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Comcast pays people to artificially fill up an FCC hearing; nitwits defend it

While this is outrageous enough...

Consider this: One side in the debate actually went to the trouble of hiring people off the street to pack a Federal Communications Commission meeting yesterday - and effectively keep some of its opponents out of the room. Broadband giant Comcast - the subject of the F.C.C. hearing on network neutrality at the Harvard Law School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts - acknowledged that it did exactly that.

Comcast spokeswoman Jennifer Khoury said that the company paid some people to arrive early and hold places in the queue for local Comcast employees who wanted to attend the hearing.

Some of those placeholders, however, did more than wait in line: They filled many of the seats at the meeting, according to eyewitnesses. As a result, scores of Comcast critics and other members of the public were denied entry because the room filled up well before the beginning of the hearing.

...the first couple of comments on that post are even worse:

So what!?

If this was the Democrats rounding up the homeless to get on a bus and go vote, paying them with booze and cigarettes, you'd be calling it "voter enfranchisement" or some other nonsense.

Oh, I get it... big business bad, Republicans bad... must link them together in a back-room curly mustache stroking conspiracy...

No mention of Hillary's "ward leader tactics" against Obama, just digging up some obscure nonsense nobody cares about because there is a weak stretch link to a Republican (sort of)...


So what's the problem Bunch re. some guys getting paid to fill a hearing at the FCC? This was open to all, which is the American way with no one getting reserved and special seating. The so-called "hundreds of advocates for NET neutrality (who) were anxious to attend the hearing but couldn't get into the room" you whine about could have come earlier and could have had that seating. If these "hundreds of advocates" you speak of really wanted to take part in the FCC hearings, they shouldn't have waited until the last minute to attend. First come, first served. "F" your advocates! Probably a bunch of looney lefties anyway trying to disrupt another meeting with nothing to say or contribute and only there to get their 15 minutes of fame.

What a country we live in.

By fnord12 | February 27, 2008, 10:34 AM | Liberal Outrage


see, it's stuff like this that makes me tired in my soul. and also makes me want to punch people, but i kinda injured myself already so i'm not allowed until i can drum again.