Author who called Obama dictator named to board of UNC-TV
RALEIGH — A Greensboro author who is a critic of same-sex marriage and has written an article calling President Barack Obama a dictator has been named to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees.
The North Carolina Legislature approved Orson Scott Card's appointment to the board in July.
Card told The Associated Press that he was asked to join the board and agreed to put his name up for a seat. He said he supports public television.
"UNC-TV does a fine job of serving the people of North Carolina and I want to be of any help that I can," Card said in an email.
A news release from UNC-TV mentions Card's most famous books, "Ender's Game" and "Speaker for the Dead."
"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, Robb Teer, chairman of the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, said in the written statement.
The statement did not mention his column in Greensboro's Rhinoceros Times earlier this year suggesting Obama "is, by character and preference, a dictator," and saying he might train urban gangs to do his bidding.
"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 wrote.
Card also has gotten protests for his stance against same-sex marriage, with some groups calling for a boycott of an upcoming movie based on "Ender's Game."
Card says he hopes people will read his full essays.
"Those who want my actual views will consult the originals and not the deliberately distorted reports," Card said.
Card will serve a two-year term on the board, which has 22 members and acts in an advisory capacity.