AT&T, Justice Department await decision that could determine future of media


This is morning edition from npr news good morning i'm david green and i'm rachel martin today may mark the beginning of some big changes in the american media industry a federal judge will hand down his decision on whether at and t is free to take over time warner time warner owns warner brothers studios and numerous cable channels at and t provides broadband and telephone services and also owns direct tv the justice department opposes this deal steve inskeep talked with npr's david folkenflik about what's at stake so why would the justice department be opposed the justice department has said that it's too big too big is too much that consumers are gonna be throttled by the idea of these it's almost two halves of the same industry the people who create the content the people who funneled to you getting together it's too much problems with it they want to protect the consumer that's the argument trump made that claim on the campaign trail and he also at times seemed to tie it to his critique of cnn which of course is one of time warner's major properties so the implied not quite explicit shit but heavily implied threat is that trump didn't like cnn's coverage and therefore he was going to go after cnn's corporate parent because they had this vulnerability they wanted approval for this merger that's right now to be fair the head of his antitrust unit is widely respected by lawyers on both sides of this case in both sides of this issue but even though the judge barred discussion of trump's statements on this it looms over the entire case with that said there is this real question right i mean the question of cnn or hp our tnt getting into my house over an at and t broadband connection and is that too much power in one place that's the issue.

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