“Congress Never Has to Wait for the Cable Guy,” so says Bloomberg Businessweek.
Todd Shields, Stephanie Green and Laura Litvan wrote about Comcast’s cozy relationship with DC, especially to the White House. It was published online March 6.
They reported that Comcast executive vice president David Cohen “raised at least $500,000 for Obama's 2012 reelection,” and hosted a fund raiser for him at their home in Philadelphia. The story also quoted President Barack Obama saying at that fundraiser, “I've been here so much, the only thing I haven't done in this house is have seder dinner.”
Besides what Cohen gave, Comcast gave Obama’s campaign $304,881 during the 2012 election cycle alone, more than three times what it gave to Mitt Romney’s campaign, according to the campaign finance site Open Secrets.
Comcast has spent an additional $18.8 million on lobbying in 2013 alone.
This isn’t the only way that Comcast has helped to promote a liberal agenda. The cable giant is also funding liberal blogger Ezra Klein's new start up, Vox.Vox, which will attempt to “explain the news,” will be hosted on Vox Media, a project of Comcast Ventures. Klein, the boy wonder of left-wing journalism, is famous for creating JournoList, a listserve of liberal media who planned how to spin the news.
In February, Comcast announced a deal to purchase Time Warner Cable. The acquisition will combine the largest two cable providers, according to a Feb. 12, New York Times article. Comcast already owns NBC, CNBC and MSNBC.
Comcast has had its fair share of self-inflicted controversy in the past year or so. The Media Research Center called on Congress to investigate Comcast in 2012, after NBC News doctored audio from George Zimmerman’s 911 call to make him seem racist. MSNBC has also been plagued by internal problems, including the resignation of Martin Bashir, after he suggested on Nov. 15, 2013, that Sarah Palin should be forced to have someone defecate in her mouth.