Congresswoman Maxine Waters says opponents of the NBC Universal–Comcast deal are not speaking up because they are aftaid they’ll be blacklisted, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the article, Waters said, "It is somewhat troublesome that many independent and minority programmers, producers, writers and directors have been afraid to voice their concerns for fear of blacklisting or other forms of retaliation."
The article said Waters made her remarks on Monday, June 7, 2010 in front of "about 120 witnesses, attendees and fellow House members. The meeting was the first such public event in Los Angeles where views about the proposed [NBC Universal–Comcast] merger were solicited by lawmakers," specifically the House Judiciary committee.
The article states that Waters "also insinuated that someone representing Comcast inquired about making certain political donations in exchange for her support of the merger."
"Asked by The Hollywood Reporter for names and other details about both of her accusations, Waters demurred. "Let’s not go there," she said.