By John Kell
April 24, 2015

The implosion of the Comcast deal says something about the limits of corporate clout in Washington. We’ve never seen anything quite like Comcast’s campaign of recent years. It wasn’t just money – although there was plenty of that. CEO Brian Roberts feted President Obama on Martha’s Vineyard in his first term and golfed with him there in his second. The President attended so many fundraisers at the home of David Cohen, the company’s top political operative, that he joked: “the only thing I haven’t done in this house is Seder dinner.”

That all melted in the face of massive public opposition – to the merger, and to Comcast itself.

That object lesson, however, won’t stop thousands of journalists, celebrities, and business leaders from descending on Washington this weekend for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. I’ll be hosting Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky – who may want to have their own conversation about government regulation.

Anyone need a room?

Alan Murray


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