Cable giant Comcast, at the depths of its slimy operations, can’t seem to do anything right. First, they hire a Republican FCC commissioner who voted only months ago for its corrupt deal to buy NBC Universal.
Then, when Reel Grrls, a Seattle group that runs a summer camp teaching media skills to teenage girls, criticized the move, Comcast pulled their annual $18,000 corporate contribution. Rather than apologize, Reel Grrls stood tall and refused to retract a single word.
Some good news came from this fiasco. Reel Grrls has now raised enough money to tell Comcast to shove it and keep its contribution. The money that Comcast gave the group has been replaced by donations from real people outraged by the company’s actions.
The subject of the Reel Grrls' criticism was the announcement by Comcast last month that it is hiring FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, who recently voted to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. Following Reel Grrls' post on Twitter, a local Comcast vice-president immediately rescinded its annual donation to the girls' program.
Then when the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Associated Press got hold of the story, Comcast suddenly changed its tune. Comcast then apologized, calling it an action by an "unauthorized employee."
By then, public support for the young women came pouring in. Reel Grrls quickly raised $14,000. The group is still sticking to their principles and apologizing for nothing. They told Comcast to keep its money if it’s going to try to censor what they say.
This story is a real breath of fresh air in today’s America. Despite campaign promises to the contrary, the Obama administration didn’t have the guts to take on the bad guys. That was left to the kids. These girls are the real future of media, which is now so corrupt in its desire to generate money that it will never change.
To take on Comcast, the solution is simple. Turn off cable television. Simply quit subscribing. Tell them no. Everyone today can get television from the Internet. I did it years ago and feel good I no longer pay for television.
Of course, they still control the Internet. But competition to that technology will come as well. When it does, just say no.