FCC Commissioner Rips Agency’s Race, Gender Directive

Federal Communications Commission panel member Brendan Carr blasted the decision of his colleagues to move forward with an initiative that would require broadcasters to make public a race and gender scorecard of their employees, a directive he says runs afoul of the Constitution.

Carr, the senior Republican commissioner on the FCC and former general counsel, wrote a six-page dissenting statement over the agency’s decision to “post a race and gender scorecard for each and every TV and radio broadcast station in the country.”

“In doing so, the FCC caves to the demands of activist groups that have worked for years and across different industries to persuade the federal government to obtain — and most importantly publish — this type of data about individual businesses,” Carr wrote. “This is no benign disclosure regime.”

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