There’s a larger problem here, too, though—one that Hiltzik gets at in an aside about how the deal is “concentrating economic power in fewer hands.” That doesn’t ever seem to be a consideration for antitrust officials. Why isn’t it?

Further Reading:

A Scalpel We Can Believe In. Obama’s antitrust regime and the proposed Comcast/NBC merger

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