Comcast's Blast from the Past: Firing a Critic of Fox

05/14/2011 12:17 pm ET | Updated Jul 13, 2011

I could care less about an FCC commissioner going to lobby for Comcast. I care about what Comcast did to Barry Nolan in 2008, for standing up to Bill O'Reilly at a time when it wasn't so au courant to criticize Fox News. O'Reilly had a hissy fit after Nolan protested his getting a special regional news Emmy Award, and pressured Comcast to fire Nolan. They did.

Nolan is fine today. We shared lunch at a media conference last week, he is working on a great new documentary film. But what Comcast did was horrible. That's the reason to change cable companies. (OK, I do care about the commissioner, as well.)

See August 2010 Columbia Journalism Review (The O'Reilly Factor):

"I don't think they had the F-ing right to tell me what I'm allowed to say. In the end, I think they were trying to suck up to Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch and Bill O'Reilly in a way that's spineless and appalling for a company [Comcast] that aspires to run a major network news operation [NBC]. What happens when Keith Olbermann goes after O'Reilly? I think that's scary." - Barry Nolan, CJR.