Note to self… never cancel the TV show of a guy with political ambitions

Al Franken is trying his damndest to shut down the Comcast/NBC merger. I’m sure it has nothing at all to do with it, but I think it’s worth noting that, prior to getting into politics, Franken worked for NBC. It’s also worth noting, I think, that executives at NBC cancelled his series, LateLine, after a single season… As for the proposed merger, Franken is exactly right. A merger between the two giant companies would be a terrible thing for our country. Watch the following video, and, if you agree, join me in sending the letter below to Attorney General Holder and FCC Chairman Genachowski.

And here’s the letter:

Dear Attorney General Holder and Chairman Genachowski,

We write to urge you to reject the merger of Comcast Corporation and NBC Universal.

This deal would mean higher cable rates and less freedom of choice for American consumers, and it would give a single media conglomerate unprecedented control over the flow of information in America. Whenever the same company owns both the content and the pipes delivering that content, consumers lose.

Already, we have seen that Comcast is not operating in good faith. By imposing a new fee on the company delivering Netflix’s online video streaming, Comcast is trying to kill off a competitor. Comcast has also refused to provide the FCC with documents necessary for the review process, and has already named the 43 executives who will take over NBC Universal.

As American consumers, we know a bad deal when we see one. Allowing this merger to proceed could lead to subsequent deals, leaving Americans at the mercy of a few powerful media conglomerates.

Don’t fall for Comcast’s spin. Don’t be swayed by their army of lobbyists. Stand up for American consumers. Stop this merger.

To send a copy of this letter to Holder and Genachowski, click here.

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7 Comments

  1. Andy Ypsilanti
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    the video is broken. maybe comcast has struck you down already…

  2. Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Andy. I think I fixed it.

  3. Edward
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Another campaign to keep an eye on — Ralph Nader and Bernie Sanders are teaming up to demand military cuts.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE4-nmR3fiM

  4. griff
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    When did the word ‘Monopoly’ disappear?? …and when did they become legal?

  5. Anonymatt
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    My memory and IMDB both think Lateline had more than one season. It was an OK show. The only thing I remember about it was the time Miguel Ferrer’s Mom did a cameo.

  6. Lee Taint
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Of the members of Congress who support the merger, 87% have received money from Comcast.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110113/14141312658/what-corruption-looks-like-87-congressional-reps-supporting-comcastnbc-merger-got-money-comcast.shtml

    When is this shit going to end?

  7. Meta
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    The NBC Universal deal was approved.

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