The Price and Privilege of Television Ownership Should Not be Taken Lightly

"Acquiring and operating television stations is a particularly capital-intensive business. It requires millions of dollars to buy them and millions more to keep them running. While there have been many minorities interested in buying stations, few have assembled the necessary financing experience and partnership to make it work." -Armstrong Williams

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Owning a broadcast television station is a great privilege in America. It gives the owner the opportunity to bring news, weather, entertainment and other important stories to thousands of local communities throughout our nation. Local television is often the first place Americans look when there is a natural disaster or, God forbid, catastrophes like bombings, mass shootings or terrorist incidents.

Local TV is also the place we expect to see coverage of our high school football and basketball games and the celebration of our neighbors’ milestone birthdays, anniversaries and good deeds.

Along with this great privilege comes tremendous responsibility. I have had the good fortune of becoming one of the largest minority broadcast television owners in the United States, with stations in South Carolina, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nevada. Over a decade, I have built a series of TV stations that are dedicated to bringing relevant news, documentaries and feature stories to all viewers in those communities.

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A Rigged College Admissions System

By: Armstrong Williams

The whole college admissions system is rigged. It is rigged to give preferences to disadvantaged black students. Rigged to give preferences to athletes. Rigged to give preferences to people who can donate $20 million to the school and have a building blazing with their name.

What is a parent who loves their child to do? I’m not justifying their behavior, but I understand it. If you love your kid, wouldn’t you do anything for them? And when you look at a system that is so clearly rigged, why wouldn’t you do what you can?

My bet is that 98 percent of the people involved are upper middle class white people. Their children are great. Scholars. Athletes. Involved in the community. But now, parents know that’s not enough. With all of the places reserved for black students, for Hispanics, for the children of Trustees—there are very very few places left for a high performing white student who is not a genius or an elite athlete. These parents merely sought a preference for their kids.

Think about this. Being on the Board of Trustees and giving $20 million and talking to the college admissions officer about your kid or a friend’s kid is legal. Being a black student with lower test scores and getting in is legal. Being Hispanic and having lower test scores but writing an essay about the prejudice your family faced and playing to the sympathies of the admissions committee is legal. All of it tries to play to getting a special advantage in admissions. And all of it is legal. But this—this was clearly illegal. It is not justifiable. It is wrong. But for anyone who has ever loved their child—it is understandable.

Everyone knows the system is rigged. So let’s unrig it. Make all of the admissions completely blind. No names. No gender information. No race information. No contact allowed between rich connected donors and college admissions officers. What these parents did was wrong. But the rigging of the system is much much deeper than a few parents paying to get their kids an unfair advantage. |

The Clemson Tigers lead the way, and I'm not just talking about the National Championship

By: Armstrong Williams

A hearty congratulations to college football dominators — the Clemson Tigers — for their flawless run this year and culminating in beating the Alabama Crimson Tide! They showed true determination and grit.

It was refreshing to see President Trump’s good-humored side shine bright Monday as he paid for “massive amounts of Fast Food” for Clemson’s players and coaches to enjoy during their White House visit — something that we’ve never seen done before. As you can see in the images below, the White House dining area was practically filled with about 1,000 burgers from both McDonald’s and Wendy’s.

Trump tweeted: “Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!”

I’d also like to congratulate the Tigers for setting an example on how a championship team and its players should conduct themselves when invited to the White House by the President.

Enthusiastic, grateful, humble, and respectful of the office.

There was no push back from coaches or players, and the snowstorm was never an excuse for not coming. They were honored, and they honored the Office and the Institution of leadership with their attendance.