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Why the AT&T/Time Warner merger makes sense and the Justice Department lawsuit doesn't

Why the AT&T/Time Warner merger makes sense and the Justice Department lawsuit doesn't

Department of Justice officials announced Monday that they were swooping in to protect Americans from economic predators by fighting for our right to watch “Game of Thrones.” The prosecutors’ target is AT&T’s proposed merger with Time Warner. But like “Game of Thrones,” the government’s lawsuit is set in a world of ancient fantasies, rather than current law and the real economics of Hollywood.

The department argues that if AT&T consummates its $85-billion purchase of Time Warner, the combined firm would “use its control of Time Warner’s popular programming as a weapon to harm competition … [which would] result in fewer innovative offerings and higher bills for American...

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