Controversial author named to UNC-TV Trustees

Posted September 9, 2013
Updated September 10, 2013

— Controversial author Orson Scott Card has been named to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. 

The glowing news release from UNC-TV mentions Card's two most famous books, Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, published in 1985 and 1986. "Both books received Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Mr. Card the only author to win both of the top American awards for science fiction in consecutive years," reads the release.

"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Card to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees,” Chairman Robb Teer said in a statement. “We are grateful for his willingness to serve and look forward to working with him to continue providing the people of our state with enriching, life-changing television in these challenging times.”

Not mentioned is recent controversy around Card's political writings, published in Greensboro's Rhinoceros Times.

A May 2013 column compared President Barack Obama to Hitler and Stalin.

"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."

Card called the essay a "thought experiment," but it attracted national and international attention nonetheless. 

The author is also an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, prompting some activists to call for a boycott of the movie version of "Ender's Game," slated for release in the U.S. later this year. 

He's also a vocal critic of what he calls the "Leftaliban" in academia, as well as the media in general (excepting Fox News), comparing them to "Nazis and Bolsheviks."  

"So yes, CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post and all the rest of you in the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda: You won," Card wrote after the 2012 election. "But we know you now. We know just how low you'll go, how compliant you will be with the Beloved Leader."

Card, who lives in Greensboro and is Distinguished Professor of Writing and Literature at Southern Virginia University, will serve a two-year term on UNC-TV's board.


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  • Krimson Sep 12, 2013

    "the board is leaning more left than the iffel tower dude!"

    What does that even mean???

    Are you trying to make a joke about the Tower of Pisa??? BTW, the tower of Pisa leans to the right, at least when you face the front entrance...

  • CaryRez Sep 12, 2013

    That "gentleman" compared our president to Adolf Hitler. He has no place on UNC-TV's Board of Trustees.

  • notexactly Sep 12, 2013

    You got it right. The dems are so intolerable. And one sided it is sad

  • tmstubbs63 Sep 12, 2013

    This gentlemen's appointment is only an abomination to Liberals that can't stand the thought of a conservative on that board....

    Liberals are the most intolerant people in the nation....you must agree with them or you are racist, extremist, or (insert another insult here).

  • CaryRez Sep 12, 2013

    This appointment is an abomination and clearly demonstrates Phil Berger's contempt for UNC-TV. Absolutely disgusting.

  • Ex-Republican Sep 11, 2013

    It's funny reading all these incredulous comments about Card. The libs are shocked by Card's "intolerance". Yet, they don't have a problem with NPR firing Juan Williams for expressing an honest opinion about feeling uncomfortable with people in traditional Muslim attire on a commercial aircraft.

    May be, just may be, Card will bring some balance, thoughtfulness and common sense back to WUNC-TV's programming.

  • babbleon1 Sep 11, 2013

    Lovelarvae: He's been saying this stuff and and various anti-gay shtuff for years. He is consistent, so I think he believes it.

    It amazes me that the man who came up with 'ramen' and 'varelse', and who wrote _Speaker for the Dead_ can be so intolerant. I think he's slipped a screw somewhere.

  • lovelarvae Sep 11, 2013

    "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." -Card

    Does he really believe this stuff, or is he just trying to win the Glen Beck award next?

  • pointgiven2 Sep 11, 2013

    Read the reviews of "Hamlet's Father" by Card on Amazon. These reviews of this novella span from July 2011 to February 2013.

  • Jack Flash Sep 11, 2013

    I love _Ender's Game_ and _Speaker for the Dead_, but I think Card is a deplorable human being. He doesn't merely have a difference of opinion; he demonizes those who disagree w/ him and takes extremist stances.

    I really want to see the new _Ender's Game_ movie... but I won't. Its the first thing I've ever boycotted that actually hurts.