back to article If you've ever wondered whether the FCC boss is a Big Cable stooge – well, wonder no more

Fresh from being mocked by Burger King, Ajit Pai – chairman of America's broadband watchdog, the Federal Communications Commission – has further undermined his authority by attacking a key advisory committee to his own regulator. And all because he didn't like being criticized by it. A figure of hate – someone who behaves …

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Pardon?

If you've ever wondered whether the FCC boss is a Big Cable stooge...

I'm pretty sure no-one was wondering that.

Removing or undercutting crucial voices just because they say things you don't like may work in a small business, but it only ever comes back to bite you in a larger public policy context.

Based on his work over the last year or so I am quite sure Mr. Pai has no worries about the consequences of his actions, and has an exit strategy lined up.

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Might just backfire, if the earnestness to please his corporate masters brings more damnation and regulation on them than if he'd just left well enough alone. Even if he was just doing exactly what they told him, they can still leave him to twist in the wind like a good scapegoat.

I doubt he even got more than vague verbal promises of future employment from anyone. He doesn't seem like the sharpest tool in the shed.

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Are we done with the two minute hate yet?

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Hi Big John,

Hows that swamp draining coming along? This looks like Trumps stooge is filling it. Well done.

Regards,

AC

ps. If you can give one argument in favour of NN then I'm all ears. Not that you can.

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"Are we done with the two minute hate yet?"

Oh, I don't know, I think we can make it stretch a bit more than 2 minutes!

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"Are we done with the two minute hate yet?"

2 minutes? Sorry, I think you're in the wrong room. This is the full on 5 minute rant room. You need to be two door down, on the far right.

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I think Mr. John has been hating for a lot longer than 2 minutes.

If the US really wanted to be great again, they need to dump their ridiculous partisan politics. Nobody's going to take them seriously until they do.

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It is an interesting world inside your head. A world where pointing out the public behavior of a public official is "two minutes of hate". Is anything in the article untrue? Nope. Given the obvious behavior is anything unkind? Perhaps, but not mindlessly so.

Just because the chickens are coming home to roost and you don't happen to like it does not make it hate. You voted for this, you defend this clod & his boss as best you can (which, admittedly is not well) and then when you get what you have coming to you you whine that the truth it hate.

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You do realize he was put in there by Bama right?

Yes Trump made him Chairman, but the guy is beholden to $$ not the left or right.

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I'm not saying Pai is right or wrong, good or evil.

I'm saying this article is written specifically to attract haters, and direct their attentions to Pai. That's evil.

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"I'm saying this article is written specifically to attract haters, and direct their attentions to Pai. That's evil."

Not being a US citizen nor resident in the US, that's not what I take from the article.

I'd also add that this childish labelling of people who disagree as "haters" strikes me as being the last resort of those with no argument with which to win so resort to insults. What is a "hater" anyway? I've even heard Trump use it. He hates sharks, Only "haters" and "losers" are worse. Except if he hates sharks, he's just said he's also a "hater" too. Weird logic!

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In my experience, a "hater" is what some people call those who dare to express disagreement with them.

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@Big John

I'm saying this article is written specifically to attract haters, and direct their attentions to Pai. That's evil.

Well, I don't hate him - just think that the FCC Chairman should be working for the good of the country and the people.,

As for directing attention to Pai - gives me another opportunity to refer to him as Tweety Pai

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"I'm saying this article is written specifically to attract haters, and direct their attentions to Pai. That's evil."

Talk about having it backwards! In reality, putting somebody like Idjit "Tweety" Pai into a position of power is the thing that's evil. Pointing it out is responsible journalism.

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Just like him, we've pretty well made up our minds on the matter. Don't see too many people flip-flopping over yet another piece of this nature.

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Yes Trump made him Chairman, but the guy is beholden to $$ not the left or right.

No, you can't just dismiss Trump's action as if it were nothing.

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"If the US really wanted to be great again, they need to dump their ridiculous partisan politics."

Partisanship goes to labeling and ganging up, and labeling is part of the natural human condition. Not even George Washington, who was all too aware of the risks, couldn't stop the Democratic-Republican Party from separating from the Federalists, and even Washington got labeled a Federalist, against his wishes.

IOW, if George F'n Washington couldn't stop partisanship in spite of his charisma, who's got a chance in he'll to best him?

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I would say that Pai is evil for going against the American people. What is your point Big John?

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No, you claim he's going against "the American people" because that's what the rest of the Unhinged Left is claiming, and then using that supposed fact to then claim he's evil.

BTW, for those that claim I'm just trolling without submitting any arguments, I direct your attention to my many posts on this subject, where I do exactly that. And I use the word "hater" specifically because I see behaviors surrounding this topic that are disgusting in the extreme. Pai is apparently not to be allowed even basic humanity, at least according to this author's lengthy string of attack articles against Pai.

Funny, but I don't see the other El Reg authors doing this. It appears just one is, and he's on a Jihad against Pai, like so much of the American Left. It's straight out of Rules for Radicals:

"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."

Pai is the target, and boy is it personal.

The Right is well aware of the tactics contained within that book, and we know it when we see them being used against us. That's why the Left is in complete disarray these days, in case any of you were wondering.

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BTW, for those that claim I'm just trolling without submitting any arguments, I direct your attention to my many posts on this subject, where I do exactly that.

Here's the full, unabridged, complete contents of your very first post on this article:

Are we done with the two minute hate yet?

And here's a link to a definition of argument.

Or by "exactly that" you're talking about "trolling without submitting any arguments"? I'm confused.

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I did say "many," did I not?

Oh, but I must confess, you "got" me, ouchy. Well done Mr. Coward!

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John, yer butter's done slipped off yer biscuit.

You are so fractally wrong about everything concerning politics that I think it's time to invoke Formosa's Law on the subject and just let you stew in your own juice.

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So you are saying you are a hater with no opinion? Please get an opinion the come back friend.

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"I'm saying this article is written specifically to attract haters"

Well, no. It was written to highlight failings by a federal regulator's chairman. Scrutiny. Press. You know.

"That's evil."

Don't be so stupid. Why do you hang around here?

C.

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>written specifically to attract haters, and direct their attentions to Pai. That's evil

Ahh. You poor little snowflake. Does the truth hurt?

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Can we lobby AT&T ...

... to hire Mr. Pai prematurely?

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Re: Can we lobby AT&T ...

He's already working for them, and currently on assignment.

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Re: Can we lobby AT&T ...

Perhaps we should lobby AT&T to lower him...

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@ST & Chemical Bob

hire/lower.

"Higher, Lower", "You get nothing for a Pair from a Pai"

As Bruce Forsyth may have said on "Play Your Cards Right"

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"A boastful, insecure and slightly pathetic figure."

That'll be a fitting epitaph for Idjit "Tweety" Pai. Hopefully he won't need it anytime soon; he deserves a long retirement getting pointed out and laughed at.

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Re: "A boastful, insecure and slightly pathetic figure."

I think this has nailed it though the word "slightly" doesn't need to be there. I suspect that he won't last long in the corporate world when his tenure is over. Then again, he's serving a purpose to his masters with his brown nose and self promotion. The brown nose part might get him a few years in the non-government world as a "yes man" and general lackey.

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Re: "A boastful, insecure and slightly pathetic figure."

"The brown nose part might get him a few years in the non-government world as a "yes man" and general lackey."

Only until the chickens come home to roost. What he's doing now is very pro-industry, but as we know from from history, extremes in politics are usually followed by more extremes in the opposite direction. His actions may well be very pro-industry now, but it's quite likely that it will all swing wildly the other way once he returns to industry.

This is all typical political short termism used by insecure people in power who have a pathological need to be seen to be doing things and getting results before their time is up. They have no concept of long term solutions or even of being remembered long term. They need instant gratification.

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Re: "A boastful, insecure and slightly pathetic figure."

Don't be so sure. This could well b ed a longer-term plan to either delay the FCC so much it can't be reconstituted even after a changeover, or maybe an excuse to dissolve the FCC completely, something much harder to reverse.

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The usual stench...

Given this evening's New York Times revelation that Boss Trump ordered the special investigator Bob Mueller fired... (but the WH Counsel McGahn refused the order, with a threat to quit) the day is coming ever closer where the Republican Party will be faced with swallowing that Turd or flushing the decks clean. Either way, Pai's days as a cling-on are numbered. Shackled with his FCC track record, he'll be lucky to be considered as anything other than Toady-in Chief in the future. All of this is little more than the expected stench from the Swamp that Never Got Drained.

I've lived most of my life in isolated, US rural areas. When it comes to government actions, we're damned grateful if we're at least offered vaseline before they bend us over the barrel.

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I've lived most of my life in isolated, US rural areas. When it comes to government actions, we're damned grateful if we're at least offered vaseline before they bend us over the barrel.
Be grateful you're not getting all the government you're paying for.

(Tip of the hat to Will Rogers.)

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The previous FCC chair was expected to be a cable stooge

When Obama nominated Tom Wheeler, who was formerly president of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association, for chair of the FCC a lot of people (myself included) assumed he would be a cable/telco stooge.

Turns out he was not beholden to their interests, perhaps because he was retirement age and didn't plan to return through the revolving door. Ajit Pai is in his mid 40s, and obviously plans to return to the industry so he's feathering their nest now and knows he will be rewarded later with a cushy job and fat salary.

Too bad Trump was all bluster when he said he was going to drain the swamp.

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he was going to drain the swamp

He will and will create a new swamp in place, with new toads, imported muck and fresh alligators. The best one! With a wall around it, and will make the peasants outside it pay for it. Trust him on that, that's true.

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No blackjack or hookers though, he's already proved he can't run a casino successfully.

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"Too bad Trump was all bluster when he said he was going to drain the swamp."

He's draining the swamp - but replacing it with a sewer.

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No blackjack or hookers though, he's already proved he can't run a casino successfully

Maybe not blackjack, but if the press is to be believed (questionable any more) then hookers will still be there.

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Re: to drain the swamp.

Of course he is draining the swap - how else can he sell it to his rich buddies as prime real estate

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Re: to drain the swamp.

Have you ever smelled a swamp? It's not so bad. If you start draining it though, it gets really, really bad smelling, very, very quickly.

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"Too bad Trump was all bluster when he said he was going to drain the swamp."

No bluster at all, just misdirection. He's draining the swamp of government regulation that is preventing businesses from doing whatever they want.

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Smells more like a common cesspit.

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That level of ability to completely ignore anyone else's opinion but your own...

It's almost Presidential.

If you're talking Trump as the President of course.

And we are.

Americans can be so proud of their record on diversity here.

They have at least two people with serious personality disorders in positions of wielding substantial power and influence.

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Stacking the house of Cards

I can't wait for the wind to change directions and see the house that Idiot Pie built fall to the ground.

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Well, theoretically, you have three years before that'll have a chance of happening, because as long as Trump is President, Pai is what passes for a good government stooge.

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Pai is what passes for a good government stooge.

Indeed, like that French definition of an honest politician.

"Once we buy him, he stays ours."

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I find it interesting that the Trump Presidency just might drive home to most Americans that Government regulation is important. In fact, I think that Telecommunications infrastructure is so important that it should be a Government Department. Breaking up Media ownership should also be considered important and that the owners of the infrastructures should not be allowed to any of the broadcasters. The only problem with that is that when you can have a populace so divorced from reality that they elect a Trump and that the Electoral system is so corrupt that a Sanders is pushed out by a Clinton when the former was clearly was clearly more popular than the latter you can't be assured any Department will function as it should. Americans have a lot issues to deal with regarding the election of Trump. Perhaps the education system should be first.

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The funny thing is, they worked out years ago that telecommunications monopolies were a bad thing and applied a pretty heavy legal action to break it up.

Unsurprisingly, the industry has eventually found a way around that. It's time for another cull.

It's a pity the right wing haven't worked out that the real enemy of personal freedom is no longer oppressive government but corporate wealth. I'm not talking about the right wing that _is_ that corporate wealth, but the one that stockpiles weapons and builds bunkers in backwoods. The corporate side worked out long ago that the easy way to keep government under control is to buy it.

addendum :

I didn't realise it before but having just looked it up .. AT&T was broken up under Reagan, a Republican :)

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