By Gautham Nagesh - 12/14/10 09:10 PM EST
"This savvy appears to be paying off, as, according to recent media reports, ninety-one of the ninety-nine House members and three of the five senators who recently wrote the Commission in support of the merger received donations from Comcast in the last election cycle," he continued. "There is no reason to assume that, if this merger is approved, Comcast-NBC will not have even more political clout in the future."
Comcast declined a request for comment, but has denied any plans to discriminate against competitors' content. Both NBC and Comcast have also made pledges designed to support independent and minority-owned programming.