Friday, February 29, 2008

Welcoming Our Corporate Overlords

This is one of the most blatant attempts to hijack democracy by a corporation that I’ve seen in a long time. At this week’s FCC public hearing on net neutrality in Boston, Comcast paid its employees to fill all the seats, so the general public couldn’t attend: 
Comcast admitted to paying its employees to sit in at a F.C.C. hearing on net neutrality at the Harvard Law School today, depriving angry protesters from their right to sit in those folding chairs. Despite the venue being filled to over capacity, keeping some people from entering, not everyone inside seemed appreciative of their privilege. One Comcast employee admitted on tape, "I'm just getting paid to hold someone's seat, I don't even know what's going on." According to, the Comcast employees, "arrived en masse some 90 minutes before the hearing began and occupied almost every available seat, upon which many promptly fell asleep." The stacked audience's behavior was limited to wearing a yellow highlighter, sleeping during the proceedings, and loudly applauding when Comcast VP David Cohen got on the mic. has video and audio clips.

So a major corporation already in the news for violating American citizens' Fourth Amendment rights uses its wealth and power to deny citizens access to a public hearing. The mainstream media should be all over this story, right?

Wrong! They’re too busy covering this election sideshow: Texas poll numbers and Barack Obama’s middle name.

Thank God we have the internet to tell us this story.

Which might have something to do with Comcast’s interest in the net neutrality issue to begin with. Ya think?