Revolving Door: Clinton & Newsweek Alum Waldman Takes Job with Obama FCC

<p><img src="http://blog.beliefnet.com/foundingfaith/imgs/stevewaldman.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="171" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="125" />Steve Waldman, the &quot;founding soul of Beliefnet&quot; and a former Newsweek reporter and US News &amp; World Report editor is now spinning through the revolving door into the Obama FCC, reports <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2009/10/beliefnet-... target="_blank">Cathy Lynn Grossman of USA Today</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Steven Waldman, founder, editor and leading political blogger of Beliefnet.com, the nation's top Internet spirituality site, is leaving for a post in the Obama administration.</p><p>He's posted a farewell letter on his blog calling this &quot;the most difficult (and surreal) post I've had to write&quot; as he departs to become senior adviser to new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski.</p></blockquote><p>Grossman's brief October 28 Faith &amp; Reason blog post failed to mention Waldman's stint in the Clinton administration, but then again Waldman's <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/News/Blog-Story-Pages/About-Steven-Waldman.aspx" target="_blank">Beliefnet blogger bio page </a>also leaves out his work <a href="http://www.dlc.org/ndol_ci.cfm?contentid=1448&amp;kaid=115&amp;subid=145" target="_blank">as senior advisor to the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service</a> -- the bureaucracy that runs AmeriCorps -- during the Clinton administration.</p><!--break--><p>After his stint as a advisor for AmeriCorps, Waldman penned an April 1, 1999 article for the Democratic Leadership Council's Blueprint Magazine with his vision for how to <a href="http://www.dlc.org/ndol_ci.cfm?contentid=1448&amp;kaid=115&amp;subid=145" target="_blank">&quot;Nationalize National Service.&quot;</a></p><p>Conservatives wary of <a href="/other-topics/mrc-nb-news/free-speech-alliance-fsa" target="_blank">the pro-&quot;Fairness Doctrine&quot; inclinations of the Obama/Genachowski FCC</a> might point back to Waldman's previous government service for clues as to how he'll advise the FCC on packaging its regulatory agenda in a palatable manner for public consumption.</p>

Ken Shepherd
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