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Isn’t this interesting?
On September 30, 2009, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps delivered the Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture at the Riverside Church in New York City. Mr. Copps is perhaps best identified as he was in the Nation magazine when he authored a March 20, 2008 article there as “a Democratic member of the FCC and a former assistant secretary of commerce in the Clinton Administration.”
The Riverside Church, once the pulpit of famed liberal activist William Sloane Coffin and the church of choice for PBS commentator Bill Moyers (on whose show Commissioner Copps has appeared), is affiliated with the United Church of Christ (liberal at the hierarchy level but with a mixed membership filled with conservatives). Full disclosure, the UCC is my own denomination, and I serve as both the president of my own UCC church council in Pennsylvania as well as a member of the UCC’s Penn Central Conference Board of Directors. In 2008 the UCC was much in the news because it is also the home denomination to Trinity UCC Church in Chicago, then the home church of President Obama, the pastor at the time the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The Parker lecture, according to the UCC itself, “was created in 1982 to recognize Parker’s pioneering work as an advocate for the public’s rights in broadcasting. It is the only lecture in the country to examine telecommunications and the digital age from an ethical perspective.”
As Commissioner Copps began his speech, his opening included what appeared to be the perfunctory thanks to the executive director of the UCC’s Office of Communication, Inc., the Rev. J. Bennett Guess.
Then he said this: “I also want to thank my friend Cheryl Leanza for her helping arrange my being at this gathering, as well as at the important luncheon meeting earlier today of the interfaith coalition, So We Might See.”
Who is Cheryl Leanza? She is identified this way by the UCC: “Cheryl A. Leanza, a media attorney who serves as policy director with the United Church of Christ’s Office of Communications, Inc.” The Reverend Guess runs the UCC’s Communications office, and within that office is Ms. Leanza, the policy director for the office. She is also referred to as the “Managing Director” of the OC.
Let’s go back to the statement made by FCC Commissioner Copps.
Remember that after thanking Rev. Guess, he says: “I also want to thank my friend Cheryl Leanza for her helping arrange my being at this gathering, as well as at the important luncheon meeting earlier today of the interfaith coalition, So We Might See.”
At 2:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon, October 16, 16 days after Commissioner Copps had his privately arranged “important luncheon meeting” with So We Might See and delivered his speech, I received — as did all other UCC members on the appropriate mailing list — an e-mail from the Rev. Ben Guess. The subject line was: “Hate Speech Hurts: Join the 2009 Media Violence Fast.”
It invited me as a UCC member to join a “fast from media violence” sponsored by So We Might See. The invitation says:
Does violence in the media, particularly hate speech against immigrants, impact levels of actual violence?
That’s the question we will be asking during the 2009 Media Violence Fast, October 19-26. We invite your participation at www.mediaviolencefast.org.
So far so usual. The staff of my denomination, lovely people I’m sure, are in fact hardcore left-wingers in their politics, even though UCC pews are filled with politically self-identified conservatives.
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