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Cablevision Complaint - Unconscionable Programming Call

Review by MikeBecker on 2009-12-22
BETHPAGE, NEW YORK -- On Monday, December 21st, just shortly after 7:00 PM, cable operator(Cablevision) switched programming on Channel 66 from CSPAN II to a Davidson vs. Hofstra basketball game at Madison Square Garden.

The most important piece of social legislation (Health Care Reform) of our lifetimes is being debated live from the well of the Senate by the Senator from New Jersey, Bob Menendez and, the Dolan Family ( they own both Cablevision and MSG) thinks it is good business ( i.e. more profitable) to switch programming to a venue they have a financial stake in, nevermind it's some 4th tier basketball tournament.

Shameful and disgraceful.
The switch in programming was unconscionable.
Profit over the public good. Unacceptable.
This wasn't even a close programming call.
Comments:4 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-12-22
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2009-12-22:
Profit will ALWAYS trump public good in the corporate environment. That is not a new concept. You, as a customer, mean next to nothing to them. Just keep sending in your monthly subscription money.
Posted by goduke on 2009-12-22:
Debate assumes two sides. This legislation is not being debated. It's being touted.

I, personally, would much rather watch a good hoops game than watch the preening of a bunch of folks who have never held an honest job, and never had to worry about whether or not they actually could afford to go to the doctor.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2009-12-22:
Good point, too, goduke.
Posted by goduke on 2009-12-22:
All you need to know from the debate, according to Harry Reid:

"I don't know if there is a senator that doesn't have something in this bill that was important to them. And if they don't have something in it important to them, then it's -- [it] doesn't speak well of them," he said.

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