Nice Job Rewarded

(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

I think that this Tweet from Greenwald’s summed up the reaction to this news:

Can’t recall reading a news article in quite some time that produces as much intense nausea as this one

After approving NBC buyout, FCC Commish becomes Comcast lobbyist

Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, plans to step down-and right into a top lobbying job at Comcast-NBC.

The news, reported this afternoon by the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and Politico, comes after the hugely controversial merger of Comcast and NBC earlier this year. At the time, Baker objected to FCC attempts to impose conditions on the deal and argued that the “complex and significant transaction” could “bring exciting benefits to consumers that outweigh potential harms.”

Four months after approving the massive transaction, Attwell Baker will take a top DC lobbying job for the new Comcast-NBC entity, according to reports.

Comcast press release:

WASHINGTON, DC  –  May 11, 2011

Meredith Attwell Baker will join Comcast as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, NBCUniversal.  Ms. Baker currently serves as a member of the Federal Communications Commission.  Her current term at the Commission expires at the end of June 2011.

Kyle McSlarrow, President of Comcast/NBCUniversal for Washington, DC, said, “Commissioner Baker is one of the nation’s leading authorities on communications policy and we’re thrilled she’s agreed to head the government relations operations for NBCUniversal.  Meredith’s executive branch and business experience along with her exceptional relationships in Washington bring Comcast and NBCUniversal the perfect combination of skills.”

“I’ve been privileged to serve in government for the past seven years under President Obama at the FCC and President Bush at NTIA, I’m excited to embark on a new phase of my career with Comcast and NBCUniversal,” said Ms. Baker.

Ms. Baker, a Republican, was appointed to the FCC by President Obama in June of 2009. I guess he couldn’t find a Democrat. Mission accomplished

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    • TMC on May 13, 2011 at 5:27 am
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  1. Oh, Obama supporters?

    Hug my left nut.

    • banger on May 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    This is kind of normal. We live in a historical period that is, historically, perhaps the most corrupt period of American history at least in terms of size. Getting a cushy job for services rendered is pretty normal now in Washington.

    Nausea should be reserved for the massive looting of our wealth by the FIRE and MIC sectors in particular though if you look at every major area of the U.S. economy you see how industry has managed to seize government oversight and steer it to insure profits and privileges. Ultimately this will turn out to be a problem since, besides making us poorer, it stifles innovation and creativity. In the past, periods of corruption did not stifle our creativity as much as we are being stifled now.  

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