franken, the Al Franken Show on Air America Radio, author of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.
- David Brock, founder of Media Matters.
- Randi Rhodes, the Randi Rhodes Show on Air America Radio.
- Joe Madison, The Black Eagle Radio Show.
- Justin Webb, Senior Washington Correspondent of BBC News.
- Eric Alterman, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
- Steve Rendall, media watchdog group FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting).
- John Aravosis, America Blog.
- Mark Lloyd, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
It is noteworthy that Lloyd has followed the same path to an Obama Administration job as communist Van Jones, now the “Green Jobs Czar” at the White House Office of Environmental Quality. Jones, too, had worked at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress.
Significantly, Lloyd’s official FCC bio notes that he was the General Counsel of the Benton Foundation. This is the group, as we noted in an AIM Report “The Plan for Government-Funded Socialist Media,” that “is spearheading efforts to get the federal ‘stimulus’ money into the hands of ‘progressive” groups and state and local governments.”
It is apparent that Lloyd believes that new taxpayer-funded “public media” should replace private media companies that he believes have violated the public trust and which stand in the way of the Obama revolution.
“Our communication system supports a vibrant commercial media but ignores the needs of a government of the people,” he said. “The bias inherent in such a system promotes the agenda of corporations not citizens.”
He went on, “If we really want news we can trust, we must create a structure that makes it possible and we must pay for it. One way to do this is to require commercial media to pay full fare for their access to public resources and use that money to fully support public service media in the U.S.”
The appointment of Lloyd, who had also served as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/ Education Fund, was announced on July 29 by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.
Like the Van Jones position, Lloyd was not subject to Senate confirmation.
However, Senator Charles Grassley sent an August 14 letter to Genachowski, questioning the appointment and Lloyd’s views.
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