Come save us, Marvin Middlemark. Perhaps that water-powered potato peeler he invented isn't the reason we eat so many fries. But his other major invention is the reason many of us are watching football these days. Mr. Middlemark invented the rabbit ears, the only things, besides the dish, that allow 250,000 Mediacom cable customers to watch their local Sinclair-owned television station right now. Drake Journalism Professor Janet Keefer gave Mr. Middlemark his props during her testimony before the Government Oversight Committee.
Lawmakers had few questions for her, actually I'm not sure they even asked a single question. Even she said she didn't know why she was there. Dr. Keefer did compare the feelings people may have for both Sinclair and Mediacom right now to what she recalls from recently seeing a movie about Hitler and his mother. Not quite sure what that meant. I don't want to guess. I'll have to see the movie.
Lawmakers did seem to come after the two men from Sinclair the most and the hardest. This clearly was a topic that hit a nerve for lawmakers. Sure, they've heard from plenty of people who all of a sudden this month can't watch one of the local channels they had been used to watching. But they're affected, too. And they let these executives know it.