Was the DOJ right to try to block the AT&T/Time Warner merger?

Screenshot from Fox Business' YouTube video: AT&T CEO: We are not backing down from DOJ lawsuit out of the deal

Monday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner. The $85 billion deal would give AT&T control of Time Warner’s content, which includes HBO and CNN. The DOJ believes that the merger would give AT&T, which owns DirecTV, an unfair advantage by allowing them to charge large fees to competitors to distribute Time Warner’s content. AT&T feels this is a vertical merger that doesn’t eliminate competition and should be allowed to go through. This lawsuit raises the question: Was the Department of Justice right to try to block the AT&T/Time Warner merger?

In the following video clip, Fox Business covers AT&T’s response to the DOJ lawsuit:

The Issue

Was the Department of Justice right to try to block the AT&T/Time Warner merger? Would the merger basically give AT&T a monopoly? Or, is the block an attack by the Trump administration on CNN?

Page 2: Arguments in support of the DOJ

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