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Aug 13 - Supreme Court to hear racial discrimination case against Comcast
 

 
Supreme Court to hear racial discrimination case against telecommunications giant Comcast


WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide if the nation's largest cable TV company discriminated against an African-American media mogul.

The case was brought by Entertainment Studios Network, which bills itself as a "100% African-American owned" media company operating seven television channels. It is solely owned by Byron Allen, a comedian, television host and entrepreneur.

Allen sued telecommunications giants Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications, which serve tens of millions of customers in more than 40 states. He claims that since 2008, the two companies have refused to distribute his stations while launching scores of mostly white-owned networks.

As one example of alleged racism, the Comcast lawsuit claims that a company executive said, "We're not trying to create any more Bob Johnsons" – a reference to the founder of Black Enterteinment Television, or BET.

Entertainment Studios lost in federal district court but won a reversal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A key to the Comcast case before the Supreme Court is whether the network must show that race was the sole reason for the denial of a contract or just one factor. The Charter case likely is being held for the court's ruling in the Comcast case.

Comcast had asked the justices to reverse the appeals court's decision, claiming Entertainment Studios "alleged a vast conspiracy among video programming distributors, governmental agencies, and prominent civil-rights figures," including the NAACP and Al Sharpton.

“Comcast has an outstanding record of supporting and fostering diverse programming, including programming from African-American owned channels, two more of which we launched earlier this year," the company said Monday in a statement. "There has been no finding of discriminatory conduct by Comcast against this plaintiff because there has been none."

Allen issued a statement Monday predicting victory at the Supreme Court and calling Comcast's reference to diversity misleading.

"This case is not about African American-themed programming but is about African American ownership of networks," he said. "Unfortunately, the networks Comcast refers to as 'African American-owned' are not wholly-owned by African Americans, and did not get any carriage until I stood up and spoke out about this discrimination and economic exclusion."
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 4 days ago '12        #2
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Hope Comflab has to pay

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Calling it now. 5 for 4 no racism.


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Hit the pockets Allen

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This case has been going on for awhile.

One of the stipulations for allowing Comcast to buy NBCUniversal was that Comcast would work with "minorities" to create diverse programming. That was how Puff got Revolt started. Magic Johnson started Aspire and Robert Rodriguez started El Rey. There were a few more. Telemundo and Jorge Ramos started to get a higher profile.

Byron Allen been doing his thing with his company. But, besides The Weather Channel, most of the stations are booty. They are all like full time informercials. Most of them even started that way on the web.

Justice Central was cool with all courtroom shows. That and the Weather Channel seem like the only viable ones. Are they not available on Comcast?

I am saying this as a former DirectTV customer that had all those channels years ago. Have they changed?
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 Bandito said
This case has been going on for awhile.

One of the stipulations for allowing Comcast to buy NBCUniversal was that Comcast would work with "minorities" to create diverse programming. That was how Puff got Revolt started. Magic Johnson started Aspire and Robert Rodriguez started El Rey. There were a few more. Telemundo and Jorge Ramos started to get a higher profile.

Byron Allen been doing his thing with his company. But, besides The Weather Channel, most of the stations are booty. They are all like full time informercials. Most of them even started that way on the web.

Justice Central was cool with all courtroom shows. That and the Weather Channel seem like the only viable ones. Are they not available on Comcast?

I am saying this as a former DirectTV customer that had all those channels years ago. Have they changed?
No they haven't changed. I can't get behind Allen on this because he wants a must carry applied to his channels that don't have 1/10 of minority programming or original shows just to line his own pockets. That's why everyone dropped his crappy sh*t.
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No they haven't changed. I can't get behind Allen on this because he wants a must carry applied to his channels that don't have 1/10 of minority programming or original shows just to line his own pockets. That's why everyone dropped his crappy sh*t.
That's what I thought. One of the channels was Dog TV or something like that. I was cool, I have dogs, let me check this out. All the programs seemed like advertisements for the products featured in the show. Which I don't have a problem with if the shows are entertaining. The shows were not entertaining. Car TV was another one that looked like something you would see flipping the channels at 3am back in the 90's.

It's too bad that Allen is not producing some top quality content. He has respect in the industry. I would catch his interview show on Sundays and he had every Black celebrity on back in the day. I'm guessing it is an intentional move to not produce any controversial programs and try and make them as family friendly as possible. But, this is the same company that produces Judge ratchet, I mean Judge Hatchett, and all those ghetto courtroom shows.
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