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Ralph Reed Working on Behalf of MSNBC Parent: Report

Evangelical strategist Ralph Reed is doing Capitol Hill consulting work in an unofficial capacity on the behalf of NBC Universal’s parent company, Comcast, according to the Washington Blade. Reed’s Duluth-based PR firm, Century Strategies, is said to have been on retainer with Comcast for the better part of a the past decade.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a5118a5b46970cReed’s work for Comcast, which has owned MSNBC since 2011, is common knowledge amongst Hill insiders.

"It's widely known because Ralph's been on conference calls," one insider told The Blade. "It's been at least eight years; it's been quite some time."

Though unconfirmed it is likely that Reed is functioning in a role just shy of lobbying, assisting in Comcast’s $45.2 billion acquisition of Time-Warner Cable. Reed made headlines earlier this month after drawing comparisons between various legal fights advancing Marriage Equality and Dred Scott v. Sanford.  

“Only six of them, six out of those 17, six out of 50 states, [legalized same-sex marriage] by referendum or by state legislature,” he said, according to Politico. “In every other case, it was imposed by courts. Just like the courts had to impose Dred Scott. Because they couldn’t do it on the country because the country didn’t agree with it. The country, by the way, doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage.”

Dred Scott, widely recognized as being one of the Supreme Court’s worst decisions of all time, is frequently trotted out to raise the spectre of judicial activism, governmental overreach, and flat out war.

Reed debated whether opposition to same-sex marriage was tantamount to discrimination with MSNBC newshost Rachel Maddow on Meet The Press in 2013. Check out the clip AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Just in case Comcast's merger with Time-Warner wasn't evil enough for you already...

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jun 24, 2014 6:53:45 PM

  2. “Only six of them, six out of those 17, six out of 50 states, [legalized same-sex marriage] by referendum or by state legislature,” he said.

    Washington, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, Minnesota, Maryland, Rhode Island, Maine,New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware.

    Ralph, it's not nice to lie.

    Posted by: ben in oakland | Jun 24, 2014 7:00:19 PM

  3. Still bitching about it. That's is how the system works. Dred Scott or no Dred Scott. If he doesn't like it, just take a reverse journey on the Mayflower. Wait. The old kingdom has evolved already. It is better to take a detour to Russia.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 24, 2014 7:55:52 PM

  4. Duluth? No. Atlanta.

    Posted by: greg | Jun 24, 2014 8:10:18 PM

  5. Let me get this straight. Ralph Reed is bringing up the Dread Scott decision, which denied a class of people their rights as American citizens, in order to argue for denying another class of people equal rights as American citizens?

    Earth to Reed: don't bring up Dred Scott - it's poor salesmanship.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 24, 2014 8:44:50 PM

  6. The definition of an activist judge is the same on the left as it is on the right. It's a judge who makes rulings that you don't like.

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Jun 24, 2014 8:57:14 PM

  7. I despise this creep. Keep us updated TR so we can boycott anything he touches.

    Posted by: evan_la | Jun 24, 2014 9:18:03 PM

  8. the curtain is pulled back and the reasons for his frequent appearances on cnn and nbc are now revealed - media connections through comcast. is this enough transparency to prevent him from promoting his hate agenda?

    Posted by: northalabama | Jun 24, 2014 10:12:37 PM

  9. Why does this discredited pretend Christianist for cash sleazeball keep getting the really big bucks for more of the same?

    Posted by: emjayay | Jun 24, 2014 11:11:37 PM

  10. Cultural evolution is a process that does not work evenly across society. The religionists arguing here really should be worried that they are trying to set legal precedents which will be used against them when a majority of voters have abandoned religion for reason.

    Earlier religions have ended up as mythology. Guess who's next.

    Posted by: james street james | Jun 25, 2014 12:07:12 AM

  11. A) The majority of the country now does agree with gay marriage, and

    2) A is totally irrelevant because civil rights are not to be decided by majority rule.

    Ralph Reed is one of the most disgustingly hypocritical figures in our nation.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Jun 25, 2014 12:41:05 AM

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