Casey's Daily Dispatch, Sep 2, 2009... _________________________________ "... Obama has appointed a record number of czars. At least 32... in charge of everything from the Great Lakes region, California water, green jobs â the list goes on. And while thatâs certainly Orwellian in and of itself, it might just be the smallest reminder of how far we've deviated from "freedom" and all that it entails. Meanwhile, Obama appointed a "diversity czar" to the FCC on July 29. This new czar, Mark Lloyd, apparently "called for making private broadcasting companies pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs..." Which sounds suspiciously like a way to kill off private broadcasting to me. Some of you might remember the advent and eventual death of the Fairness Doctrine â that other Orwellian-monikered initiative to give equal airwave coverage to important issues. Of course, back in February Obama firmly opposed the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, but who needs the Fairness Doctrine when there's no privately held media? Doubling the operating costs of privately held radio stations will almost certainly bankrupt a great many of them â leaving the âpublicâs airwavesâ back up for grabs for more state-friendly broadcasters, no doubt. Mr. Lloyd recently pointed out how much he admires Hugo Chavez, and how he revolutionized Venezuelaâs airwaves, giving much more funding and bandwidth to publicly held and state-friendly stations. In the process, over 200 privately held TV and radio stations shuttered their doors. The mind boggles and Orwell shrugs â but weâll keep a close eye on this situation for sure...." _______________________________ Is this the beginning of the end of our First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech? Lloyd is an admirer of Hugo Chavez? George Orwell's "1984" brought to life?