The Federal Communications Commission is defending embattled associate general counsel Mark Lloyd, who has been tagged as a "diversity czar" by congressional Republicans who voted Thursday to slash his salary.
Lloyd, who serves as the commission's chief diversity officer, has been criticized for his opinions on talk radio and the Fairness Doctrine, an old rule that used to require equal airtime for opposing views.
On Friday, a senior FCC official defended Lloyd and his work at the FCC.
"As Congress recognized when it directed the FCC to promote diversity in communications, diversity is important to American prosperity and its strength as a nation," the official said. "For more than 18 months, Mark Lloyd has helped the Commission pursue this Congressional objective, contributing on many important initiatives - like working to bridge the digital divide by increasing broadband adoption among hard-pressed Americans."
Unlike most so-called "czars" targeted by the GOP, Lloyd is not a political appointee and holds a mid-level position.