Attack! Free Press and Mark Lloyd (FCC) associate physically attacks cameraman

The left is always on edge. While they push for openness in the media their behavior illustrates they do not support any type transparency. In the video below Jeanette Foreman of Free Press physically assaults a camera man for recording a meeting. According to Georgia’s open meeting laws taping this event is totally legal. Foreman doesn’t like that and takes matters into her own hands. Before the attack board members express their contempt for this rule.

At the start of this blog this was one of our early posts. Considering how influential Free Press and similar groups have become since the appointment of Mark Lloyd as the FCC “Diversity Czar”, its time to revisit this unfortunate but typical behavior of the left.

Mark Lloyd came under fire after his remarks about Hugo Chavez’s “incredible” revolution in Venezuela that largely depended on media cooperation. Those remarks were made at the National Conference for Media Reform in 2008. Jeanette Foreman (the attacker) also attended this conference and even took a minute to pose with Lloyd at the event.

Jeanette Foreman (left) with Mark Lloyd (FCC Diversity Czar)

Foreman herself is not only an associate of Free Press but also teamed up with other Free Press associates, Like Betty Yu, to author the “Imagining The (UN)thinkable: Community Media over the next 5 years”. Other co-authors include Alfredo Lopez of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party and Sakura Saunders who is an activist with Corp Watch. That activist group is funded by the Open Society Institute and the Tides Foundation.

Jeannette Foreman with Betty Yu (Free Press)

The Funding Exchange Media Justice Fund

The report cited above “Imagine the (UN)thinkable” was funded through the Media Justice Fund (Funding Exchange) to the tune of $1.5 million dollars. It was “one of the largest single grants by a major foundation in the emerging social movements known as media justice . According to the findings, Alfredo Lopez (Puerto Rican Socialist Party) has identified a major obstacle in achieving media justice. The problem, according to Lopez, is that the “internet is run by white men”.  Mark Lloyd seems to share Lopez’s opinion. After all, he recognizes that there are some really good white people (in audio below). The soundbite that became popular was Lloyd asking who was going to step down so that other people can have power. The part that has alway been left out is the racial slant he included right before the now famous (but edited) soundbite of others “stepping down”.

Free Press and Dismantling Capitalism

As a flashback, lets not forget what Robert McChesney (Free Press founder) said about dismantling capitalism. He wants it taken apart brick by brick. Lloyd has called for enforcing a regulatory structure that would take away what influential people in the media have rightfully earned. Jeanette Foreman, a member of this group of hardcore leftists, will even physically attack someone if she doesnt like what someone is doing; even if the law allows you to do so and even if it promotes transparency and true “media justice” Is the picture of totalitarianism coming into focus yet?

Mark Lloyd and Friends on the Media Revolution and phony grassroots ties

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

Jeanette Foreman (left) with Mark Lloyd

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)

Grassroots Phonies

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

Jeannette Foreman with Betty Yu

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