In September 2009 it was brought to our attention that the newly appointed FCC’s Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd had seemed to be in favor of Chavez’s “incredible revolution” and the importance that the media played in those events. His statements were made at The National Conference for Media Reform in 2008 This picture was also taken at this conference in the hallways
Pictured with Lloyd is Jeanette Foreman a “grassroots” media activist, attorney and spitting image of the type of media revolution that Lloyd seems to appreciate coming from hard line leftists. While vying for a more open media, Foreman is caught on tape openly violating the Georgia Open Meetings Act when she physically attacks the man who showed up to record their meeting. (takes place at the end of the video at 2:05)
In 2007 Foreman co-authored along with Betty Yu (freepress.net), Alfredo Lopez (Puerto Rican Socialist Party), and Sakura Saunders (from the Soros funded CorpWatch/TIDES foundation) “Imagining the (UN)thinkable: Community Media over the next five years” for the Funding Exchange Media Justice Fund
In that same year the Funding Exchange Media Justice Fund received $1.5 million from the Ford Foundation in what they called “one of the largest single grants by a major foundation in the emerging social movement known as media justice.” Amongst the Ford Foundation’s massive list of donations are in fact Freepress.net as well as The Tides Foundation.
In “Imagining the (UN)thinkable” Alfredo Lopez identifies the problem as being that the “Internet is run by white men” and until we address this problem oppression will continue to run rampant in this digital age. Sounds very similar to what Mark Lloyd said at the Free Press sponsored National Conference for Media Reform
In the spirit of combating a manufactured oppression, and after years of hard work from astro-turf organizations, we are finally starting to see the emergence of a National Broadband plan and quite possibly a “Digital Literary Corps” (as pointed out in the New York Times). And today we learn that Hugo Chazev is calling for internet control due to an inaccurate story about him in the Venezuelan media. I wonder if these advocates of “free press” and “internet for all” will act the same way with the people whom disagree with them. Their speech and behavior sure seem to indicate they in fact would. Imagine the (UN)thinkable