Susan Crawford sees hints of Comcast in Olbermann suspension

"What happens to MSNBC post-merger?" she wrote in a blog post month. "Right now, it’s providing the only response to Fox News. Comcast won’t want to irritate Fox — you can’t be a pay-TV distributor without Fox News, in the same way that you can’t be a pay-TV distributor without ESPN. Fox News is a truck running downhill."

Crawford has been a vocal critic of cable and phone companies in her calls to reform rules for the communications industry. She is a professor at the Cardozo School of Law in New York.

Olbermann was indefinitely suspended from his position as an MSNBC anchor after Politico reported that he had donated to Democratic candidates in violation of company policy.