Philadelphia Mayor Backs Comcast-Time Warner Merger

Philadelphia Mayor Backs Comcast-Time Warner Merger

With the federal government in lockdown due to antipathy between the legislative and executive branches and state governors in trouble or under indictment, it's hard to find sympathy for politicians at any level these days.

It's understandable that the mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, would side with Comcast, one of his city's major business enterprises, endorsing its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable and praising it as "a great corporate citizen " But it makes you wonder if he has any concern at all for the thousands of Philadelphia-area citizens who have put up for years with Comcast's poor service and excessive charges.

Is his head so deep in the sand that he can't read the comments in the press or hear the protests of Comcast's clients shouting "We vote no!" outside Comcast's recent shareholder meeting — or acknowledge the 64,000 comments received by the Federal Communications Commission in relation to the Comcast-Time Warner merger?

Sometimes it's best for a politician to say nothing, but it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Or maybe anything at all.