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).
The reason Mr. Lloyd can’t understand is because there is no market in progressive broadcasting and thus no profit. Private companies are in business to make a profit. Public broadcasting is not. Adopting this would silence a large portion of radio or at least create a few thousand oldies stations. Will the Christian stations have offer equal time to the non-Christian views and music? The progressive voice is heard when they call in and voice their views. No one is keeping them doing that. But when they do, most are ranting, make no sense and dodge questions. They are much like the dart throwers on conservative blogs. They come in, throw darts, call names, cuss and leave with a closed mind.
“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.”
In 2006 while at the liberal Center for American Progress Lloyd wrote a book entitled, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America. In the book he presents the idea the private broadcasters (private business) should pay a licensing fees which equals their total operating costs so that public broadcasting station can spend the same on their operations as the private companies do. By doing so he hopes to improve the Corporation for Public Broadcasting currently at $400 Million for 2009.
Not only does he want to redistribute private profits, he wants to regulate much of the programming on these stations to make sure they focus on “diverse views” (Progressive Views) and government activities. I am all for that when I see on PBS a conservative voice next to Bill Moyers. And when I hear a conservative voice on NRP or just voice on NRP that sounds excited with some passion.
He suggests that large corporate broadcasting networks have driven liberals off of radio. His idea is that having diversity ownership will reflect diversity in programming. That is not true. Liberals drove themselves of radio because they have no ideas except doom and gloom and business owners do not want to be a part of that. Plus broadcast, like primetime television lives or dies based on ratings. Get low ratings and you are off the air.
Mark Lloyd FCC Chief Diversity Officer
This is about control and tax revenue. It is not about diversity or equalizing the radio market. Mark Lloyd like most liberals wants to control our lives and what better way then with taxes. To punish a successful private business should be a crime.