The Hyperbole of the AT&T/Time Warner Merger


By Roger Entner

The reaction to the announcement of AT&T and Time Warner agreeing to combine has been nothing short of fascinating.

The fact that only a press release and a one-page letter to employees has been released thus far has not stopped consumer advocates from making all sorts of claims about the merger — from allegations that the merger is between AT&T and the cable company Time Warner Cable, which it’s not, to suggestions that the merged entity will bring an end to consumer video content as we know it.

These sorts of machinations are to be expected in the highly charged political atmosphere in Washington, D.C., but a few of the points being alleged call for deeper analysis.

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