In the what-he-said dept, we have this great article from Adage by Simon Dumenco: FCC Chairman Martin? It’s Time for You to Resign. While the whole article is quotable, there’s this great two paragraph passage to make the case for Martin’s uselessness:
“What’s driving the FCC’s censorious crusade? An extreme, faith-based view of governing that’s being championed by underqualified FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, who got this job thanks to a resume that includes serving on Bush’s 2000 Florida recount team and working for Monica Lewinsky fetishist Ken Starr.
Martin has pumped up his case for a morals crisis in American broadcasting by allowing the use of fraudulent complaints to shape the FCC’s great crusade. We’re talking about just another form of un-American ballot-box stuffing: quasi-automated complaint e-mails about “indecency” that are invariably generated by a handful of religious organizations that whip their members into click-and-send frenzies, usually with few of the members ever having witnessed any (supposed) broadcast offense. “
And then this nice tie-in to the rest of a failed administration’s policies:
“Like Donald Rumsfeld before him, Kevin Martin has stubbornly and willfully relied on faulty intelligence that does not reflect reality outside of a certain hermetically sealed bubble. Martin and his ultra-conservative religious allies would have us believe that they’ve found the moral equivalent of WMDs on our airwaves: an epidemic of foulness that necessitates the FCC’s invasion of American living rooms to protect us from broadcast evildoers.”
Amen. Someone call the Pulitzer committee!