Bernie Sanders Wants To Stop Comcast-NBC Merger, Violate Constitution

Yet another Leftist who fails to understand what the 1st Amendment actually says

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he would look to block a merger between NBC and Comcast, citing the decision last week by MSNBC to suspend liberal anchor Keith Olbermann.

Sanders said Comcast’s attempt to acquire NBC from General Electric would result in “another media giant run by a Republican supporter of George W. Bush.”

It’s things like this that scream “Impeachment!” Sanders doesn’t like Fox, Bush, Right-siders, etc, so, he’s willing to use the power of the federal government to interfere in a legitimate private industry deal.

I’m sure the ACLU will jump right into the fray. Eh, probably not. They’re spending their time supporting mega-terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.

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13 Responses to “Bernie Sanders Wants To Stop Comcast-NBC Merger, Violate Constitution”

  1. mojo says:

    Back to the attic, Grandpaw!

  2. John Ryan says:

    Better reread Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States of America

  3. gitarcarver says:

    Better reread Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States of America

    I suppose you are talking about the Commerce Clause.

    Of course, that really doesn’t apply to this situation as the Commerce Clause does not trump the First Amendment and the right of association.

    Congress cannot use its regulatory powers based on regulating free speech, which is what this clown and you propose.

  4. John is probably referring to that part, GT, but, as you point out, he is wrong again.

    John? There is more to that then you’re probably thinking

    To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

    Hmm, nothing about regulating private business involved in free speech and journalistic freedom. Weird, that.

    Maybe you should take some time to read our three founding documents, John.

  5. William

    100% agree. This should be treated as against the constitution, although sadly i am not sure it will be. More here.

  6. Btw, hey gitar, we agree on something. 🙂 (This is A.W. from overlawyered.)

  7. Brian says:

    Since I predicted on Friday that Griffin would end up aplogizing to Olbermann and putting him back on the air quickly, I new predict that Olbermann will spend his hour bashing Fox News. He will begin with the racist angle, move to homophobia, then on to islamophobia. He will then blame O’Reilly and Murdoch for everything.
    At the end of the day, it will be all Fox News’s fault. That’s all the man knows. Watch Fox, obsess about Fox, stalk O’Reilly, call them names. End of story.

  8. I think there must be a gene that liberal, left wing, commies possess.
    Other than that, may I suggest a Vigilance Committee pay Bernie a visit. 3-7-77

  9. gitarcarver says:

    Hey Aaron!

    Good to see you here.

    I think that for the most part we agree on most things other than issues with the ADA.

    Agreeing should bother one of us. 😉

    Take care.

  10. You’re probably right, Aaron. It’s a shame that no Republican has come out and called Sanders on this.

  11. gitarcarver says:

    To be fair, I think that there are problems with the competition angle if Comcast is allowed to buy NBC.

    Normally this would not be an issue in a free market, but the cable market is, for the most part, a monopoly in any given area.

    Comcast and the Fox Newtork (not the news division) just had a nasty battle of redistribution rates.

    Would Comcast have the same battle over rates with NBC if they owned NBC? Probably not. That means that NBC and its affiliates and offsprings have a competitive advantage in the market.

    I do not believe that is good for the market or people in general.

    That being said, the idea that a sitting Senator wants to block the sale of one company to another because he doesn’t like what one company says, or doesn’t like the people that the company supports politically is absurd and has no place in the US.

    There may be other reasons to block the sale, but there is never a reason to block a sale based on protected free speech.

  12. David says:

    I don’t know how comcast work in your area, but if it is like down here, then you would likely never see NBC again as comcast hardly ever works.

  13. My parents tried Comcast for TV, Internet, and phone when they moved to South Jersey, switched to Verizon for phone and Internet (not that they are really happy with their customer service, either, but, the actual service works) and back to Direct TV fast.

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