Susan Crawford, a former special assistant to President Obama for technology policy, sees a potential culprit in MSNBC’s decision to suspend anchor Keith Olbermann last week: maybe Comcast had something to do with it. Comcast is in the midst of a merger with NBC Universal, the owner of MSNBC.
Crawford, whose Twitter handle is @scrawford, tweeted on Saturday: “someone should find out whether any comcast connection to olbermann fracas – and remember Quiz Show plot line.”
Asked whether she was serious, Crawford confirmed that she was. She has previously raised concern that the merger might give Comcast the ability to tamper with MSNBC, which has a left-leaning reputation, in order to maintain a positive business relationship with Fox, which has a right-leaning reputation.
More generally, corporate-controlled media will always squelch any message that can be construed as anti-corporatist. I don’t watch “Countdown” and I don’t want to make Olbermann into a martyr here — and, yes, I’m sure he’s loving the publicity — but at a certain point, the coinky-dinkies start to add up, from Ashleigh Banfield to Phil Donohue to this.
You’re crazy if you don’t think that, in the absence of net neutrality legislation, they’ll eventually come for the blogs too.