It's not much of a surprise that FCC Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker left the FCC to work in the media industry: on the contrary it's what almost always happens to FCC commissioners. Nor is it a surprise that the conflict was so blatant with her conflict of interest voting for the controversial Comcast-NBC merger mere months before taking a job with Comcast. Indeed, the FCC can dredge up much worse examples, like Charles Denny. As longtime-friend-of-CMA Bob McChesney tells the story in The Problem of the Media:
The FCC's plan for the development of television was a particularly shameful episode. FCC chairman Charles Denny [a Democrat!] pushed for a plan that basically gave NBC and CBS near monopoly control, and six months later Denny left the FCC to triple his salary as an NBC executive.All of this isn't much of a surprise, but what is a surprise (and somewhat heartening) is the backlash that has emerged against Meredith Atwell Baker (whose father-in-law is the notorious Republican consigliere and former secretary of state James Baker) has really made Baker the ugly poster-girl for corporate corruption in the politics of media and politics in general. Just look at her Wikipedia page, which is almost all about her move to Comcast. The New York Times even published an official op-ed decrying the move.
As always, my solution to this problem is simple: the elimination of all corporations.How refreshing to see a comment that strikes at the root of a problem. But if we take this comment as a starting point of a discussion, that discussion is very often short since most people couldn't even muster up a proposal as to how to eliminate all corporations. Luckily, this has been something I've written about. The proposal and analysis I would offer, in summary form, is as follows:
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