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Ready to Smirk: How Comcast bought the Democratic Party
Washington Free Beacon. ^ | April 4, 2014 | Matthew Continetti

Posted on 04/05/2014 7:27:41 AM PDT by cutty

Comcast, which employs more than 100 lobbyists, spent almost $19 million last year on lobbying activities. Its president and CEO, Brian L. Roberts, is a golf buddy of President Obama’s, and a Democratic donor who has contributed thousands of dollars not only to the president’s campaigns, but also to the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the DNC Services Corporation, and to Steny Hoyer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bob Casey. Roberts’ executive vice president, David Cohen, is a former aide to Democratic bigwig Ed Rendell. Cohen skirts lobbying regulations through loopholes, has raised more than $2 million for Obama since 2007, and in 2011 hosted a DNC fundraiser at which the president called him “friend.” Cohen has visited the White House 14 times since 2010..

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Comcast’s in-kind contributions to the Democratic Party are more difficult to calculate. In a media environment that already tilts leftward, the NBC networks, which Comcast owns, distinguish themselves as especially pro-Obama. Comcast has one channel, MSNBC, which is almost entirely devoted to furthering the president’s agenda and the broader priorities of the American progressive movement.

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It is something of a political irony that Republicans, who for ideological reasons are pro-business, have not raised questions about, or objections to, the conjoining of two Democratic institutions into a media trust. If Republicans had any sense, they would wage war against Comcast and its Democratic enablers and turn the merger into a live issue. Needless to say they have not done so, perhaps in the wrongheaded and futile hope of scraps from the table of the Comcast cable beast, perhaps in the foolish and selfish notion that David Cohen may one day add another man to his company of lobbyists.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: cable; cablealternative; comcast; comcasttwc; democraticparty; dnc; enemedia; media; msnbc; nbc; newspapers; timewarner; twc

1 posted on 04/05/2014 7:27:41 AM PDT by cutty
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To: cutty

“The worst company in the world.” Leo Laporte.


2 posted on 04/05/2014 7:31:24 AM PDT by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence. /S)
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To: cutty

Eisenhower should have warned us about the media-government complex.


3 posted on 04/05/2014 7:33:21 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: cutty

thank u for posting this!

Anyone who has Comcast service and suports freedom should Cancel with this left wing crony capitalists.
Comcast is a dangerous group


4 posted on 04/05/2014 7:33:47 AM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: Stentor

Cable companies have had an evil incestuous relationship with politicians (especially big city types) since the 60s, as they “purchased” exclusive rights to territories.

Their huge profits let them run propaganda channels like MSNBC and CNN without any worry about those networks being profitable.

There was some hope when satellite started cutting into their markets, but the consumer desire for broadband internet kind of helped them out.


5 posted on 04/05/2014 7:36:45 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

Choose another cable company other than Comcast or Time -Warner whenever possible from here on out even though they want to become a monopoly and will not be stopped by the current traitor in chief. The only wayto stop these types is to remove their $$$$$$


6 posted on 04/05/2014 7:45:37 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: cutty

The communists Democratic web reached far into American politics and may never be overcome. America is in danger as a Constitutional being.


7 posted on 04/05/2014 7:47:47 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: jsanders2001

It’s difficult to avoid them for broadband.
Some neighbors have switched to ATT U-Verse but have had painful technical problems. The ATT service truck seems to be parked on our street several days a week.


8 posted on 04/05/2014 7:48:31 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Logical me

s/. But according to hairy reid-iclulous, all those demdumdonors are no match for those evil Koch bros. /s off.


9 posted on 04/05/2014 7:52:14 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
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To: cutty
Sorry, but I can't get my shorts in a bunch over this. EVERY G—D-— politician is owned by someone or some corporation.

Since I can't afford one, I can only hang on until there is nothing left to hang on for.

10 posted on 04/05/2014 7:54:57 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: rktman
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11 posted on 04/05/2014 8:03:11 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: nascarnation

I get broadband through my phone company.


12 posted on 04/05/2014 8:10:23 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: ncalburt

In our area, Comcast has bought all the local politicians and is the only game in town for many. Over the air antennas do not work. Comcast scrambles the signal, then charges for a box to unscramble the signal to get even local channels.


13 posted on 04/05/2014 8:10:30 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Beagle8U

I’ve looked at ATT, but my neighbors that tried it are unhappy with problems. Not sure if it’s a local issue or not.
The reliability of my cable (BrightHouse) has been surprisingly good.

Every year when the send a price increase I call up and tell them I’m switching to ATT, and they rescind the increase. I’m paying 2009 rates.


14 posted on 04/05/2014 8:18:12 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: cutty

Its no wonder their rates are so outrageous!


15 posted on 04/05/2014 8:22:00 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Dick Bachert

Looks like you forgot the ball gag that goes with his sports coat.


16 posted on 04/05/2014 8:24:45 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
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To: ncalburt

Our Comcast, 3 in one bill, last March was $125, it has now increased to $237.

We will be going to Direct TV for the tv. We never watch HBO/Showtime and similar nets. That will be a big savings.

AT&T in this area is very unreliable. Their DSL is slower than slow and unreliable. When, we were with them, often with two different land line numbers, my wife and I couldn’t call each other in our home besides not being able to get or make outside calls. A couple of neighbors have AT&T and are thinking about renting out their driveways for AT&T to keep a truck ready to patch the old system up again.
We see at least one AT&T truck a week on our little cul de sac.

So I’m looking for a reliable satellite Internet provider. Does anyone have a recommendation?

Trac phone system has a wireless home phone system that should work for a reasonable up front cost and $15/month per line after that.

Verizon due to politics isn’t available here for tv and regular phones. Interesting fact re Verizon, they provide the good service for Trac phones and the wireless home phone system in this area.


17 posted on 04/05/2014 8:26:56 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: Grampa Dave
A couple of neighbors have AT&T and are thinking about renting out their driveways for AT&T to keep a truck ready to patch the old system up again.

LOL since a couple of my neighbors switched to U-Verse I'm seeing the same thing here.

18 posted on 04/05/2014 8:28:20 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

I’ve had U-Verse for 9 months. Love it.


19 posted on 04/05/2014 8:29:10 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: cutty

Republican leaders are not pro business. They are pro government. There is no difference between them and the corrupt mafia Democrat party.


20 posted on 04/05/2014 8:31:03 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Bratch

I’m assuming the problems are local issues, either people or infrastructure.
No provider could stay in business based on what I’ve seen in my neighborhood.
At one point I asked my neighbor if he got a job as an ATT service guy, the truck was in front of his house for days at a time.


21 posted on 04/05/2014 8:32:34 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

“Their huge profits let them run propaganda channels like MSNBC and CNN without any worry about those networks being profitable.

There was some hope when satellite started cutting into their markets, but the consumer desire for broadband internet kind of helped them out”

????? All the satellite companies also carried MSNBC and CNN.

OTOH, cable companies carry FOX news and FOX business and Bloomberg.


22 posted on 04/05/2014 8:37:22 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: TexasGator

The difference is MSNBC is owned by Comcast and CNN is owned by TimeWarner.


23 posted on 04/05/2014 8:40:03 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: cutty

What good is it for Comcast to own a seemingly influential media organization like NBC if it still has to pay $19 million a year to lobbyists to get Comcast’s message across?

The fact is NBC and the other pro-Obama networks are failures as propagandists — Obama’s approval ratings have sunk to 42%, and only 26% of Americans still support ObamaCare — let alone as effective voices for getting their corporations’ particular interests addressed.

On the other hand, buying a newspaper like the Washington Post, as Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos has done, is a different story. Mr. Bezos can safely fire his lobbyists knowing that any government effort to undermine his company will be dealt with effectively through journalistic arguments and the ability to expose inappropriate behavior by politicians eager to go after the internet-retail industry.

Comcast should sell NBC, dismiss its lobbyists, and buy the New York Times if it wants genuine influence on issues it wants to affect.


24 posted on 04/05/2014 8:46:47 AM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: Grampa Dave

I switched to Centurylink for internet and TV about 6 months. I always had them for internet service but wanted to try out their wireless desktop for TV. I have not had one issue, they haven’t “accidentally” changed my programming or pricing, and I haven’t had any outages when the winds blow or someone in the house sneezes. I pay $100 (including taxes and fees etc) a month and the TV package is the one right below premium and the broadband speed is 40mpbs
I had Comcast back when they were Adelphia...I think they were racing AT&T to see who could get to the bottom first.


25 posted on 04/05/2014 8:59:21 AM PDT by ebersole
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To: rktman

I thought of that but would have had to show his face and I didn’t want to frighten the younger visitors to FR.


26 posted on 04/05/2014 9:20:01 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Dick Bachert

LOL! Gotta protect the younguns.


27 posted on 04/05/2014 9:23:20 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
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To: cutty
How Comcast bought the Democratic Party

It's Democrat Party NOT Democratic Party. It's a pet peeve of mine as there is nothing democratic about the Democrat party.

28 posted on 04/05/2014 9:23:30 AM PDT by upsdriver
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To: nascarnation
Or you could do like I have.
With just an Internet connection I see MORE TV than I could want (for free). Have not paid a phone bill for nearly 2 and a half years, and can make all the long distance calls I want, again for free.
The magic of the Internet, Google voice, net fix, an Obi box, and my Logitech Review.
It is available to all if you spend the initial $39 (one time), $59 (one time for a Roku or refurb Review, and $8 a month for NF and you will have no phone, no cable, or other bill for those services
29 posted on 04/05/2014 9:33:46 AM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: Grampa Dave
Grampa, I spend 0 a month for phone, TV,... (sorry I spend $8 a month for Net Flix).
My calls are free local and L. I see more TV than my wife and she has Comcast.
All with the Internet, Google Voice, and a Logitech review ($69 one time), and a Obi box ($39 once). Calls are clear and I have all the services through Google Voice.
Try it, as it is so great to have no cable or phone bill every month.
30 posted on 04/05/2014 9:45:53 AM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: cutty

I thought Gyorgy Schwartz already did that.


31 posted on 04/05/2014 10:38:26 AM PDT by Jean2 (i)
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To: cutty

...which is why NBC is an Obama buttlicker.


32 posted on 04/05/2014 10:44:02 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Hmmmm....when Comcast was buying NBC folks here said they’d be more conservative than GE.


33 posted on 04/05/2014 10:52:09 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

Not me, scrabble!! :)


34 posted on 04/05/2014 10:57:27 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: JSteff

How do you access the internet?


35 posted on 04/05/2014 11:10:20 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: jsanders2001; Stentor

My wife and I just signed up today with AT&T. We have Comcast.

They have a promo for $39 that include U-verse (18 Mbs), basic TV, and HBO for 12 months.

As I said in the other thread, I am sick of supporting their crud.


36 posted on 04/05/2014 11:15:56 AM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: JSteff

But you still pay for internet. Who is your provider?


37 posted on 04/05/2014 11:22:49 AM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: Grampa Dave
We will be going to Direct TV for the tv. We never watch HBO/Showtime and similar nets. That will be a big savings.

There are so many channels available over air now might as well just get an antenna and save even more.

38 posted on 04/05/2014 11:45:59 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: nascarnation

And Time Warner Cable was just purchased by Comcast.


39 posted on 04/05/2014 11:47:43 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

The problem is I can’t get ESPN and Fox Sports via OTA and that’s about 75% of my tv viewing.


40 posted on 04/05/2014 11:48:30 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Maybe...hasn’t happened yet...proper “grease” has to be applied to the regulators first.


41 posted on 04/05/2014 11:49:18 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: cutty
Comcast. Verizon. Xfinity.

Why all the aliases?

42 posted on 04/05/2014 11:49:35 AM PDT by x
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To: Republican Wildcat

“There are so many channels available over air now might as well just get an antenna and save even more.”

There has been a rebound in homes with antennas in our area. Besides the do it your self people, Radio Shack and a local tv shop have some packages of high quality and fairy expensive antennas.

However, it will not work in our area as we have some hills and lot of trees that will block the signals. I know one guy who lives about 500 yards away as the crows fiies. His home is on higher ground. He got the raping bill from Comcast at Thanksgiving time. He had an antennae costing about $500 with a antennae rotator installed. He says he has better tv reception than with Comcast or satellite. He has the Hughes satellite internet, and it works for him. He put in two of the stand alone wireless home phones. He had the antenna installed last Dec, and his savings to date has paid for the cost. His cost for the Hughes internet and stand alone wireless home phones is less than $100 per month.

His savings are about $1600 per year.


43 posted on 04/06/2014 8:28:30 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: ebersole

Sounds good, but Centurylink doesn’t provide services in my area.

Thanks


44 posted on 04/07/2014 9:37:17 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: JSteff

How do you access the internet to get what you get.

Google Chrome is my backup when Comcast is too slow like today, but I still have to log on to Comcast to get GC.


45 posted on 04/07/2014 9:42:37 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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