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Blame Trump Haters and the Media for DirecTV Rate Hikes

One of the more surreal “We have always been at war with Oceania” spectacles of the Trump era was seeing lefties and the media suddenly learn to live big corporate mergers and takeovers. As long as they involved friendly social justice corps.

Like AT&T. The new parent company of CNN.

The media decided to take AT&T’s side in its purchase of DirecTV, which created an even bigger access monopoly. Multiple media hit pieces claimed that DOJ opposition was a Trump conspiracy. The media and its stable of Trump haters got their way. And rates are now going up.

Monthly rates for new customers of the satellite-TV service have surged by more than 20 percent during the past year-and-a-half — a time period that happens to coincide with DirecTV owner AT&T’s ownership of Time Warner.

The telecom giant’s controversial, $85 billion purchase of Time Warner won approval from a federal judge in June 2018 — despite vigorous opposition from the US Department of Justice, which had warned that the deal would reduce competition and expose consumers to higher prices.

Read the full story from Front Page Mag

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