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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:10 AM
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Comcast Stacks FCC Hearing Seats With Sleepy Shills
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 11:10 AM by marmar
This is over a week old, but I just ran across it. ..... Unreal!


from The Consumerist:



Comcast Stacks FCC Hearing Seats With Sleepy Shills

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 SaveTheInternet.com, 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.

Comcast PR rep Jen Khoury told Portfolio, Comcast informed our local employees about the hearing and invited them to attend... Some employees did attend, along with many members of the general public," adding that, "For the past week, the Free Press has engaged in a much more extensive campaign to lobby people to attend the hearing on its behalf."

Whichever side you believe, one thing is for certain: Comcast employees are very tired (exhibit A, exhibit B).

http://consumerist.com/361095/comcast-stacks-fcc-hearin...
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:23 AM
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1. Was this made public to the locals about what Comcast did?
Any complaints to Harvard?
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CRF450 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:45 AM
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2. Maybe they're sick of the FCC's bullshit just like we are?
Just a guess.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:49 AM
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4. These were people paid by Comcast to cheer their OPPOSITION to Net Neutrality....
.... not to protest the FCC's corporate shilling.

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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:37 PM
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5. At the same time these people sitting in the seats were not
exactly happy about being there.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:48 AM
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3. delete, posted in wrong spot
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 11:48 AM by marmar
mods pls delete


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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:40 PM
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6. I guess this is a big Yawn post,
judging from the activity. Nothing to see here.

Money seems to undermine democracy. What other sage understanding can be gleaned? Perhaps we should jump for joy that banks are facing a systemic margin call.
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