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Posted 30 October 2017 - 01:25 PM

And there's no doubt he wouldn't hesitate to use his position to suppress CNN in a heartbeat. It's what dick-taters dictators do.

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AT&T is currently trying to finalize an $86 billion acquisition of Time Warner. It’s actually behind schedule. But not to worry. The companies say they are extending their deadline “for a short period of time to facilitate obtaining final regulatory approval required to close the merger.”

AT&T needs the Justice Department’s approval for that deal. Normally, that decision would be housed off at the Antitrust Division at the Justice Department. But no one thinks that’s how it works in the Trump Administration. AT&T needs Donald Trump’s sign off, possibly mediated through the hand of Jeff Sessions but maybe not. Indeed, there has already been quite a bit of concern on Capitol Hill that Trump would try to hold up the AT&T deal as a way to exert pressure on Time Warner?

Why would the President want to pressure Time Warner? Because Time Warner owns CNN. And the White House has already put out word that it wanted to use the deal as a way to place pressure on CNN to rein in its coverage. Senators have pressed the administration to make the decision purely on legitimate antitrust grounds. Finalizing the deal has gone over schedule. It’s been suggested that to help move things along AT&T might suggest (or perhaps already has suggested) that it will rein in the “fake news” at CNN as a way to get President Trump to Yes.

Last night, as CNN’s breaking news about a Mueller indictment was rippling across the interwebs, Roger Stone went on a Twitter tirade ranting at various people. One Tweet thought was quite specific.

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When AT&T aquires Time Warner the house cleaning at CNN of human excrement like @donlemon @jaketapper & dumbfuck @ananavarro will be swift

— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) October 28, 2017

Obviously, Roger Stone can rant and wish all he wants. He was in a splutter and a rage. How can he know what AT&T is going to do. But let’s go back to one more thing we know. Roger Stone still regularly talks to President Trump. Is that what President Trump told Stone? That AT&T promised they’ll ‘clean house’ at CNN?

Yes, I agree, a few links in the chain of this hypothetical. But is it even plausible that Donald Trump wouldn’t try to use such an opportunity to at least squeeze one of his arch-wrestling match enemies? Hardly. It’s exactly the kind of thing that would get Trump and Stone giddy and bloody-minded. It’s totally Stone’s kind of thing; and Trump’s too. Someone should start asking some questions. Start at DOJ and in the C-Suite at AT&T.

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 01:51 PM

I mean, if Time Warner and AT&T wanted they could UP the negative coverage and let Dump know what things could be like if he meddles. That does take some courage of course, something business type always claim but don’t really have.

And Stone should DIAF, seriously.

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 02:05 PM

View PostProgressive whisperer, on 30 October 2017 - 01:51 PM, said:

And Stone should DIAF, seriously.

The right-wingnuts seem to have no shortage of absolutely horrible damaged people. It's like flies to shit.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 02:33 PM

View PostLFC, on 30 October 2017 - 02:05 PM, said:



The right-wingnuts seem to have no shortage of absolutely horrible damaged people. It's like flies to shit.

“Money for nothing”, and it’s not like a normal, healthy mind would work at that level for them.

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 06:48 PM

View PostLFC, on 30 October 2017 - 01:25 PM, said:

And there's no doubt he wouldn't hesitate to use his position to suppress CNN in a heartbeat. It's what dick-taters dictators do.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:24 AM

But remember, the Dumpster base likes Dick-taters. And french fried taters.

https://www.youtube....h?v=4pz2kXoDo_s

They ordered them some of the bigguns, and put the biggest one possible in the White House.
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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:26 AM

View Postpnwguy, on 31 October 2017 - 09:24 AM, said:

But remember, the Dumpster base likes Dick-taters. And french fried taters.

FREEDOM fried taters, thank you very much Mr. I Hate America.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:44 AM

View PostLFC, on 31 October 2017 - 09:26 AM, said:

FREEDOM fried taters, thank you very much Mr. I Hate America.

Well, that's only for those that like a big Bush.

https://www.youtube....E3EE6864AF17107

I wonder when the Dumpster base is going to realize the ruse and want their 25 dollars back.
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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:48 AM

View Postpnwguy, on 31 October 2017 - 09:44 AM, said:



Well, that's only for those that like a big Bush.

https://www.youtube....E3EE6864AF17107

I wonder when the Dumpster base is going to realize the ruse and want their 25 dollars back.

No valid sentence can include “Dumpster base” as the subject and “realize” as the verb.
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Posted 08 November 2017 - 05:54 PM

And theeeeere's the hammer. Trumpian corruption at its finest. In full:

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I’ve previously noted the chatter that AT&T may have or may need to give President Trump assurances that CNN will be reined in before his Justice Department okays its $84.5 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The Financial Times has just reported (sub req) that the DOJ is now telling AT&T that it needs to sell CNN if it wants the acquisition approved.

From the FT …

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The sale of CNN, which President Donald Trump has fiercely criticised as a broadcaster of “fake news”, is just one of the demands being made by the US antitrust authority in order to sign off on the deal, those involved in the talks said. But it could prove a stumbling block.

AT&T is opposed to selling the TV network and is preparing to take the Trump administration to court, arguing the deal with Time Warner does not pose any competition violations.

“It’s all about CNN,” said one person with direct knowledge of the talks between the company and the DOJ, adding that the regulator made it clear to AT&T that if it sold CNN the deal would go through.


Makan Delrahim is the new head of the AntiTrust division …

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Makan Delrahim, the new head of the justice department’s antitrust division, has been more conciliatory, saying before taking office that he did not believe the merger posed a “major antitrust problem”.

“The sheer size of it, and the fact that it’s media, I think will get a lot of attention,” Mr Delrahim told a Canadian TV station in 2016 after the AT&T deal with Time Warner was announced. “However, I don’t see this as a major antitrust problem.”

People with direct knowledge of the antitrust negotiations said Mr Delrahim had changed his view since taking office.


As I’ve noted in other contexts, I believe that as a general matter antitrust enforcement should be much more expansive and aggressive than it’s been in recent decades. But that’s a separate point. The key here is selective enforcement to advance political ends. We don’t know that that is what’s happening here. But given the players involved we have good reason to be highly suspicious.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 06:19 PM

AT&T CEO just said in the media he has no intention of selling CNN. I suspect this is heading to court where, once again, Trump's own words will be used to thwart what may have otherwise been a good idea.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 06:30 PM

View Postindy, on 08 November 2017 - 06:19 PM, said:

AT&T CEO just said in the media he has no intention of selling CNN. I suspect this is heading to court where, once again, Trump's own words will be used to thwart what may have otherwise been a good idea.

For certain flavors of “good”.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:55 AM

Josh Marshall sees another connection and has just one conclusion; Trump is abusing his power as President for a personal vendetta against a news agency that won't bend to his will. Fascism comes to America. We'll call this one Banana Trumpublicanization ™ since the Republicans don't seem to be directly involved ... at this time.

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As I’ve said before, I think these kinds of mergers/acquisitions are bad policy. But under current antitrust case law there’s really no reason or justification for blocking the acquisition or forcing this divestiture.

There’s little question what is going on here. It’s still yet to get that much attention because none of the players have any interest in saying what’s happening: not AT&T, not CNN or Time Warner. Even other news organizations are partly put in a bind since they’re competitors of CNN. But there’s no question what is happening here. It’s the President using his vast powers to try to damage a news organization that won’t come to heel.

Mayor Frank Rizzo tried the same type of thing with the newspapers in Philadelphia that reported stories he didn't like. He's still lionized by a certain segment of the city's population.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:10 PM

View PostLFC, on 14 November 2017 - 11:55 AM, said:

Josh Marshall sees another connection and has just one conclusion; Trump is abusing his power as President for a personal vendetta against a news agency that won't bend to his will. Fascism comes to America. We'll call this one Banana Trumpublicanization ™ since the Republicans don't seem to be directly involved ... at this time.



Mayor Frank Rizzo tried the same type of thing with the newspapers in Philadelphia that reported stories he didn't like. He's still lionized by a certain segment of the city's population.

Rizzo? That crook?!? This many years after much of his chicanery was out in the open?!?

*Sigh.* There is no hope.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:39 PM

Oh, yeah. The whole thing about taking down his statue has got some people up in arms though far from a majority. It doesn't matter that he systematically violated people's civil rights (yeah, THOSE people), attempted to shut down a constitutionally protected newspaper, bulldozed the site of a firefight between Philly police and MOVE (the original confrontation, not the one that happened later and burned down a bunch of houses) before it could be investigated by the Feds, and on and on. The man was completely crooked but Philly had a lot more of those Trump supporter types back then. I suspect most of the Rizzo supporters are aging and remember him fondly because he may have been a strongman but he was their strongman.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:56 PM

I remember both MOVE confrontations when I was living outside of Philly.

Rizzo provided a role model to all the big city mayors with law enforcement backgrounds that wanted to be seen as tough. Rudy Guilliani comes to mind.
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Posted 20 November 2017 - 05:02 PM

Aaaaaaand there it is, folks. Fascism coming to America through using the government to attack unfriendly media. And as the famous quote goes it's wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.

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The Department of Justice is set to file a lawsuit to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner, the parent company of President Donald Trump’s longtime cable network enemy CNN, according to several reports published Monday.

Politico first reported Monday afternoon, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, that the Justice Department plans to file a lawsuit blocking the merger. CNN also reported the potential lawsuit, citing an unnamed source, as did the Associated Press.

According to CNN, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said last week that the company would seek an expedited hearing if the Justice Department legally challenged the merger.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.

The Financial Times and Politico reported earlier in November that the Justice Department told AT&T that it would need to sell off CNN or make other concessions in order to obtain the department’s approval for the merger.

Trump has directed his ire at CNN since he was a candidate, in the early days before he expanded the definition of “fake news” beyond the one network to encompass others he also dislikes.

As multiple analyses have noted the demand that CNN be sold does not make any sense. Trump just wants it out there and vulnerable. I suspect the Mercers or Kochs are just waiting to snap it up and destroy it or resell it to Sinclair ... who, of course, would have no monopoly concerns because they're Trump friendly.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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