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Al Franken Finds Unlikely Ally in Fight Against Comcast/Time-Warner Merger

Does anyone think this is a good idea?

Does anyone think this is a good idea?

Al Franken has spent years railing against the proposed merger of Comcast and Time-Warner. As the regulatory approval process drags on, Franken and his lefty compatriots opposing the merger have picked up a few deep-pocketed allies from the right.

Republican Super PAC Conservative War Chest announced last week it will begin airing two-minute ads opposing the merger in five states because it would increase the power of "the nation's most powerful and even militant left-of-center political force."

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An accompanying 65-page report is being sent to NBC affiliates across the country detailing how NBC News, in the view of CWC, has devolved into the vicious liberal propaganda arm of Obama and his corporate masters.

"I hope the affiliates have a stiff drink ready when they read the report," writes CWC spokesman Mike Flynn in a press release. "Reviewing the trite liberal gruel that comes out of Brian Williams and Chuck Todd, for example, is not for the faint of heart."

Conservative opposition to the merger isn't without precedent. Last February Glenn Beck began pontificating about the dangers of the merger after he realized a huge media monopoly could threaten his independent media operation, The Blaze.

In December the New York Times reported industry insiders were predicting a decision by the FCC as soon as March, so, misplaced inflammatory rhetoric aside, it's good to see major players (and money) from both sides of the aisle line up against the merger as it gets down to crunch time.

If approved, the new cable giant would control about a third of the country's cable TV and cable internet subscribers.

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