FCC Commissioner, Meredith Attwell Baker, Who Approved Comcast-NBC Universal Merger, Leaving to Join Comcast

Meredith Attwell BakerEdward Wyatt writes in the NY Times Media Decoder:

Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved a hotly contested merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who voted for the deal said on Wednesday that she would soon join Comcast’s Washington lobbying office.

Meredith Attwell Baker, a former Commerce Department official who worked on telecommunications issues in George W. Bush’s administration, announced that she would leave the F.C.C. when her term expires at the end of June. At Comcast, she will serve as senior vice president for government affairs for NBC Universal, which Comcast acquired in January.

The announcement drew immediate criticism from some groups that had opposed the Comcast-NBC merger. They said the move was indicative of an ethically questionable revolving door between regulatory agencies and the companies they oversee.

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31 Responses to FCC Commissioner, Meredith Attwell Baker, Who Approved Comcast-NBC Universal Merger, Leaving to Join Comcast

  1. hunter349 May 17, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    This is exactly the type of cronyism that corrupts our country. Her decision to approve the merger may have been founded on acceptable practices of the FCC (I don’t know and haven’t read too much about it). But even if it was, the ability for regulators to just freely move from the regulatory authority to a job with the company being regulated and vice versa is exactly why we have so many regulations not being fairly enforced and why so many regulatory bodies overturn regulations that are helpful to the country but may affect the profits of the companies who should be adhering to them.

  2. Anonymous May 17, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    This is exactly the type of cronyism that corrupts our country. Her decision to approve the merger may have been founded on acceptable practices of the FCC (I don’t know and haven’t read too much about it). But even if it was, the ability for regulators to just freely move from the regulatory authority to a job with the company being regulated and vice versa is exactly why we have so many regulations not being fairly enforced and why so many regulatory bodies overturn regulations that are helpful to the country but may affect the profits of the companies who should be adhering to them.

  3. Haystack May 17, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    This is the sort of behavior that earns you respect in our society as a successful individual. 

    • Chaorder Gradient May 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

       You forget that 99% of the people wont hear about this, and 99% of those that did hear of it wont care in a week, and 99% of those that still care won’t remember her name.

      …But that .0001% they’re the ones we need to depend on to out these people.

    • Honu May 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

      Nicely written Haystack with just the right amount of subtle snark. 

  4. Haystack May 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    This is the sort of behavior that earns you respect in our society as a successful individual. 

  5. Haystack May 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    This is the sort of behavior that earns you respect in our society as a successful individual. 

  6. Haystack May 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    This is the sort of behavior that earns you respect in our society as a successful individual. 

  7. Rex Vestri May 17, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    This type of bullshit ought to be illegal!

  8. Rex Vestri May 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    This type of bullshit ought to be illegal!

  9. ndmeador May 17, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Every once in a while a single story demonstrates the obscene inefficiency and degenerate corruptibility of our system of governance that not only allows but actually promotes an incestuous relationship between government and business. This is one of those stories.

    • Yeahwhatever May 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

       That should be what the guy says on the beginning of “Law and Order”

  10. ndmeador May 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Every once in a while a single story demonstrates the obscene inefficiency and degenerate corruptibility of our system of governance that not only allows but actually promotes an incestuous relationship between government and business. This is one of those stories.

  11. Chaorder Gradient May 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

     You forget that 99% of the people wont hear about this, and 99% of those that did hear of it wont care in a week, and 99% of those that still care won’t remember her name.

    …But that .0001% they’re the ones we need to depend on to out these people.

  12. Chaorder Gradient May 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

     You forget that 99% of the people wont hear about this, and 99% of those that did hear of it wont care in a week, and 99% of those that still care won’t remember her name.

    …But that .0001% they’re the ones we need to depend on to out these people.

  13. Chaorder Gradient May 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

     You forget that 99% of the people wont hear about this, and 99% of those that did hear of it wont care in a week, and 99% of those that still care won’t remember her name.

    …But that .0001% they’re the ones we need to depend on to out these people.

  14. Simiantongue May 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    What people generally expect of a public servant- “A person who exhibits wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues”.

    What people generally get for a public servant- “A seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor, self interest or retaining power than about maintaining principles.”

    The first type of ‘revolving door’ shuffler are the corporate officials that are appointed to key government posts to make sure that corporate interests are not meddled with by the American people.

    The second type is the government to cushy lobbying and/or paid speaker gigs. Where former government legislators and often times a coterie of hangers on will pass onto lucrative lobbying firms in order to lobby their former colleagues.

    The third type of ‘revolving door’ shufflers are the government to industry ones, who gained important experience and all important access to valuable contacts from within. Hard earned trust from the corporate sector by having a record of keeping public interests at bay.

    There doesn’t have to be a clear demarcation between these different types. A shuffler may share aspects from one or all three. Meredith Attwell Baker would not have to of violated any ethical agreements and approached Comcast. All she would have had to of do is make sure she has a strong record of keeping public interests at bay and Comcast would know “she is our man”, so to speak. There doesn’t even have to be a nod and a wink “You wash our backs and we’ll wash yours”. There are no secret cabal meetings to undermine public interests. Everybody knows the game, nobody has to be told what to do.

    Anyway if you are outraged by behavior like hers then you clearly haven’t been paying attention to how our society actually runs. This isn’t some dark underbelly of the levers of power gone awry. This is par for the course.

    • Simiantongue May 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

       *All she would have had to of done is make sure she has a strong record of keeping public interests at bay.. 

      That should be “done” not “do” I should get into the habit of proof reading before I post. :)

  15. Simiantongue May 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    What people generally expect of a public servant- “A person who exhibits wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues”.

    What people generally get for a public servant- “A seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor, self interest or retaining power than about maintaining principles.”

    The first type of ‘revolving door’ shuffler are the corporate officials that are appointed to key government posts to make sure that corporate interests are not meddled with by the American people.

    The second type is the government to cushy lobbying and/or paid speaker gigs. Where former government legislators and often times a coterie of hangers on will pass onto lucrative lobbying firms in order to lobby their former colleagues.

    The third type of ‘revolving door’ shufflers are the government to industry ones, who gained important experience and all important access to valuable contacts from within. Hard earned trust from the corporate sector by having a record of keeping public interests at bay.

    There doesn’t have to be a clear demarcation between these different types. A shuffler may share aspects from one or all three. Meredith Attwell Baker would not have to of violated any ethical agreements and approached Comcast. All she would have had to of do is make sure she has a strong record of keeping public interests at bay and Comcast would know “she is our man”, so to speak. There doesn’t even have to be a nod and a wink “You wash our backs and we’ll wash yours”. There are no secret cabal meetings to undermine public interests. Everybody knows the game, nobody has to be told what to do.

    Anyway if you are outraged by behavior like hers then you clearly haven’t been paying attention to how our society actually runs. This isn’t some dark underbelly of the levers of power gone awry. This is par for the course.

  16. Simiantongue May 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

     *All she would have had to of done is make sure she has a strong record of keeping public interests at bay.. 

    That should be “done” not “do” I should get into the habit of proof reading before I post. :)

  17. Honu May 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Disgusting bullshit 

  18. Honu May 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Nicely written Haystack with just the right amount of subtle snark. 

  19. Honu May 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Disgusting bullshit 

  20. Anonymous May 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    This is one story. There are soooo many…
    Remember the more famous Cheney -Haliburton ties? The entire Bush family ties? It goes on and on and on and on….

  21. GoodDoktorBad May 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    This is one story. There are soooo many…
    Remember the more famous Cheney -Haliburton ties? The entire Bush family ties? It goes on and on and on and on….

  22. Catherine May 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    She should be arrested. She betrayed public trust.

  23. Catherine May 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    She should be arrested. She betrayed public trust.

  24. Yeahwhatever May 19, 2011 at 12:39 am #

     That should be what the guy says on the beginning of “Law and Order”

  25. Yeahwhatever May 19, 2011 at 12:39 am #

     That should be what the guy says on the beginning of “Law and Order”

  26. Yeahwhatever May 19, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    The World is a Racket

  27. Yeahwhatever May 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    The World is a Racket

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