Free Press Blasts Comcast-FCC Merger
WASHINGTON -- Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker reportedly will be departing the agency in June to take a job with Comcast-NBC -- a company whose multi-billion mega-merger she approved just four months ago.
Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement:
“Less than four months after Commissioner Baker voted to approve Comcast’s takeover of NBC Universal, she’s reportedly departing the FCC to lobby for Comcast-NBC. This is just the latest -- though perhaps most blatant -- example of a so-called public servant cashing in at a company she is supposed to be regulating.
"As recently as March, Commissioner Baker gave a speech lamenting that review of the Comcast-NBC deal 'took too long.' What we didn't know then was that she was in such a rush to start picking out the drapes in her new corner office.
"No wonder the public is so nauseated by business as usual in Washington -- where the complete capture of government by industry barely raises any eyebrows. The continuously revolving door at the FCC continues to erode any prospects for good public policy. We hope -- but won't hold our breath -- that her replacement will be someone who is not just greasing the way for their next industry job."