One of the four FCC commissioners that approved the Comcast-NBC deal has announced that she will be leaving the FCC at the end of her term in June. You'll never guess where she's going to work. Yep, Comcast . Meredith Attwell Baker will be Comcast's new SVP of government affairs.
Ms. Baker is one of two Republicans on the five-member commission. She was nominated for the post by President Obama in 2009. By taking the position, Ms. Baker agreed to an ethics pledge barring her from lobbying or contacting FCC or executive branch official until the end of the current administration.
As expected, critics of the Comcast-NBC deal have been quick to lash out at Baker. In a statement, Craig Aaron of Free Press called the move, "Just the latest, though perhaps most blatant, example of a so-called public servant cashing in at a company she is supposed to be regulating." Harsh, but is the criticism well-deserved?