David L. Cohen

Oligarchy in the Twenty-First Century

Column: Think rich conservatives rule the world? Think again.

“To see what is in front of one’s nose,” George Orwell famously wrote, “needs a constant struggle.” In front of my nose as I write this is a copy of last Sunday’s New York Times. I have opened it to the business section. Below the fold is one of many Times articles on Thomas Piketty, the French economist and author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which argues that America has entered a second Gilded Age of vast inequality, inherited fortunes, and oligarchic politics, where the shape of public discourse and public policy is determined by a wealthy few.

Comcast Has Already Employed Questionable Advertising Practices

Time Warner Cable merger could lead to further control over political advertisements

The advertising practices of cable television giant Comcast are raising further questions about the company’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), a transaction that would grant it broad control over local and political advertising, critics say.

Comcast Merger Could Dominate Market for Local Political Advertising

Could have broad implications for political campaigns

Comcast—the cable television and Internet service giant with extensive ties to the Democratic party—could dominate the market for local political advertising if the company’s proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) is approved, according to industry sources.

Ready to Smirk

How Comcast bought the Democratic Party

Barack Obama, David CohenThe communications giant Comcast announced in February that it would buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, creating the largest cable provider in America, with more than 33 million customers. That is about one third of the U.S. cable and satellite television market. FCC approval is required for the merger to go into effect. Critics of the deal say it would lessen competition and lead to even shoddier customer service. They are probably right, as all of us will soon find out, because there is little chance the merger will be stopped. Comcast, Time Warner, and their political fixers have spent years preparing for this moment—by buying off the Democratic Party.

Carney: Accuses Rosen Of ‘Creating an Exchange for Fox’

When Fox News’ National Security Correspondent James Rosen pressed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on the issue of Benghazi and specifically, the United States’ poor posturing of troops in the Mediterranean, Carney responded by blaming Congressional Republicans for “turning this into a partisan issue”, and accusing Rosen of “creating an exchange here for Fox”.

The Vast Hillary Clinton Conspiracy

NBC, CNN Hillary Clinton movies shed light on Democratic donors

Recent news that NBC, which is owned by the Comcast corporation, will produce a four-hour miniseries on the career of former Senator, First Lady, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has thrown new light on the communication giant's long record of support for Democratic politicians and candidates.

Senators Call for Stronger Sanctions

Senators: Obama administration not doing enough to punish banks dealing with Iran

Chuck SchumerSen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) criticized administration officials for not doing enough to penalize banks that do business with Iran on Tuesday during an appearance before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Comcast’s Agenda

Conservative group confronts MSNBC’s owner Comcast about liberal bias at shareholder meeting

A Washington-based think tank pressed Comcast’s corporate leadership Wednesday morning on its refusal to air advertisements for gun manufacturers and refusal to answer inquiries into how it protects itself against charges of libel.