Republicans seemed to hate everything Bill Clinton did while President. But lot of his liberal criticism comes from those who think he helped open the floodgates for media consolidation. Just looking at the TV networks, we now have ABC/Disney (ESPN, Disney Channel, ABC Family, etc.), CBS/Viacom (Paramount, MTV, etc.) CW/Viacom (Warner Bros. is in there somewhere), NBC/Universal (Bravo, MSNBC, CNBC, etc.) and of course, FOX/NewsCorp (FX, FOX News, etc.).
Now, it looks like that already conglomerated mass could get even more amalgamated. Rupert Murdoch, gruff patriarch of Newscorp might be after NBC/Universal, bringing the five broadcast channels under the control of three companies. Doesn't sound like a particularly good idea to me.
Editor's Note: If you think that I made a jump with the merging of the news divisions, I actually got that from far-right radio back-bencher, Mark Levin, who was crowing about how "we" could make MSNBC a branch of FOX "News." Which should tell you right where FOX "News" really fits in the bias department.
GE to have right to sell stake in new NBC venture
General Electric could start to exit a new NBC Universal joint venture with Comcast Corp as soon as three-and-a-half years after the ink is dried, two people familiar with the talks said on Monday. . .
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