"The letters have come from all around the United States — from the Nutmeg Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Connecticut, the Houston Area Urban League and even the Dan Marino Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.— some praising the Comcast Corporation, others urging the federal government to stand aside and approve Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable,"Eric Lipton reported Sunday for the New York Times.
"The argument has been reinforced by a blitz of academic papers from groups like the International Center for Law and Economics in Portland, Ore. More endorsements have come in from elected officials like Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican of Mississippi, and Fred Crespo, a Democratic state representative in Illinois.
"'The merger will not hinder competition but will bring better technology to more consumers,' Mr. Bryant said.
"But there is a common element to dozens of these appeals: The senders received money from Comcast in recent years, either as a charitable donation, corporate support or a political contribution, records show.
"It is a demonstration of how Comcast, the media conglomerate long known for its aggressive lobbying operation, has enlisted a vast network of allies to press federal regulators to approve the $45 billion transaction, much as it did in 2010 as it sought to acquire NBCUniversal. . . ."
Arturo Carmona, Fox News Latino: The Comcast-Time Warner merger really is that bad for Latinos
- Mario H. Lopez, Fox News Latino: Time Warner-Comcast deal has morphed into rallying point for self-proclaimed social justice activist (March 26)
Jemele Hill, an ESPN.com columnist who calls herself "The better half of ESPN2's His and Hers," her show with Michael Smith, was the subject last week of a three-part series by J.R. Gamble of the Shadow League.
Gamble introduced it as its "first profile in our TSL Leadership Series."
In Part II, Hill talked about being a black woman in a male-dominated world.
"With all of the support I received, any prejudices that I might have encountered just weren't enough to stop me; but that doesn't mean you don't deal with them," Hill said. "I know that at each step along the way, there were people that didn't believe in me or my ability. Now some of that has nothing to do with my gender or race, but some of it did. And once I started getting deeper into television, I think that there were people that frankly didn't know what to do with me. I wasn't a classic host. I was a commentator.
"I figured out that TV is all about duplicating what's already been successful. There are a lot of great copycat artists in television masquerading as geniuses. I didn't fit a mold. I'm sure if there were 10 other black women in sports television driving successful shows, I might have had the opportunity to drive a show sooner.
"I'd like to see women and people of color extended meaningful opportunities, and not just given 'chances.' There's a difference. I was very happy to see Fox give Katie Nolan her own show. She's young, gutsy and edgy. But could a young woman of color get that same opportunity and investment?
"I'm encouraged by the increasing numbers of women I see in this business. But I'm discouraged somewhat by the roles we're being offered. I stand out because I'm one of the few women driving content on a news-of-the-day sports show. There always will be roles set aside for women as sideline reporters and as hosts, but I'd like to see more women driving shows or more women as play-by-play announcers. And if we are hosting, I'd like to see more of us hosting major properties, like NFL pregame shows.
"I run into a lot of women who know sports just as well or better, but they haven't been put in a position to showcase their depth and versatility. Women and people of color often have to prove what they aren't, before people truly see who they are. . . ."
J.R. Gamble, the Shadow League: TSL Leadership Series: The Diary of Jemele Hill
- J.R. Gamble, the Shadow League: TSL Leadership Series: The Diary of Jemele Hill, Part II
- J.R. Gamble, the Shadow League: TSL Leadership Series: The Diary of Jemele Hill, Part III