"Embattled FCC "diversity czar" Mark Lloyd, who praised strongman Hugo Chavez for his "incredible" attainment of a "democratic revolution" in Venezuela, was handpicked for his tailor-made job by the same top Obama adviser who played a similar role in the elevation of former "green-jobs czar" Van Jones, according to media reports.
Jones resigned Saturday after several inflammatory statements and the disclosure of his involvement in the "9/11 truther" movement, which contends the Bush administration was somehow complicit in the 9/11 terror attacks.
The American Spectator's Washington Prowler blog reports that "several White House sources" are confirming Jones was appointed over the objections of the White House Counsel's Office, which found "inconsistencies" in Jones' application materials.
Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama's closest friends and advisers, reportedly played a key role in supporting the appointments of both Jones and Lloyd Lloyd, a former network broadcaster and communications attorney, is now taking serious fire for the radical stances he took prior to his appointment to the FCC.
President Obama's heavy reliance on special advisers or "czars" to help him steer the federal bureaucracy has been widely criticized as extra-constitutional by Republicans and some Democrats. "The same problems that they created with Jones' hiring are there for others and they don't seem to care about the political damage these people may inflict," a former Obama transition-team member told The Prowler.
Sources tell Newsmax that Lloyd's job title was specially created for him. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Lloyd's appointment to the newly created position of associate general counsel and chief diversity officer of the FCC on July 29."
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