AT&T to buy Time Warner for $85 billion (Highlights & Opinions)



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AT&T to buy Time Warner for $85 billion, create telecom-media giant (Reuters)

AT&T to buy HBO, CNN, and the rest of Time Warner for more than $80 billion (The Verge)

AT&T to Buy Time Warner for $107.5/Sh in Cash and Stock; $85 Equity Value (Barron's Tech Trader Daily)


Regulatory Microscope Lies Ahead for AT&T and Time Warner (New York Times: DealBook)

AT&T strikes $85B deal to buy Time Warner (New York Post)

How Aggressive AT&T Has Out-Maneuvered Verizon, Comcast (Investor's Business Daily)

AT&T’s Time Warner deal looks like bad news for Verizon (Washington Post)

The ghost of AOL will haunt the Time Warner-AT&T deal (Recode)





Trump: Would not approve an AT&T / Time Warner deal, and would seek to break up Comcast / NBCU


Tom Paine



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In his speech at Gettysburg today, Donald Trump began by criticizing, among other things, what he sees as a concentration of power in a few media companies.

He said that if an AT&T / Time Warner combination came before him as President, it would not be approved. He also said that Comcast + NBCU was too powerful, and his administration would move to break it up.


"Additionally, Comcast's purchase of NBC concentrates far too much power in one massive entity that is trying to tell the voters what to think and what to do. Deals like this destroy democracy," Trump said.

"We'll look at breaking those deals up like that and other deals like that. This should have never ever been approved in the first place. They are trying to poison the mind of the American voter."

Trump also attacked Amazon for not paying (he must have meant not collecting) taxes. Amazon customers are now required to pay sales tax on their Amazon purchases in 29 states.

Trump comment's followed his complaints about media bias, against his campaign specifically.

Trump has several gripes against NBC (including, presumably, whomever leaked that video), and has been a frequent critic of the coverage of him by CNN (Time Warner) and the Washington Post, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.