Deborah Taylor Tate has resigned from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - the US government agency charged with "regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable".
Deborah who? Yes, we thought you'd ask that. Last year she stated
that we might all, "find it alarming that one of the top reasons for college drop-outs in the U.S. is online gaming addiction - such as World of Warcraft
- which is played by 11 million individuals worldwide."
Yes, Ms Tate blamed computer game addiction for college drop-out rates. She did so in a speech with no actual facts or studies to back her up. Her resignation speech was almost as revolting as that lack of responsibility - but in more of a nausea inducing manner. Although you can read the full speech here
... you might not want to based on the following extract:
"While serving at the FCC, I have tried to be a voice for children and families. I have tried to bring old-fashioned common sense and to represent the interests of Main Street, small businesses and rural America; to speak out for our songwriters and storytellers and inventors; and to try and insure our decisions keep in mind those who are most in need. As Abraham Lincoln said: 'I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.' I have tried to also act justly, show mercy and walk humbly with God."
She was a George W Bush appointee to the FCC on January 3rd 2006. FCC commissioners are, however, "appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for 5-year terms". In fact, her biog tells us, "On June 20, 2007, Commissioner Tate was reappointed by President Bush to a full five-year term."
So, we all wish Mrs Tate an early farewell...