President Barack Obama's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the names of the thirty-one members of their Advisory Committee On Diversity For Communications In The Digital Age. This May 7 gathering is made up of a laundry list of left-wing grievance groups, with a smattering of radio and television companies included to break up the monotony.
Not a single conservative organization is taking part in this Commission - more than a dozen Leftist groups are. A little ironic for a "diversity" panel, is it not?
Yes, yes it is.
While they are trying to go through the back door to silence conservative voices, proponents of the doctrine claim that it isn't about diversity in ideology, but about racial, gender, etc:
On February 26, Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin - one of the myriad past "Fairness" Doctrine champions - sponsored an amendment, passed via a 57-41 Party-line vote, which forces the FCC to "take actions to encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership and to ensure that broadcast station licenses are used in the public interest."
About which Durbin said at the time: "No one is suggesting that the law for the FCC says that you can give this license to a Republican and this one to a Democrat and this one to a liberal and this one to a conservative. When we talk about diversity in media ownership, it relates primarily to gender, race and other characteristics of that nature."
Here's how the diversity committee partially breaks down:
• Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media (Rivera's outfit)
• Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
• Black Entertainment Television Holdings, Inc.
• Afro-American Newspapers
• Inner City Broadcasting
• National Urban League
• National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
• Spanish Broadcasting System
• American Women in Radio and Television
• Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc.
• Asian American Justice Center
Feel the exclusive multiculturalism. I thought segregation ended a long time ago. It seems to be back. However, instead of segregating by race, they seem to want to segregate us by ideology.
Newsbusters' Seton Motley calls out their "diversity" for what it really is:
The proponents of station owner affirmative action are the same Leftists who were so ardently in favor of reinstating the Doctrine. One can thusly be forgiven for seeing this as an alternative route for the Left to reach their long-sought original destination - the silencing of conservative and Christian talk radio via governmental regulatory fiat.
We must not be fooled by the new terminology. If looks, talks, and walks like the "Fairness" Doctrine it is the "Fairness" Doctrine just repackaged. They are violating the 1st amendment just thinking about implementing federally enforced law that would force stations to silence conservative through the back door.