FCC Tells Congressman Baker Followed Rules In Departure For Comcast
June 3, 2011 at 4:00 AM (PT)
The FCC has responded to Rep. DARRELL ISSA's (R-CA) inquiry about the circumstances of Commissioner MEREDITH ATTWELL BAKER's exit to join COMCAST's NBCUNIVERSAL (NET NEWS 5/11) with a letter asserting that BAKER informed the FCC General Counsel on APRIL 13th to discuss what procedures she needed to follow if she chose to explore employment with the media company.
The letter to ISSA set APRIL 18th as the day BAKER formally informed the General Counsel about her intent to talk about a job with COMCAST, and said she recused herself from "matters that would have a direct and predictable effect on" the company.
BAKER's last day at the Commission is TODAY (6/3). She will be joining COMCAST as SVP/Government Affairs for the NBCUNIVERSAL unit.
Free Press Wants Commissioners To Pledge Not To Work For AT&T Or T-Mobile
While the Commission was reassuring ISSA, liberal media watchdog FREE PRESS was sending its own letter to the FCC asking the other four Commissioners to pledge not to seek employment with either AT&T or T-MOBILE after the companies' merger is reviewed. FREE PRESS Pres./CEO CRAIG AARON said, "If you want to know why the American people are disillusioned and disgusted with WASHINGTON, look no further than (BAKER's) decision to leave the FCC to become a lobbyist for COMCAST after rubber-stamping the media giant's takeover of NBC. We can no longer ignore the ruinous effect on public policy caused by the revolving door between the FCC and the companies it's supposed to be watching."