Washington, D.C. – Last night, President Obama announced the nomination of Mike O’Rielly as an FCC Commissioner. If confirmed, O’Rielly, a current aide to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), would occupy the vacant, Republican position recently held by former-Commissioner Robert McDowell.
The following statement can be attributed to Jessica J. Gonzalez, NHMC’s Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs:
“NHMC looks forward to working with Mr. O’Rielly, pending his confirmation by the Senate, and hopes that he will embrace the goals of the Federal Communications Commission with respect to promoting diversity and competition in our media and telecommunications industries and protecting and informing consumers. Specifically, I hope to work together to ensure that the communications needs of the poor, rural communities, and people of color are fully met so that no group is left behind as our evolving technologies create new opportunities and challenges for all. NHMC enjoyed a positive relationship with Mr. O’Rielly’s predecessor, former-Commissioner McDowell, and hope that we can foster a similar relationship once Mr. O’Rielly takes office.”
The National Hispanic Media Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit, media advocacy and civil rights organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Its mission is to educate and influence media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment. It augments the pool of Latino talent with its professional development programs. It challenges media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes. It scrutinizes and opines on media and telecommunications policy issues. Learn more at http://www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebook and twitter @NHMC.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a 35-year-old non-profit organization that builds bridges, creates opportunities, resources, and connects Latinx talent with the entertainment industry.