Congressman Says Comcast Conspires Against Glenn Beck

David L. Cohen says company isn’t trying to keep conservatives off the air.

We told you in February that conservative talkmeister Glenn Beck was raising concerns about Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable; he was worried his online TV network, The Blaze, might not have a chance to get on “real” cable systems if Comcast controlled so much of the market.

During House committee hearings Thursday on that proposed merger, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert spun out his theory of why Comcast hadn’t put The Blaze among its cable offerings, and, well, it’s kind of hard to follow, but it involves Al Gore selling his old channel, The Current, to Al Jazeera. As quoted by The Wire, here’s Gohmert’s theory:

“And it was reported that Al Jazeera wanted to get their Sharia law push into the United States, and they were willing to pay big bucks …  but they wouldn’t do the deal unless Comcast was willing to keep them in its list of networks provided. So it was reported Comcast agreed, so Al Gore got all that oil and carbon-based money. Then, that kept Glenn Beck off the air. Of Comcast.”

So there’s that.

The Wire continues: “After that exchange, Cohen strongly denied that his company is part of a conspiracy theory to keep conservatives off the air. Gohmert’s rebuttal? ‘Cohen you’re a smart man and apparently a smart attorney. You understand the consequences of not speaking truthfully before Congress?’ Cohen answered, ‘I do.'”

This is just part of a long line of examples of conservatives getting antsy about the merger, which they seem to believe is another effort by liberals to dominate the media and its offerings. A few weeks ago, we told you why they shouldn’t worry: Comcast wants to make a profit, not further the ideology.

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