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Trump is right to demand that AT&T sell CNN, but he's doing it for the wrong reason

Trump is right to demand that AT&T sell CNN, but he's doing it for the wrong reason

Given the hand-wringing over the Trump administration’s reported demand that AT&T divest CNN as a condition of approving its $85-billion acquisition of Time Warner, CNN’s parent, you’d think that Trump was interfering in a merger that could only do good things for the public interest.

But that’s wrong. It has been crystal clear since the deal was announced about a year ago that the government should block the proposed merge. Forcing AT&T to sell CNN would be a positive step in averting all the ills that will emanate from the merger, but only a modest step. The companies shouldn’t be allowed to combine at all.

Trump’s rhetoric about the deal, which dates back to his...

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