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Wednesday, September 03, 2003
The French News Network, or The Shitstorm Writes Itself

I can't wait to see how this is going to play in the meta-media:
Vivendi Universal SA and General Electric Co. agreed Tuesday to enter exclusive negotiations to merge Vivendi’s U.S. entertainment assets and GE’s NBC division, the French media and utilities conglomerate said.
Vivendi said the company that would be formed if a final deal is reached would be 80 percent owned by Fairfield, Conn.-based GE and 20 percent by Vivendi.

You think John Kerry "looks French"? Wait until NBC News comes up with anything remotely displeasing to the right. That 20% ownership by a French company is going to be the stick to beat them with. (The countermove is to stipulate that yes, perhaps the corporate ownership of media is relevant, and then point at major defense contractor GE.)

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