Art Brodsky of Public Knowledge, a media consumer advocacy group that opposes Comcast’s attempt to buy NBC Universal from General Electric, nonetheless has a grudging respect for the sophisticated lobbying operation the company has unleashed to try to get the deal done.
“The day after they announced the merger, they flooded the Hill,” he said. “It is basic blocking and tackling, except they’ve got more people out there doing it harder than consumer groups. They know how the game is played.”
If the $30 billion sale goes through, it will mark the emergence of Comcast as perhaps the country’s biggest media empire, while landing it squarely in the center of a raging debate over media consolidation and bias.
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“With that kind of power going unchecked, there’s the potential for abuse, and that is dangerous, and it really scares us,” said Brodsky, who worries that concerns like his won’t get a thorough vetting in Washington as a result of Comcast’s political clout.
Read More: By KENNETH P. VOGEL, Politico