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God Supports The AT&T T-Mobile Merger
AT&T's Merger Support Hijinks Still Making Waves
by Karl Bode 12:37PM Tuesday Oct 18 2011
Using lobbyists, hired consultants, fake consumer groups, think tanks and an unlimited number of advocacy groups willing to repeat whatever they're told in exchange for cash donations -- AT&T has created a "sound wall" of support for their planned acquisition of T-Mobile despite the deal's likely negative impact. AT&T lobbyists have engaged in these practices for decades, but only recently received attention for it when the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and eight board members (one an AT&T lobbyist) were forced to resign after using the group as an AT&T bullhorn.

AT&T has used all manner of groups to parrot merger support, ranging from cattle rancher groups to ballooning associations, all of whom have delivered breathless merger support either gratis or for cash donations. Despite this, the GLAAD fallout is the first time we can remember the company ever taking a PR hit for the behavior -- which usually runs below the attention threshold of the mainstream public and media. This week finds AT&T under fire for using the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter in Louisiana, to lobby the FCC and locals in exchange for $50,000:
The faith-based service provider offered what it acknowledged was “an out-of-place endorsement” of the AT&T merger with T-Mobile, with Rev. R. Henry Martin explaining that “People often call on God to help the outcasts and downtrodden that walk among us, [but] [s]ometimes, however, it is our responsibility to take matters into our own hands. Please support this merger.”
Who knew God wanted higher prices, reduced competition, and a further entrenched AT&T and Verizon market duopoly?

Most of these groups when asked (because we have) will insist that these are their own, legitimate positions on issues they've never been involved with before, and that they're not simply mindlessly parroting AT&T talking points for cash. In truth, many only see the cash and don't see the harm -- because they have absolutely no understanding (outside of what AT&T tells them) of the policies they're supporting, which usually run in stark contrast to the interests of their constituents and their group's stated goals.

Meanwhile, it speaks volumes about the T-Mobile merger when the majority of support for the deal has to be purchased.

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reply to thegeek

Re: Thegeek 13:01

said by thegeek:

Relax, I read your jesting and replied with additional sarcasm.

said by Dezbend:

Insulting people's religion shows poor social skills.

I'll remember that every time I encounter a Christian because they invariably insult my lack of religion.

You and I both know you weren't actually joking.

Since becoming an adult, I never had anyone insult my lack of religion (prior to being a Christian). I did, however, have nasty run ins with school aged children for years.
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Re: Worship at the Temple....

said by DataRiker:

Claiming yourself as normal is a big red non-normal flag to me.

I am normal.

Normal people do not defecate in police cars.

Normal people do not make a scene in a private bank and then complain about being asked to leave.

Normal people do not camp out in a major city for a month and trash the place.

Normal people do not block traffic on streets against the direct orders of the police, nor would we complain about being arrested for breaking the law.

Normal people see the irony and humor in engaging in a protest against capitalism while using expensive tools made by capitalists to do so.

Normal people have to work. We can't take off a month to engage in some childish "woe is me" protest because we have bills to pay. We don't have mommy and daddy to pay for our iPhones and our meal ticket.

Normal people don't complain about "corporate greed" while insisting on "demands" that are the epitome of personal greed.

Normal people don't blame Jews for all the world's financial problems. Hmmm where has this happened before.

Yes. I am normal.
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Approve the AT&T T Mobile merger, or the terrorists win......
Petty people are disproportionally corrupted by petty power

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...of the Almighty Dollar.

All bow down before the one you serve. You're going to get what you deserve....