Let media consolidation fight itself

Dan Gillmor finds himself reluctantly supporting a Comcast-Disney merger:

“Yet, oddly, I find myself hoping the Comcast-Disney deal goes through.
The temptation to discriminate in favor of its own content will surely
be irresistible to the merged company. Perhaps that will finally wake
up the public, if not Congress, to the threat. Nothing else has, so far.”

Whether Comcast or someone else buys Disney, it will provoke a debate
about the implications of media consolidation and the marriage of
content and conduit.  If the merger partners say (as they surely
will) that they won’t discriminate against unaffiliated content and
applications, they should have no objection to a public commitment to
that effect.