Comcast Today: Washington Post Cautiously Endorses Merger

Today’s Comcastic headlines:

Washington Post cautiously endorses Comcast-Time Warner merger: Some merger supporters overstate the extent of competition the cable industry faces. At the moment, there are few broadband services as attractive as the wired connections cable companies sell. That might change, but it is not clear how fast and in what way. Merger defenders also downplay the conflicts of interest that might encourage firms such as Comcast to promote their products on the wires they own, about which critics are speculating. That is not grounds to take the severe step of blocking a proposed merger. But it is reason for federal regulators to keep a close eye on what cable companies, still huge players in how we communicate and consume culture, end up doing to competitors and upstarts — and to set clear conditions that allow a crackdown, if necessary. (Washington Post)

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Interview: Pulitzer Winner Inga Saffron Watches Philly Grow

Inga Saffron. Photo: Bradley Maule

Inga Saffron. Photo: Bradley Maule

Truth be told, Inga Saffron seemed a little embarrassed about appearing on Philly Mag’s list of the city’s 75 most-powerful people. (The issue is on newsstands now.) “So far I have not succeeded in bending anybody to my will,” she emailed when we requested this interview.

But then Saffron on Monday won a Pulitzer Prize for her writing as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s architecture critic. The award citation said she “blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise,” and that sounds about right, even if she hasn’t bent anybody to her will.

Saffron talked with Philly Mag last week about architecture criticism, the late-arriving triumph of urbanism, and her fondness for Philadelphia. Some excerpts:

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Inga Saffron Wins a Pulitzer Prize

She’d been a finalist several times, now the award is hers: Inky architecture critic Inga Saffron has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in criticism. The citation:

Awarded to Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer for her criticism of architecture that blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise.

We at Philly Mag sometimes like to have fun with Saffron’s particular way of viewing the world — but Philadelphia would be poorer without her commentary. For some of us new to town, reading Saffron’s critiques have offered insight into what makes Philly Philly, in terms of culture and history, that simple thumbs-up thumbs-down reviews of buildings couldn’t do on their own. Congratulations to her.

(Oh, and Saffron is featured on Philly Mag’s list of the city’s 75 most powerful people. Check it out on newsstands now!)

Inky Owners Return to Court to Settle Sale

The Inquirer’s feuding owners returned to court in Delaware today to decide if the paper’s future will be decided with a private auction among its current owners or a public auction that brings in outsiders.

George Norcross, who leads the majority faction of owners arguing for a private auction, got first crack at making his argument.

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