NBC, Comcast and AT&T prepare for wholly-owned matrimony
We, Comcast and AT& T, take you, NBC, to be our wedded peacock -- to have and to pluck as we see fit.
Let the nuptials begin with a quote from one of Comcast's current bedfellows. Drum roll please! He's the king of the threesomes. Hell, he's the king of the quadruple-somes. A man who famously brandishes his First Amendment right to say and show anything. A man who will now have indirect access to one of broadcasting's once honorable "family" networks. Let's hear it for Larry Flynt!
Felled by a would-be assassin's bullet, a subsequent stroke and a sub-subsequent addiction to drugs, he's a surprisingly affable guy, a plucky fellow who keeps rising despite adversity.
Is the drum still on a roll? It should be. Larry Flynt is something of a best man to put these strange bedfellows in context. He is a man reflective of his country's inherent contradictions. Many years ago, he boldly showed what no man dared to show before -- the "pink shots." Flynt once took Jesus as his savior, promising to "hustle for God." Then, presto! He's an atheist again. He is nothing if not pliable and resilient, stronger than Mount Rushmore and Rush Limbaugh combined! Unflinchingly pornographic, unapologetic and prolific, Flynt's corporation produces "about a thousand films a year" for Comcast/AT&T and others.
Larry laments: "The world is not what it used to be and will never be that way again." By that, he means "innocent." Flynt's an expert on lost innocence. He has an infamously high tolerance for helping others lose theirs. But, even he sounded confused by the upcoming 30 billion dollar wedding. He was not, however, objecting at the altar since he stands to profit from the union.
So, let us bow our heads in honor of the NBC/Comcast/AT&T threesome.
I, Comcast, the nation's largest cable company and, therefore, one of the largest purveyors of double X pornography in the country ...
I, AT&T, the world's largest warrantless wire-tappers outside of China and wealthy financial beneficiary of National Security Council and F.B.I. contracts ...
NBC, as our corporately wedded partner, to have and to molt, until stock price death do we part.
It is now NBC's turn:
I, NBC, promise to cross promote, product place, placate and propagate Comcast/AT&T's propaganda. And, that's not all. We promise to do it with a shiny smile, while skipping to Bri-tunes, waving red, white and blue pom-poms and singing the Star-Spangled Banner.
We at NBC have shown that we are a compliant partner, proven to have and hold tightly all unsightly corporate secrets. You see, we have been married before. During that marriage, we learned loose lips sink ships -- the military kind -- with engines made by our first corporate betrothed, General Electric. Neither were NBC's lips loose when the New York Times won a Pulitzer for reporting on the cabal of retired flag officers who worked for defense contractors and pimped the progress of the Iraq war for NBC and other networks while posing as "independent" military analysts.
The Bush administration was happy; the Pentagon was happy; and GE and other defense contractors were happy. Brian Williams, a very cool dude, was so happy he was speechless. To this day, Williams has never informed his viewers of the Pulitzer won by the Times or the fact that his "independent" military experts were pimping for God, Country, Bush, and the military-industrial complex. Sometimes words can just fail a guy, even a cool one.
General Electric claims to "Bring Good Things to Life," and we were a peacock that never tired of parroting that slogan. At NBC we rarely brought bad things to light, like the fact that General Electric is one of the world's leading beneficiaries of war. GE makes military aircraft, fighters and tankers, helicopters and surveillance aircraft and bombers. GE builds and tests nuclear bombs, is known for making billions on questionable international arms deals and has a history of large-scale air and water pollution. But never mind all that! Corporate marriage vows, like those exchanged between all brides and grooms, say "for better or for worse."
Forever faithful, NBC will kiss GE goodbye and be a loyal mouthpiece in its new corporate marriage to Comcast/AT&T. GE is divorcing itself from the old, tired bird. It no longer needs a marketing network. Perhaps that's because this bird has been well trained and can be released safely from its gilded cage. And, during wartime, GE's war record speaks for itself. I guess when corporations buy the line they get to decide where to draw it. With the bird in hand, NBC was an ally with a far reaching, mouthpiece. A thirty billion dollar mouthpiece that will now look the other way for Comcast/AT&T.
So, don't expect the FCC or any other regulatory agency to stand up and protest. They are bound to smile, look away, and permit by demurring. We know this because of the other wedding bouquets already thrown. ABC caught one and married Disney. CBS snared another and wed a dashing bachelor named Viacom. With the Big Three owned by entertainment companies or communications companies in cahoots with government surveillance, journalists don't know whether to break out in song during auditions, or begin using pay phones to avoid surveillance. Most up and coming "journalists" are so confused about their roles in the Fourth Estate, they're hedging bets by getting degrees in marketing and advertising as well. Larry Flynt might call that a head job.
Final Marriage pledge:
NBC, the Nothing But Complicit network, promises to never rat on anyone with the potential to deflate its stock prices or the stock of those who peddle in greed, war, spying or sex. Unto Comcast/AT&T, NBC now pledges its troth.
'Till death, or a better offer, do they part.
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