Warcraft Critic Resigns from FCC Early

She's like Abraham Lincoln you know.

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Farewell Commissioner Tate
Farewell Commissioner Tate
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...

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Comments

idafirsmon 6 Jan 2009 13:46
1/5
what is with all this "god" s**t that american government types keep spewing?
BobbyJ 7 Jan 2009 05:42
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Does anyone know the reason why she is resigning? Is it related to the WoW is the cause of college drop outs hype that she caused before? I myself am a college student and my grades are doing ok though I spend a significant amount of time grinding levels, farming wow gold, doing raids and other stuff.
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lol school 7 Jan 2009 06:57
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man... this seems like the time the government will step in and try to regulate more of our lives.. instead, blizzard should just make it easier to farm wow gold so that kids can have time to go to school. i'm sure if blizzard won't voluntarily do it, people will complain to the government and they'll force blizzard to do something about it
Tim Smith 7 Jan 2009 09:44
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BobbyJ wrote:
Does anyone know the reason why she is resigning?


She is 'stepping down' due to taking up other commitments - e.g. joining the board of one of the companies she formerly oversaw in the FCC. Also, with a Republican leaving the presidency and a less Republican moving in, she might have to work with Democrat-appointees. And nobody wants to have to do that.

Cheers

Tim
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