McCain, Waiter to the TV Stars

Didn’t this man run for president in a parallel universe? LAT:

    “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to introduce legislation as early as today that would offer incentives for cable TV providers and network owners to allow viewers to pay for only the channels they want to receive.”

The cable operators say, thanks, but no thanks, we’re on a diet. A fat diet.

    “But the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. would oppose such legislation, spokesman Brian Dietz said. Cable operators have promised to offer family-friendly packages but say a la carte pricing would increase rates and limit diversity by forcing some niche channels off the air.

    “It is completely unnecessary for the federal government to disrupt a competitive marketplace and engage in the pricing and packaging of video services,” he said.”

Sure, that would be right, if actually were Darwinian street fair instead of an oligopolistic playground.