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  •  I'm not going to engage your sillier "arguments" (1+ / 0-)
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    That rely upon formal standards which don't apply here.

    As for this, well, obviously the FCC can't approve or disapprove because it just feels like it, and has to be mindful of case law and the legal consequences of approving or disapproving without regard to it (as well as, of course, statutory law, including its own mandate).

    But, one, that still leaves it with some room to decide one way or another--provided that it does so smartly, from a legal pov, which I'm certain it will. (But even then, I find it hard to believe that this could be approved, legally, from an anti-competitive pov, but given how conservative and pro-corporate the courts have been in effectively rewriting statutory law, it may not really matter what the statutes say if the courts say otherwise, effectively.)

    And, two, the idea that there isn't some ethically corrupt negotiation going on behind the scene, with a combination of incentives and threats are being used to pressure the FCC commissioners--and for all I know judged--to approve, is simply laughable. This is how our world actually works, compared to how it's supposed to and should work. That I can't "prove" it is meaningless, because we've seen this happen countless times in other matters.

    Either way, the FCC is going to get slammed by someone however it decides. Ideally, it would be for doing the right thing here. More likely, though, it will be for doing the opposite. I'd love to be wrong on this. I don't think I will.

    My cynicism is born from experience and observation of how the world actually works, not what I was taught in grade school.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 08:45:55 AM PST

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