The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner is getting hit by the left and the right. Democratic Senator Al Franken has been critical of the two media companies joining forces, but now a right wing PAC is concerned the combined companies will form a media behemoth whose aim is to preserve and protect the Obama Administration, particularly from questions about Benghazi, according to Ars Technica.
The PAC called Conservative War Chest issued a press release that claimed that there was an “appearance of collusion of NBC with Obama Administration officials and Democratic activist to shape the news agenda.” Comcast purchased NBC during Obama’s first term, and its intention of merging with Time Warner smells of a conspiracy to the right wing group.
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Comcast vociferously denies the accusation of bias. A spokesman for the company claims it stays out of any of NBC’s editorial decisions. Comcast management also points out that it is on the opposite side of the President regarding broadband providers. Obama wants these providers to classify themselves as common carriers to promote net neutrality. Comcast CEO, Brian Roberts, who is Jewish, doesn’t think a similar classification to utilities is necessary to expand broadband access.
Conservative War Chest expressed concerned that two-thirds of American homes would be fed media from the Time Warner and Comcast merger, and said, “The last time Comcast needed a favor, we got Al Sharpton five nights a week.”