From Ellev LaVan Schindler:

We must do all we can to stop the Comcast/NBC merger!

It’s bad enough the far, far right have the well funded Fox and many talk-radio advocates. Progressives already lost Air America and easy access to a network of voices like Thom Hartmann, Mike Malloy, Randi Rhodes, Mike Papantonio et al. Most cannot any longer be found on commercial radio so we need to use podcasting, the internet or Sirius to listen to them, and we have to be dedicated in our search or subscribe. No more just flipping on the radio in the car. (Fortunately Rachel Maddow and Ed Shultz went on to MSNBC.)

Besides the loss of a voice, the economic impact of the buy out will be tremendous (see article below).

Let’s try to stop this. Three hundred thousand people signed the petition for Olbermann.

If even half of us would contact the FCC, we might prevail.

Here are contact names and addresses. Go to it!

(and then pass this on, please…it’s been a lot of work putting this together! )

Ellen

To Contact the FCC Commissioners via E-mail:

Chairman Julius Genachowski: Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Robert McDowell: Robert.McDowell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker: Meredith.Baker@fcc.gov

A must read on the economic impact::

New Economic Study Reveals Comcast-NBCU’s Control Of ‘Must Have’ Content Will Cost An Extra $2.4 Billion Over Nine Years
Study Quantifies Transaction Harms As Being More Than Ten Times Greater Than Benefits, Underscoring Need For Effective And Affordable Conditions
http://www.americancable.org/node/2502 November 8,2010

And please read this,as we probably need to write the White House as well…
Too Big to Block? Why Obama Must Stop the Comcast-NBC Merger
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-silver/too-big-to-block-why-obam_b_356826.html November 13, 2009

write the White House at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Sign a petition:
http://act2.freepress.net/letter/comcast/

Also go to and add a comment:
http://www.facebook.com/stopthemerger?v=wall

Senator Bernie Sanders also has a Face book wall dedicated to this
http://www.facebook.com/pages/People-Against-the-Merger-of-Comcast-and-NBC/154224581289435#!/senatorsanders?v=wall

Last week on Huff Post he said:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/the-olbermann-suspension_b_780430.html

“General Electric, NBC’s parent, is one of the largest corporations in the world with an anti-labor history of outsourcing jobs and with financial links to military and nuclear power industries. Surely we understand that GE is not going to provide the same backing for MSNBC commentators that Rupert Murdoch provides for his mouthpieces at Fox News.

What has not gotten a lot of attention in the midst of this controversy is that GE’s NBC Universal, one of the largest media conglomerates in the country, is in the process of merging with Comcast, the largest cable television provider in America. The new head of that company would be Stephen B. Burke, Comcast’s chief operating officer and a “Bush Ranger” who raised at least $200,000 for the 2004 reelection campaign of President George W. Bush.

As Vermont’s senator, I intend to do all that I can do to stop this merger. There already is far too much media concentration in this country. We need more diversity. We need more local ownership. We need more viewpoints. We do not need another media giant run by a Republican supporter of George W. Bush. That is the lesson we should learn from the Keith Olbermann suspension.”

and Truthout ran a piece on his thoughts:
http://www.truth-out.org/bernie-sanders-wants-nbc-comcast-merger-stopped-following-olbermann-suspension65046

Also:
Posted on Tue, Nov. 9, 2010
New study says Comcast/NBC Universal merger will result in higher TV bills
Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20101109_New_study_says_Comcast_NBC_Universal_merger_will_result_in_higher_TV_bills.html#ixzz15GRk696X
Watch sports videos you won’t find anywhere else

Want to Save Olbermann? Stop Comcast – NBC Merger
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/11/5/21410/3208

From Susan Crawford (until December 2009 Crawford was President Obama’s Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. She is a former Board Member of ICANN, the founder of OneWebDay, and a legal scholar. She stepped down when her one year sabbatical from the University of Michigan ended in January 2010.)

Comcast/NBCU: Who answers Fox News? October 13, 2010
http://scrawford.net/blog/comcastnbcu-who-answers-fox-news/1407/
Comcast/NBCU will raise costs for consumers November 10, 2010

and her testimony: (very long)
http://scrawford.net/blog/comcast-nbcu-forum-today-in-chicago/1372/ July 13, 2010

Again:

To Contact the FCC Commissioners via E-mail:

Chairman Julius Genachowski: Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Robert McDowell: Robert.McDowell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker: Meredith.Baker@fcc.gov

Go to troupes. It ain’t over ’til it’s over!!!!

And please pass on to like minded folks.



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