Skip to comments.Ready to Smirk: How Comcast bought the Democratic Party
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 Obamas, and a Democratic donor who has contributed thousands of dollars not only to the presidents 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..
Comcasts 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 presidents agenda and the broader priorities of the American progressive movement.
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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“The worst company in the world.” Leo Laporte.
Eisenhower should have warned us about the media-government complex.
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
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.
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 $$$$$$
The communists Democratic web reached far into American politics and may never be overcome. America is in danger as a Constitutional being.
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.
s/. But according to hairy reid-iclulous, all those demdumdonors are no match for those evil Koch bros. /s off.
Since I can't afford one, I can only hang on until there is nothing left to hang on for.
I get broadband through my phone company.
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.
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.
Its no wonder their rates are so outrageous!
Looks like you forgot the ball gag that goes with his sports coat.
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.
LOL since a couple of my neighbors switched to U-Verse I'm seeing the same thing here.
I’ve had U-Verse for 9 months. Love it.
Republican leaders are not pro business. They are pro government. There is no difference between them and the corrupt mafia Democrat party.
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.
“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.
The difference is MSNBC is owned by Comcast and CNN is owned by TimeWarner.
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.
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.
I thought of that but would have had to show his face and I didn’t want to frighten the younger visitors to FR.
LOL! Gotta protect the younguns.
It's Democrat Party NOT Democratic Party. It's a pet peeve of mine as there is nothing democratic about the Democrat party.
I thought Gyorgy Schwartz already did that.
...which is why NBC is an Obama buttlicker.
Hmmmm....when Comcast was buying NBC folks here said they’d be more conservative than GE.
Not me, scrabble!! :)
How do you access the internet?
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.
But you still pay for internet. Who is your provider?
There are so many channels available over air now might as well just get an antenna and save even more.
And Time Warner Cable was just purchased by Comcast.
The problem is I can’t get ESPN and Fox Sports via OTA and that’s about 75% of my tv viewing.
Maybe...hasn’t happened yet...proper “grease” has to be applied to the regulators first.
Why all the aliases?
“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.
Sounds good, but Centurylink doesn’t provide services in my area.
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.