NBC, Universal, Comcast cave to FCC Diversity

Go to Update from Hot Air F.C.C. will approve the merger, with one dissent.

Looks like the Czars are winning. While we dither about being civil, the march to the loss of freedom of the air waves seem to go unnoticed. The intrusiveness of the FCC is worrisome.

The media giants also agreed to allow black leaders to have influence over NBC’s news programming.

The first step: The Sherrods won their first black radio station last year. The Sherrods, from the Black Farmers lawsuit: Pigford V. Vislack. That was the  first I am sure of many. Vid below. Now Comcast and NBC. They only need to control the Internet and the FCC will have it.

The pending merger between NBC Universal and Comcast appears to have received Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s support because of the companies’ recent promises to the NAACP, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the National Urban League and several Hispanic and Asian civil rights organizations. The two media giants promised more “diversity” in new and existing programming, and in all levels of the company and they promised more minority characters in existing television programs and more new programs targeted at the specific racial minorities.

NBCU will strive to ensure the presentation of diverse viewpoints by seeking the expanded participation of minorities on its news and public affairs programming,” the companies promised in writing to black leaders. “To advance this goal, NBCU will consider suggestions from the African American Advisory Council of individuals who could be considered for such participation.”

“In addition, Comcast Cable is committed to launching a package o f 40-60 Spanish-language channels in all of its major Latino markets, with a balanced mix of programming serving all demographics and strongly promoting a diversity of Latino voices,” the companies promised in writing to Hispanic leaders. “Comcast Cable also will more than double its 600 hours of Latino VOD content, continue to add SAP-enabled offerings, and offer thousands of choices within a few years.”

The media giants also agreed to allow black leaders to have influence over NBC’s news programming. In addition to programming “diversity,” the Comcast and NBC Universal Memorandums of Understanding with different race-specific civil rights groups promise “diversity” in company employment, in supplier and vendor procurement and in “philanthropy and community investment.”

The Real Story behind Net Neutrality

I hesitated about writing about Net Neutrality. It seemed to be covered by everyone. However, this is nothing less than shocking. I urge everyone to read the expose in its entirety. Click on the Wall Street Journal link embedded in the story.

From: American Thinker

Behind the innocent-sounding name and expressed aims of the FCC’s Net Neutrality initiative, voted in by the Commission yesterday by a 3-2 partisan vote, is a very sinister leftist agenda. John Fund of the Wall Street Journal has done excellent work researching the origins of the policy, and what he has found is shocking. 

The net neutrality vision for government regulation of the Internet began with the work of Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor who founded the liberal lobby Free Press in 2002. Mr. McChesney’s agenda? “At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies,” he told the website SocialistProject in 2009. “But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”

Not having private companies in control means having the government in control. McChesney is pretty specific about what this means:

A year earlier, Mr. McChesney wrote in the Marxist journal Monthly Review that “any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself.” Mr. McChesney told me in an interview that some of his comments have been “taken out of context.” He acknowledged that he is a socialist and said he was “hesitant to say I’m not a Marxist.”

For a man with such radical views, Mr. McChesney and his Free Press group have had astonishing influence. Mr. Genachowski’s press secretary at the FCC, Jen Howard, used to handle media relations at Free Press. The FCC’s chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd, co-authored a Free Press report calling for regulation of political talk radio.

More at : American Thinker

FCC to take up Rationing of the Internet at December meeting- Net Neutrality

Is this a surprise or what?… last night on NBC Headline news a report that Bandwidth may be running out. Of all of the news stories for a header, this one. So no surprise here. They really are transparent after all. They send their lackey, NBC, to herald the good news. December 21, another Holiday dump. http://reboot.fcc.gov/live/ Yes,streaming vids takes up a lot of space, but this will only open Pandora’s box.

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday a tentative agenda for its next meeting on December 21,that included an order to adopt regulations “to preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, competition and free expression.”

The thrust of the proposal has shifted from purely preserving openness to now simultaneously acknowledging the need for broadband rationing,” Craig Moffett, an analyst with Bernstein Research, said in an email.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will give brief remarks at 10:30 a.m. EST on his plans for open Internet principles.

The agency said the rules would protect the transmission of lawful Internet traffic for consumers, while giving broadband providers the flexibility to manage their networks.

Genachowski previously proposed reclassifying broadband to regulate it similar to telephone services. The move was intended to re-establish oversight after a U.S. appeals court ruled that the FCC lacked the authority to stop Comcast from blocking bandwidth-hogging applications.

More at reuters

FCC, Senate Coming after the Internet – ‘Net Neutrality’ – Copyright

We had been warned. What they could not do by legislation or even the Courts, they would do by fiat. Looks like its coming down to this.  Even thought the courts ruled that they had no power to do this. The Dictatorship has begun. Read and weep about our earlier post on the 9th:Net Neutrality died with the election loss of all 95 house and senate supporters oh, we thought we had a win!

It now appears Genachowski, after receiving significant pressure from net neutrality advocates and public interest groups to take action after congressional efforts failed, is picking up where Waxman left off.

“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is putting together a net neutrality proposal and plans to take action on the controversial issue as early as next month, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation.

Details of the proposal being developed by Genachowski’s office are unclear, but sources say it could be similar to the deal stakeholders tried to reach with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) earlier this fall.

President Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to implement net neutrality rules. Genachowski’s plans to carry out that promise were hampered when a federal court ruled the FCC did not have legal authority to adopt the regulations.

Read more: Read more at Politico

And if that is not enough! Senate Committee Approves Controversial IP Bill

 In short COICS allows censorship without due process  The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a controversial IP protection bill introduced by U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

According to Computerworld, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) would require domain registrars and Internet service providers to block access to websites the U.S. says is involved in copyright infringement. As the article explains:

In essence, COICA would allow the [Department of Justice] to file a civil, in rem action to seek a preliminary injunction against any website it determines is peddling copyrighted material and/or counterfeit goods.

IT Business Edge

FCC Chairman Ducks Question About FCC Official’s First Amendment Views

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, after testifying at a congressional hearing on texting while driving Wednesday, was asked whether he agreed with Mark Lloyd’s views on the First Amendment. He refused to say if he agrees with the FCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Czar Mark Lloyd that freedom of speech is an “exaggeration” and that concerns about free speech serve only as a “distraction” from policy debates.
 
Instead of answering the question, Genachowski said he would rather focus on drivers who are distracted by text-messaging.
 
CNSNews.com: Your Chief Diversity Office, Mark Lloyd, wrote in 2006 that freedom of speech had become an exaggeration and that free speech concerns served to distract from policy debates. Do you agree with those statements? Genachowski: We’re here today to talk about distracted driving, and today is a day to focus attention on that issue and that’s what we’ve done.
 In his book, Mark Lloyd said his approach to communications was inspired by left-wing radical Saul Alinsky.
 
“We looked to successful political campaigns and organizers as a guide, especially the civil rights movement, Saul Alinsky, and the campaign to prevent the Supreme Court nomination of the ultra-conservative jurist Robert Bork. From those sources we drew inspiration and guidance,” Lloyd wrote.
 
Alinksy, author of the book “Rules for Radicals,” wrote that his methods were intended to guide people intent on overturning the American system.
 
“’The Prince’ was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power,” Alinsky explained. “’Rules for Radicals’ is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.”

Time for America to take back our Country!

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