Unless you’re an executive at Comcast or Time Warner Cable, there’s probably a good reason for you to oppose the two companies’ merger. Whether you’ve dealt with either company’s miserable customer service, been slapped with unexplained fee hikes, or just are sick of seeing the home broadband market dominated by a tiny number of players who have set up their own regional monopolies… these are all solid reasons to oppose Comcast and TWC’s proposed union.
But what if you’re a fairly conservative person who is generally wary of having the government block proposed private-sector transactions? If so then a new report from Ars Technica has you covered.
As Ars reports, a conservative political action committee called Conservative War Chest (CWC) is up in arms against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger because Comcast-owned networks NBC and MSNBC have been far too supportive of President Barack Obama. If Comcast is allowed to swallow up TWC, they argue, they will have an unprecedented ability to inundate people with pro-Obama propaganda.
“Having established NBC and MSNBC as militant, left-of-center outlets, Comcast now seeks to politicize sports, strengthen Telemundo’s anti-conservative bias, support ‘JournoList’ founder Ezra Klein with $10 million, and complete a Time Warner merger that will give them control of cable to 66 percent of homes,” the group explains, although in reality the merger will keep the combined companies at just under 30% of American pay TV subscribers.
That said, opposing media consolidation isn’t a bad thing and whether or not you agree with the group’s overall politics, its opposition to the Comcast-TWC merger is still welcome. The great news about the Comcast-TWC merger is that it’s such a horrible idea that there’s really just about no wrong reason to oppose it.