Appointees: Hoist with a Racist Petard

Hoist with a Racist Petard

The Copyright Royalty Tribunal is one of those federal agencies headed by political appointees who accept obscurity in exchange for good pay: nearly $70,000 a year. The board, which sets royalty rates for commercial use of records and some TV programs, has often been a dumping ground for embarrassing job applicants. One such appointment surfaced last week. The tribunal's new head, Marianne Mele Hall, 34, appeared before a House subcommittee just after Broadcasting magazine had quoted parts of a book, Foundations of Sand, that she claimed to have co-authored. The book, written mainly by Lawrence Hafstad, a physicist and former vice...

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