Comcast is the biggest cable provider in the country with over 24 million subscribers and if the merger goes through, 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.
Mr. Burke is a member of the top 1% whose total compensation in 2009, according to Forbes, was $ 33,988,055.00. Mr. Burke is also a director of JPMorgan Chase & Company and Berkshire Hathaway, Incorporated. As a director of JPMorgan Chase, he earns $245,000.00 annually.
He is also a member of the Yellowstone Club, advertised as the word's only private ski and golf community set on 14,000 acres in Big Sky, Montana and one of the most expensive membership clubs in the world, according to Forbes. Membership starts at $ 250,000 plus a home or condominium at a starting price of $4 million. Annual dues are between $60,000 to $100,000.
Although he has supported a couple of Democrats, including Gore in 2000, he's a staunch Republican. Here are his Republican affiliations:
Cantor for Congress
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Friends of George Allen
Friends of Giuliani Exploratory Committee
George W. Bush for President
Gore 2000 (The Clinton-Gore Administration was responsible for the disastrous 1996 Communications Act that increased consolidation of the media and gave rise the corporate media monopoly)
John McCain 2008
McCain-Palin Victory 2008
National Republican Congressional Committee
National Republican Senatorial Committee
Romney for President
Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee
Tom Delay Congressional Committee
Phi Beta Kappa Society
Bush Pioneer 2004 Ranger
Is this the person you want to oversee MSNBC, the only major cable network that speaks for the common good, stands for the middle-class and speaks truth to fiction and to Faux News?
Please sign this and Senator Bernie Sanders also has a petition to stop the merger of Comcast and NBC: http://www.bernie.org
This consolidation of the media in the hands of a few wealthy corpopations and indivuals is not good for our democracy. Thomas Jefferson wrote, "The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure."
At the end of World War II, 80 percent of the daily newspapers in the U.S. were independently owned. Today, only five giant companies — Time Warner (CNN, AOL), Disney (ABC), Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation (FOX), Bertelsmann of Germany (the world’s biggest publisher of English-language books), and Viacom (formerly CBS) — control most of the television, radio, magazines, newspapers, books, movies, videos, music, photo agencies and wire services people in this country rely on. General Electric’s NBC is a close sixth. ("The Media Monopoly" by Ben Bagdikian, 2004 edition)
About 118 — that’s the number of people who sit on the boards of directors of the 10 biggest media giants. These 118 individuals in turn are on the corporate boards of 288 national and international corporations. And eight out of 10 big media giants share common memberships on each other’s boards of directors. (“Big Media Interlocks with Corporate America” by Peter Phillips, CommonDreams.org, June 24, 2005)
The "free press" also extends to cable and satellite systems because they control the flow of information to communities with limited access to radio and television stations over the airwaves, which are also owned primarily by the corporate media.
I urge you to stop anymore consolidation of the media now, before our liberties and our democracy will be more imperiled.
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