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Any time you hear media executives talking about synergies, throwing around the business-babble that always accompanies these rumors, you know it’s time grab your wallet and hang on tight. Big mergers like this inevitably mean higher prices for real people, to pay down the money borrowed to finance these deals and their golden parachutes. The deals are driven by Wall Street’s insatiable desire for short term growth at any cost. And just as AT&T’s recent purchase of DirecTV was quickly followed by price hikes, there’s every reason to expect this potential tie-up would cost internet users and TV viewers dearly too.

— Free Press’ Matt Wood: A multibillion dollar merger of AT&T and Time Warner would cost customers dearly

# Permalink (Sunday, October 23, 2016)

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Big media wants to get even bigger: AT&T is said to be in advanced merger talks with Time Warner

Bad news: Telco giant AT&T is trying to acquire Time Warner, with the apparent intent of creating a behemoth that would rival Comcast and Disney. Apparently the suits at Time Warner have not learned anything from the disastrous merger with AOL sixteen years ago. In 2000, AOL memorably bought Time Warner in what was one of the largest acquisitions in history. Time Warner eventually shed the money-losing AOL and spun it off into an independent company; it was subsequently purchased by Verizon. This rumored deal must not go through. Big media is already too big.

# Permalink (Friday, October 21, 2016)

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NPI thanks Attorney General Bob Ferguson for filing three new campaign finance complaints against Tim Eyman

Today, Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office announced that the State of Washington has filed three new campaign finance complaints against initiative promoter Tim Eyman and his associates in Thurston County Superior Court. The complaints concern v… (read more)

Tim Eyman’s associates ordered to pay $10,000+ in court costs and attorneys fees

Tim Eyman’s associates Roy Ruffino and Eddie Agazarm, who Eyman depends on to run his signature drives, have been ordered to pay over $10,000 in court costs and attorneys’ fees to the State of Washington by Thurston County Superior Court Judge… (read more)

NPI thanks AG Bob Ferguson for asking courts to hold Tim Eyman in contempt

Today, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office announced it has filed motions in Snohomish and Thurston County Superior Court asking that Tim Eyman and his associates be found in contempt for failing to fully cooperate with its inves… (read more)

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