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Mark Lloyd, FCC Diversity Czar, and Cass Sustein, Regulatory Czar: Progressive Radical Socialist Silencing of Free Speech On Internet Blogs and Talk Radio

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Live From The Ministry Of Truth


U.S. Constitution: First Amendment

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”


“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

~Alexis de Tocqueville


“No censor, no emperor, no pope, has ever possessed the power to suppress intellectual freedom which would be possessed by a socialist community.”

~Ludwig von Mises


“A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own, which he is entitled to follow, can have no respect for the dignity of the individual, and cannot really know freedom.”

~Friedrich A. Hayek




Glenn Beck: “Speak without fear”

Glenn Beck Interviews Rush Limbaugh On Czars and Freedom of Speech- Part 1

Glenn Beck Interviews Rush Limbaugh On Czars and Freedom of Speech- Part 2 


Glenn Beck on Obama’s New ‘Fairness Doctrine’, FCC Diversity Czar [Chief Diversity Officer]

Glenn Beck on Barack Obama’s Controversial Regulation Czar Choice Cass Sunstein [FOX News]

O’Reilly & Beck Targeted by Radical Far Left Groups

Rush Limbaugh on Hannity (3 of 4): Obama – More Control Over Our Lives

An Open Letter To President Obama – Wall Street Journal (The Fairness Doctrine) / Rush Limbaugh


The Doctrine Part 1 of 2

The Doctrine Part 2 of 2

Fairness Doctrine Comes To The Internet

Cass Sunstein, Obama’s handpicked Regulation Czar

First they ignore you.

Second they ridicule you.

Third they lie about you.

Fourth they try to silence you.

Who are they?

They is the far left consisting of Marxists, Communists, Progressives, Radicals, and Socialists of the far left Democratic Party.

This pattern is followed daily by the far left in attacks on both internet bloggers and talk radio show hosts.

The two new very sharp point men  for Obama’s attempt to silence his critics are Mark Lloyd, FCC Diversity Czar /Commissar and Cass Sunstein, Regulatory Czar/Commissar.

Trying to silence talk radio is a dangerous game for anyone for the simple reason they forget that millions are listening.

The American people are revoluting against the far left progressive radical socialist Democratic Party lead by President Obama.

Glenn Beck’s request that you download the videos from YouTube and store them on your computer should be taken.

I have noticed recently that a number of videos that are in any way critical of Obama and the progressive radical socialist Democratic Party are no longer available on YouTube.

Google executives are Obama supporters and are apparently cooperating with the censors in the White House.

Reminds me of rewriting history in the Ministry of Truth from George  Orwell’s book 1984 and the movie 1984-Videos  as well as Stalin’s Soviet Union and Mao’s Communist China.


Totalitarianism With A Smiley Face

“In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them. ”

~Alexis de Tocqueville


“There is simply no other choice than this: either to abstain from interference in the free play of the market, or to delegate the entire management of production and distribution to the government. Either capitalism or socialism: there exists no middle way.”

~Ludwig von Mises


“The argument for Liberty is not an argument against organization, which is one of the most powerful tools human reasoning can employ, but an argument against all exclusive, privilege, monopolistic organization, against the use of coercion to prevent others from doing better.”

~Friedrich A. Hayek 


Background Articles and Videos


FCC’s Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd’s Effort To Silence Free Speech

“…It appears as though Mark Lloyd, Obama’s new Diversity Czar, has been given his marching orders. He is charged with a back door effort to bring back the fairness doctrine.

Lloyd is a Senior Fellow from the far left Center for American Progress, which is an organization that already has their finger prints on much of Obama’s agenda.

Lloyd wrote in his book, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America..

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) must be reformed along democratic lines and funded on a substantial level,”

“Federal and regional broadcast operations and local stations should be funded at levels commensurate with or above those spending levels at which commercial operations are funded,” Lloyd wrote. “This funding should come from license fees charged to commercial broadcasters. Funding should not come from congressional appropriations. Sponsorship should be prohibited at all public broadcasters.”

Along with this money, Lloyd would regulate much of the programming on these stations to make sure they focused on “diverse views” and government activities. link

It’s plainly clear that Lloyd wants government control over all radio content, thus  silencing free speech, specifically ideas with a conservative or libertarian viewpoint. Believe me, if radio was dominated by a progressive point of view from the extreme left, there would be no push to regulate free expression on the airwaves. This is just an attempt to back door the fairness doctrine and shut down dissenting views.

Meet the FCC Diversity Czar

By Michelle Malkin  

“…The far Left Center for American Progress has its tentacles everywhere.

I noted in my column on the Internet Snitch Brigade this morning that former CAP operatives have been installed at HHS and work closely with the health care czar.

At Newsbusters, Seton Motley reports on the new FCC “Diversity Officer” — a racial engineering czar who has been targeting conservative talk radio since his days working for CAP.

Know your enemy:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced a new “Chief Diversity Officer,” communications attorney Mark Lloyd.

But Doctor of Jurisprudence Lloyd is far more than merely a communications attorney. He was at one time a Senior Fellow at the uber-liberal Center for American Progress (CAP), for whom he co-wrote a June 2007 report entitled “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio.”

Which rails against the fact that the American people overwhelmingly prefer to listen to conservative (and Christian) talk radio rather than the liberal alternative, and suggests ways the federal government can remedy this free-market created “problem.”

* Restore local and national caps on the ownership of commercial radio stations.
* Ensure greater local accountability over radio licensing.
* Require commercial owners who fail to abide by enforceable public interest obligations to pay a fee to support public broadcasting.

These last two get perilously close to the use of “localism” to silence conservative (and Christian) radio stations, about which we have been warning for quite some time. …”

Mark Lloyd, Obama/Soros hitman at the FCC [Darleen Click]

“…Gotta love that new title Mr. Lloyd has acquired

Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer 

A Senior Fellow at the George Soros’ Center for American Progress, Mark Lloyd’s antipathy towards non-leftist participation in the public square is well known. He has written two anti-free speech hit pieces on “conservative talk radio” … a CAP “analysis” “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio” which never examines talk radio in the larger sphere as being the only alternative to Leftist dominated broadcast television (news and entertainment), newspapers, university and college campuses … and “Forget the Fairness Doctrine”, a whiney little piece where Lloyd tries to bare his teeth against people who oppose his conclusions in the first piece and defends his Trojan Horse plan to achieve his own STFU policy towards conservative talk radio with so-called “local diversity” objectives.

No, nothing to worry about here with Lloyd at the FCC.

Radio free-speech advocates aren’t buying it

Zogby/O’Leary Poll shows most American voters disagree with Mark
Lloyd’s call for Fairness Doctrine-style censorship 

By Brad O’Leary

Washington, D.C. — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski recently appointed Mark Lloyd, a former senior fellow at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP), to be the FCC’s “Chief Diversity Officer.” Lloyd is a proponent of the Fairness Doctrine and recently wrote that the Doctrine, and other regulatory tools such as localism and diversity mandates, should be employed by the FCC to limit the number of conservative voices on the air and supplant them with liberal voices. He also suggests fining conservative radio stations up to $250 million and giving the proceeds to national public radio. According to polling conducted by Zogby International and The O’Leary Report, most American voters disagree with
what Lloyd prescribes. …”

“Regulatory Czar” Wants Bloggers to Just Shut Up

“…Sunstein’s First Amendment

It is Sunstein’s “Global Chilling” position on the First Amendment about which Kyle Smith writes:

    Cass Sunstein, a Harvard Law professor who has been appointed to a shadowy post that will grant him powers that are merely mind-boggling, explicitly supports using the courts to impose a “chilling effect” on speech that might hurt someone’s feelings. He thinks that the bloggers have been rampaging out of control and that new laws need to be written to corral them. Advance copies of Sunstein’s new book, On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done, have gone out to reviewers ahead of its September publication date, but considering the prominence with which Sunstein is about to be endowed, his worrying views are fair game now. Sunstein is President Obama’s choice to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. It’s the bland titles that should scare you the most.“Although obscure,” reported the Wall Street Journal, “the post wields outsize power. It oversees regulations throughout the government, from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Obama aides have said the job will be crucial as the new administration overhauls financial-services regulations, attempts to pass universal health care and tries to forge a new approach to controlling emissions of greenhouse gases.”

Smith assumes Sunstein got his gig due his earlier book, Nudge, “which suggests that government ought to gently force people to be better human beings.”

Although that could be the reason, the fact that Sunstein is a long-time Obama fan — and married to Samantha Power, another Obama cheerleader — most likely weighed heavily in POTUS’s choice.

Bloggers beware. Smith informs:

    Sunstein also believes that – whether you’re a blogger, The New York Times or a Web hosting service – you should be held responsible even for what your commenters say. […]“As we have seen,” Sunstein writes, having shown us no such thing, “falsehoods can undermine democracy itself.” What Sunstein means by that sentence is pretty clear: He doesn’t like so-called false rumors about his longtime University of Chicago friend and colleague, Barack Obama.

RBO agrees with Smith, this sounds like a lot of stuff and nonsense: …”

A Czar Too Far

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

“…Meet your future Regulatory Czar – Mr. Cass Sunstein. He is a so-called American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law and behavioral economics. For 27 years, Sunstein taught at the University of Chicago Law School where he continues to teach as the Harry Kalven Visiting Professor. Sunstein is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Sunstein will head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration if confirmed – in other words, he will be the new Regulatory Czar.

Sunstein is a proponent of the ‘nudge’ philosophy – Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness:

By a nudge we mean anything that influences our choices. A school cafeteria might try to nudge kids toward good diets by putting the healthiest foods at front. We think that it’s time for institutions, including government, to become much more user-friendly by enlisting the science of choice to make life easier for people and by gentling nudging them in directions that will make their lives better. …”

Obama’s FCC diversity engineers strike again

By Michelle Malkin  

“…The diversity-mongers on Barack Obama’s FCC bean-counting panel don’t like how a private radio ratings system is working out for their pet stations.

So they’re putting pressure on the government to make Arbitron change its measurement tools to ensure politically correct results.

Brian Maloney at The Radio Equalizer reports.

Who needs the Fairness Doctrine? The race-based enforcers on the FCC are in the house.


Previous: Fairness Doctrine Watch: The FCC’s “Diversity Panel”

Previous: FCC: Funding Cronyism of Color …”


Fairness Doctrine

By Charles J. Sykes

“…The term “fairness” is, of course, a misnomer here: the doctrine demands heavy-handed, content-based speech regulation by the Federal Communications Commission. At best, the Fairness Doctrine would be Affirmative Action for Air America. At worst, it would be a cudgel to bludgeon troublesome political opponents and stultify political debate.

But despite the current enthusiasm for its restoration on the left, the Fairness Doctrine is both legally and technologically obsolete, based on principles that have already been rejected by the courts, and justifications that have been swept away by the transformation in the media over the last two decades.


At the time the doctrine was first promulgated, there were only three networks and a mere handful of broadcast outlets. Today there are hundreds: satellite radio, cable television, and the interne. The case for government control has never been weaker.


Supporters of the Fairness Doctrine argued then, and now, that broadcast speech is uniquely subject to government regulation because it is carried over what liberals like to call the “publicly owned airwaves.” According to this argument, the scarcity of spots on radio and television spectrum justified government regulation and exempted broadcast speech from the First Amendment protections enjoyed by newspapers and other media (including, for the time being, the internet and cable.)


But the argument that the airwaves are “public” is remarkably weak. Far from granting the government greater powers for regulation, the fact that airwaves are public ought to give such speech even greater protection. Private individuals or entities can limit speech, but government cannot; speech in a private mall or office can be regulated; but speech in the public square enjoys special protections, precisely because it is public, where the powers of the censor are the most tightly constrained.


Moreover, the argument that broadcast speech can be regulated because it is carried on “public airwaves,” could also be applied to newspapers that are, after all, delivered using publicly-owned roads; cable stations are transmitted over government-sanctioned cable lines; satellites transmit through the (publicly owned?) atmosphere; and magazines and other materials are sent through the U.S. Mail. Are they also subject to government regulation because of their mode of dissemination?


This is not merely speculation. In the mid-1980s, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit specifically rejected the argument that the government’s granting of usable frequencies to broadcasters was a justification for granting broadcast speech a lesser standard of free speech protections.
“A publisher can deliver his newspapers only because the government provides streets and regulates traffic on the streets by allocating rights of way,” the judges wrote. “Yet no one would contend that the necessity for these governmental functions, which are certainly analogous to the government’s function in allocating broadcast frequencies, could justify regulation of the content of the newspaper to ensure that it serves the needs of the citizens.”[1] …”

Rush and Beck on the Fairness Doctrine threat

By Michelle Malkin  

“…In case you missed it yesterday, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck spotlighted Team Obama’s direct and indirect threats to free speech — and how the Fairness Doctrine (or some stealthier form of it) might be reinstituted.

Watch the whole thing.

Rush has the full transcript. An excerpt: …”

NCMR 2008 Media Reform and Social Change w/Mark Lloyd 1/2


NCMR 2008 Media Reform and Social Change w/Mark Lloyd 2/2


Mark Lloyd on the Future of Media from 2005

Mark Lloyd on the need for independent news]

Cass Sunstein’s new book Nudge

Fairness Doctrine Comes To The Internet

Fairness Doctrine Comes To The Internet


Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) questions Cass Sunstein regarding his stance on hunting


Opening Statement

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Mark Steyn: Canada’s Attack on Free Speech

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Project 2996–Remembering A Life Ended On 9/11 With A Post On Your Blog Or Web Site–Call For Volunteers

Posted on August 26, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Foreign Policy, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, People, Quotations, Raves, Video, War, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , |

Remembering 9/11 seven years later




What is 2996?

Project 2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11.

On September 11, 2006, more than 3,000 bloggers joined together to remember the victims of 9/11.

Each year we will honor them by remembering their lives, and not by remembering their murderers.

If you would like to help out, by pledging to post a tribute on your own blog on 9/11 of this year, click the button at the top of the sidebar. Then, use the web to learn something about the life of the name you are given, and on 9/11, post your tribute your blog or website.

But, and this is critical, the tributes should celebrate the lives of these people–kind of like a wake. Over the last 5 years we’ve heard the names of the killers, and all about the victim’s deaths. This is a chance to learn about and celebrate those who died. Forget the murderers, they don’t deserve to be remembered. But some people who died that day deserve to be remembered––2,996 people.

Thank you,

Dale Challener Roe


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Bloggers needed for 2,996 Project

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Katie Favazza is helping spread the word. Please click here to sign up, participate, and spread the word.  …”


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