Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger proves he’s not going to be outdone by Governor McCrory in generating interest over political appointments. Berger recently appointed author Orson Scott Card to the board of UNC-TV.

WRAL was quick to note a few of Card’s “controversial statements”:

“Obama is, by character and preference, a dictator. He hates the very idea of compromise; he demonizes his critics and despises even his own toadies in the liberal press,” Card wrote.

The essay also theorized that the president might want to turn “urban men” into his own “Brown Shirts.”

“Like Hitler, he needs a powerful domestic army to terrify any opposition that might arise,” Card wrote. “In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs and send them out to channel their violence against Obama’s enemies.”

Here’s the response from UNC-TV via the station’s Facebook Page (h/t BlueNC):

In response to the people who have expressed their objection to the recent appointment of Mr. Orson Scott Card of Greensboro to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, UNC-TV offers the following points of clarification. It is important to understand that the composition of the UNC-TV Board of Trustees is established by state statute, and the members are appointed by either elected public officials or by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. There are 22 members. These are unpaid volunteer positions, and the board serves in an advisory capacity. The UNC Board of Governors is the actual governing board of UNC-TV. Mr. Card has been appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina State Senate.

There have always been board members with diverse opinions and backgrounds on the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, and the membership of the board is always changing. What has not changed is UNC-TV’s commitment to its mission of providing excellent public television programming for all the citizens of North Carolina.

Have a look at Card’s Rhino Times column featuring his diverse opinion of President Obama.

In 2012, Card was a very vocal of proponent of Amendment One, which changed the state’s constitution to prevent same-sex marriages and civil unions.

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