Opinion: Another amazing Washington coincidence: Comcast hires FCC member who just OKd its NBC merger
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This is one of those stories that doesn’t attract much attention from the factories that produce the news consumed by millions across this country.
It’s one of those ‘yeh-so-what-about-it?’ stories back there.
But for those who watch Washington closely from normal America, like a daily visit to some exotic zoo of human behavior, this story says much in its raw chronological simplicity about how that city works. And how it works for the benefit of those there, not those elsewhere.
That was all going to change after the 2009 inauguration of someone.
July 2009 -- President Obama appoints Meredith Attwell Baker as one of two Republican members among the five on the Federal Communications Commission.
January 2011 -- Baker joins three other commission members in approving the mega-takeover of NBCUniversal by Comcast Corp.
May 11, 2011, early -- Baker announces her FCC resignation effective June 3.
May 11, 2011, later -- Comcast announces Baker will become senior vice president of government affairs for the same NBCUniversal unit that she recently agreed could be swallowed by Comcast.
That’s how smoothly it works.
-- Andrew Malcolm
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