Quick question:

What's the deal with Simon Rosenberg? He's the New Democratic Network's executive director and blogger favorite -- they just go hog wild when a savvy group forms to pump progressive politics:


"[NDN] works with other allied groups to build a strong, vibrant and powerful progressive politics capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century."
Rosenberg became the blog sweetheart when he ran for chair of the Democratic Party (a job eventually landed by Howard Dean), he's showed up in a recent Newsweek profile and is generally positioning himself as a player in progressive politics.

Not so fast. Labor expert Jonathan Tasini has a quick question: Why is a "Progressive" lobbying for Comcast?

From his pal Dan Carol, Tasini learned that:
"a few months ago, it appears that Simon sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting Comcast’s bid (in partnership with Time Warner) to buy Adelphi."

As Tasini goes on to point out, this kind of thing happens all the time when someone's angling for a sweet lobbying gig or on staff at some coin-op thinktank.

But when you're a champion of the internet as a decentralizing political tool, not to mention an advocate of healthy labor practices (Tasini calls them "virulently anti-union"), you do not throw your weight behind Comcast.

Doing that and calling yourself a progressive goes about as well together as a squash calzone with blue cheese (I'll save you the trouble -- it's gross). Tasini puts a question mark next to Rosenberg's name and makes this suggestion: "Maybe some of Simon’s advocates should take a look at what he’s up to — and at least ask him some questions..." (Working Life)

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