The Convervative War Chest Wednesday said it had launched a two-minute spot in five presidential swing states taking aim at NBC News as liberally biased and slamming its corporate owners--Comcast--over "potential collusion" with the Obama Administration to get the Time Warner Cable deal done.
A White House official declined to comment on its view of that proposed merger Tuesday (Jan. 13) when asked in another context.
In the ad, the group calls on NBC affiliates to rise up and save journalism from various alleged transgressions outlined in a release.
CWC claims the ad has been placed on NBC affiliates in those states, an ad that brands Comcast-NBC as a "militant left wing political force."
It also raises issues with the merger, or at least with allowing a company it has thusly branded to get bigger.
“Comcast needs Obama Administration approval to merge with Time/Warner cable, giving it access to two-thirds of American’s homes,” CWC spokesman Pat Flynn said in a statement. “The last time Comcast needed a government favor we got Al Sharpton five nights a week. What will we get in exchange for a deal worth billions to Brian Roberts and other owners of Comcast?”
The group also says it is sending a "a 65-page report documenting the overt political bias at Comcast-owned NBC and MSNBC News" to NBC affiliates across the country. CWC does concede there are "many good and fair reporters in NBC," laying much of the blame on "corporate suits" trying to curry political favor with the administration.
The bias charge is not new. MSNBC has raised conservative hackles, as has the fact that some top execs at parent Comcast--including CEO Brian Roberts--are Obama supporters.
Comcast had no comment on the campaign, but the company has a non-interference with news pledge dating from its NBCUniversal deal. “We do not interfere with the news judgment of the division or news networks,” said a source.