Saving Mark Lloyd – the FCC’s socialist diversity czar

August 26, 2010 14:53

Obama’s Federal Communications Commission “Diversity Czar” Mark Lloyd once said: There are few things, I think, more frightening in the American mind than dark-skinned black men. Here I am.

From Ron Arnold’s Left Tracking Library

Lloyd, a 55-year-old civil-rights attorney, took office on August 4, 2009, in Obama’s newly created FCC post of Associate General Counsel / Chief Diversity Officer. The post of chief diversity officer in the FCC, unlike the same job title in corporations and universities, has no policy-making power and no control over the FCC’s budget ($335,794,000 for 2010). But his socialist views before being appointed alarmed Americans far more than his dark skin.
The Wall Street Journal said, Mr. Lloyd in the past has criticized corporate ownership of media outlets, saying it has led to conservative dominance of talk radio.”

The WSJ also noted that Lloyd was a senior fellow at John Podesta’s Center for American Progress in 2007, and co-authored a report “that proposed ways the FCC could change the balance of conservatives to progressives on talk radio by imposing new rules on the radio industry, such as more frequent license renewals and a national radio-ownership cap.”

Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) headlined an editorial, “Diversity Czar Threatens Free Speech,” with a subhead reading:

1st Amendment: Mark Lloyd, a disciple of Saul Alinsky and fan of Hugo Chavez, wants to destroy talk radio and says free speech is a distraction. The new FCC diversity “czar” says Venezuela is an example we should follow.

To underscore the Chavez remark, IBD quoted a June 10 video of Lloyd at the Free Press 2008 National Conference for Media Reform, which showed him saying:

In Venezuela, with Chavez, it’s really an incredible revolution – a democratic revolution.  To begin to put in place things that are going to have an impact on the people of Venezuela.

The property owners and the folks who then controlled the media in Venezuela rebelled – worked, frankly, with folks here in the U.S. government – worked to oust him.  But he came back with another revolution, and then Chavez began to take very seriously the media in his country.

Mr. Lloyd’s praise of Chavez earned him a place on an old Soviet propaganda poster of Lenin / Lloyd leading the people to socialist glory – not exactly something the Obama administration wanted Americans to think about their Federal Communications Commission Diversity Czar.

Investor’s Business Daily editors did not mischaracterize Lloyd, who did indeed refer extensively in his 2006 book, Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America, to Saul Alinsky as a model for activists (pages 249 and 271 through 276), and indeed Lloyd calls for an all-out “confrontational movement” against private media.

But the truth could not be allowed to stand. So an army of Obama non-profit supporters came forward to deny it all by changing the subject and not addressing the concerns. So, on September 16, 2009, a letter went to the FCC’s Commissioners and selected members of Congress with the title, “Public Interest and Civil Rights Groups Speak Out Against Unfounded Attacks on Mark Lloyd.” It had the sub-title:
More than 50 organizations call on the FCC and Congress to support the work of the FCC diversity officer and to correct the record on localism and diversity policies

What the long letter didn’t say was how closely connected to Obama the 55 authors were and how rich their groups were from left-wing donors including George Soros, Peter Lewis, and other ultra-partisan Democrat fat-cats. Groups with combined annual revenues of several hundred million dollars put full effort into keeping Obama’s Media Diversity Czar in office.


Josh Silver
Free Press

Wade Henderson
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights $1,073,950

Winnie Stachelberg

Center for American Progress $26,638,475

James Rucker

Color Of Change
( $343,651

Stephanie Jones

National Urban League Policy Institute $47,145,386

Brent Wilkes

League of United Latin American Citizens (Income Secret)

Larry Cohen
Communications Workers of America $176,856,960

Alex Nogales
National Hispanic Media Coalition $559,071

Bernie Lunzer

The Newspaper Guild

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Kimberly Marcus
Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Public Policy Institute
(Income secret)

Malkia Cyril

Center for Media Justice

Andrew Schwartzman

Media Access Project

John Kosinski

Writers Guild of America West $23,196,986

Sandy Close

New America Media

(Project of Pacific News Service)

Amalia Deloney

Media Action Grassroots Network (Project of Center for Media Justice)
Angelo Falcon
National Institute for Latino Policy $2,325

Michael Calabrese
New America Foundation

Melanie Campbell
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation $2,089,992

Gigi Sohn
Public Knowledge $687,720

Rinku Sen
Applied Research Center $2,555,600

John Clark
National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians  $424,306

Graciela Sanchez
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Mimi Pickering
Appalshop $1,526,372

Steven Renderos
Main Street Project $557,880

Hal Ponder
American Federation of Musicians $12,210,236

Tracy Rosenberg
Media Alliance $139,150

Terry O’Neill
National Organization for Women


Roger Hickey
Campaign for America’s Future

Andrea Quijada

New Mexico Media Literacy Project
(Southwestern Alternate Media Projects, Inc.)

Jonathan Lawson
Reclaim the Media
(Center for Social Justice – Seattle)

DeAnne Cuellar
Texas Media Empowerment Project
(Esperanza Peace and Justice Center) $596,597

Chris Rabb
Afro-Netizen (Bread & Roses Community Fund)

Loris Ann Taylor
Center for Native American Public Radio
(National Federation of Community Broadcasters)

Lisa Fager Bediako

Industry Ears
(Form 990 not available)

O. Ricardo Pimentel
National Association of Hispanic Journalists $1,159,872

Todd Wolfson
Media Mobilizing Project

Erica Williams

Campus Progress
(Center for American Progress)

Gary Flowers
Black Leadership Forum

Eva Paterson
Equal Justice Society

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

Hip Hop Caucus
Peace Action Education Fund  $871,694

Cheryl Contee
Jack and Jill Politics (BLOGGERPOWER ORG)

Dr. E. Faye Williams
National Congress of Black Women $496,705

Emily Sheketoff
American Library Association $57,224,984

Ari Rabin-Havt

Media Matters Action Network(Form 990 not available)

Kathryn Galan
National Association of Latino Independent Producers $1,021,182
Roberto Lovato

(writer, blogger)

Joshua Breitbart

People’s Production House
(fiscal sponsor: Fund for the City of New York)$34,682,290

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Karen Bond

National Black Coalition for Media Justice
(no record of incorporation or exempt status)

Tracy Van Slyke
Media Consortium
(fiscal sponsor: National Training & Information Center)

Shireen Mitchell

Digital Sisters, Inc
(fiscal sponsor:
National Council of Women’s Organizations) $371,153

Tessie Guillermo
: $1,286,208

Ariel Dougherty
Media Equity Collaborative (fiscal sponsor: International Media Project)

Helen Soule

Alliance for Community Media


Helen De Michiel
National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture
(a non-exempt professional network)

Carol Pierson

National Federation of Community Broadcasters

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