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Posted on 09/21/2012 11:09:41 AM PDT by B4Ranch
Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read
Back in 1983, approximately 0 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites.
Sadly, most Americans don't even stop to think about who is feeding them the endless hours of news and entertainment that they constantly ingest. Most Americans don't really seem to care about who owns the media. But they should. The truth is that each of us is deeply influenced by the messages that are constantly being pounded into our heads by the mainstream media. The average American watches 153 hours of television a month. In fact, most Americans begin to feel physically uncomfortable if they go too long without watching or listening to something. Sadly, most Americans have become absolutely addicted to news and entertainment and the ownership of all that news and entertainment that we crave is being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands each year.
The six corporations that collectively control U.S. media today are Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. Together, the "big six" absolutely dominate news and entertainment in the United States. But even those areas of the media that the "big six" do not completely control are becoming increasingly concentrated. For example, Clear Channel now owns over 1000 radio stations across the United States. Companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are increasingly dominating the Internet.
But it is the "big six" that are the biggest concerns. When you control what Americans watch, hear and read you gain a great deal of control over what they think. They don't call it "programming" for nothing.
Back in 1983 it was bad enough that about 50 corporations dominated U.S. media. But since that time, power over the media has rapidly become concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people....
In 1983, fifty corporations dominated most of every mass medium and the biggest media merger in history was a $340 million deal. [I]n 1987, the fifty companies had shrunk to twenty-nine. [I]n 1990, the twenty-nine had shrunk to twenty three. [I]n 1997, the biggest firms numbered ten and involved the $19 billion Disney-ABC deal, at the time the biggest media merger ever. [In 2000] AOL Time Warners $350 billion merged corporation [was] more than 1,000 times larger [than the biggest deal of 1983].
--Ben H. Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly, Sixth Edition, (Beacon Press, 2000), pp. xxxxi
Today, six colossal media giants tower over all the rest. Much of the information in the chart below comes from mediaowners.com. The chart below reveals only a small fraction of the media outlets that these six behemoths actually own....
Home Box Office (HBO), Time Inc., Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., CW Network (partial ownership), TMZ, New Line Cinema, Time Warner Cable, Cinemax, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, America Online, MapQuest, Moviefone, Castle Rock, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Marie Claire, People Magazine,
ABC Television Network, Disney Publishing, ESPN Inc., Disney Channel, SOAPnet, A&E, Lifetime, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Buena Vista Theatrical Productions, Buena Vista Records, Disney Records, Hollywood Records, Miramax Films, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios, Buena Vista Games, Hyperion Books,
Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Comedy Central, Country Music Television (CMT), Logo, MTV, MTV Canada, MTV2, Nick Magazine, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Noggin, Spike TV, The Movie Channel, TV Land, VH1,
Dow Jones & Company, Inc., Fox Television Stations, The New York Post, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Beliefnet, Fox Business Network, Fox Kids Europe, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports Net, Fox Television Network, FX, My Network TV, MySpace, News Limited News, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Movies Channel, Sky PerfecTV, Speed Channel, STAR TV India, STAR TV Taiwan, STAR World, Times Higher Education Supplement Magazine, Times Literary Supplement Magazine, Times of London, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox International, 20th Century Fox Studios, 20th Century Fox Television, BSkyB, DIRECTV, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Interactive Media, FOXTEL, HarperCollins Publishers, The National Geographic Channel, National Rugby League, News Interactive, News Outdoor, Radio Veronica, ReganBooks, Sky Italia, Sky Radio Denmark, Sky Radio Germany, Sky Radio Netherlands, STAR, Zondervan,
CBS News, CBS Sports, CBS Television Network, CNET, Showtime, TV.com, CBS Radio Inc. (130 stations), CBS Consumer Products, CBS Outdoor, CW Network (50% ownership), Infinity Broadcasting, Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books, Scribner), Westwood One Radio Network,
Bravo, CNBC, NBC News, MSNBC, NBC Sports, NBC Television Network, Oxygen, SciFi Magazine, Syfy (Sci Fi Channel), Telemundo, USA Network, Weather Channel, Focus Features, NBC Universal Television Distribution, NBC Universal Television Studio, Paxson Communications (partial ownership), Trio, Universal Parks & Resorts, Universal Pictures, Universal Studio Home Video,
These gigantic media corporations do not exist to objectively tell the truth to the American people. Rather, the primary purpose of their existence is to make money.
These gigantic media corporations are not going to do anything to threaten their relationships with their biggest advertisers (such as the largest pharmaceutical companies that literally spend billions on advertising), and one way or another these gigantic media corporations are always going to express the ideological viewpoints of their owners.
Fortunately, an increasing number of Americans are starting to wake up and are realizing that the mainstream media should not be trusted. According to a new poll just released by Gallup, the number of Americans that have little to no trust in the mainstream media (57%) is at an all-time high.
That is one reason why we have seen the alternative media experience such rapid growth over the past few years. The mainstream media has been losing credibility at a staggering rate, and Americans are starting to look elsewhere for the truth about what is really going on.
Do you think that anyone in the mainstream news would actually tell you that the Federal Reserve is bad for America or that we are facing a horrific derivatives bubble that could destroy the entire world financial system? Do you think that anyone in the mainstream media would actually tell you the truth about the deindustrialization of America or the truth about the voracious greed of Goldman Sachs?
Sure there are a few courageous reporters in the mainstream media that manage to slip a few stories past their corporate bosses from time to time, but in general there is a very clear understanding that there are simply certain things that you just do not say in the mainstream news.
But Americans are becoming increasingly hungry for the truth, and they are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the dumbed down pablum that is passing as "hard hitting news" these days.
Did you catch this paragraph? But it is the "big six" that are the biggest concerns. When you control what Americans watch, hear and read you gain a great deal of control over what they think. They don't call it "programming" for nothing.
To me, mass media news is social engineering at its finest. This article is proof of that.
YOU HAVE MEDDLED WITH THE PRIMAL FORCES OF NATURE.....MR. B4RANCH!
I have not watched a network newscast, nor any network-related cable channel for at least 10 years. Every chance I get, I tell my grand daughters to not believe everything their teachers tell them about the President, Congress, homosexuals, liberals and the like. I tell them they have to ask their mommy and daddy, or they can talk to me.
Excellent article B4Ranch! Thanks for posting! I really like and agree with your profile page also.
Of course. I don’t like anything these days. Celebutards and crass entertainment just bug me to no end.
It really defines the “daunting” task of turning this country around when you understand what you are up against.
“mass media news is social engineering at its finest”
And the goal of their engineers is to make money selling advertising.
They do that by providing advertisers with people who will spend money on their product: stupid, manipulable people.
The ‘dumb slut’ is the highest-value media product for it’s advertisers.
Good article. Next question is: who are the puppetmasters who control the ‘Big 6’?
It’s interesting how, early in the article, News Corp. is referred to as “Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.”
One adjustment to your article that needs to be made:
NBC Universal is 51% owned by Comcast and 49% by the General Electric Corporation
The average American watches 153 hours of television a month.
Oh. I guess people don't even need to go to school for stupidity any more.
Such concentration of power in mature industries is an inevitable consequence of the free market, helped along by government regulation that encourages it, to be sure.
Free markets do not everywhere and always work for the good of the society.
It seems like a caller into Rush’s show asked this same question, earlier this week. I can’t remember what Rush’s answer was, but this article gives an excellent answer.
About the only complaints that I see about bloggers is them excerpting back to their blogs. As you know, Jim frowns on that crap.
And then there’s Free Republic. The government did not build this. The media did not. Corporations did not. The FReepers did.
“And the goal of their engineers is to” change a once self reliant population into a subservient one that will obey every command issued by a man or woman wearing a uniform.
People who rise up against their government leaders must be eradicated.
The intelligence levels of the overall population must be reduced therefore uneducated illegal aliens shall be placed at the head of the line for social programs.
>>Next question is: who are the puppetmasters who control the Big 6?<<
>>About the only complaints that I see about bloggers is them excerpting back to their blogs. As you know, Jim frowns on that crap.<<
This is something I don’t fully comprehend. We are cheerfully restricted from posting the full article of an establishment media corporation yet it is considered distasteful when we do the same of an entrepreneurial bloggers website. We are allowing the establishment to make a profit from their journalism and attempt to restrict the bloggers from doing the same. Aren’t we asking to be programmed by the mass media with such punitive regulations.
No, I do not operate a blog.
>>.... always work for the good of the society.<<
If we had Term Limits in the local, state and federal legislative halls I might agree with you.
"cheerfully restricted"? You've been a registered member since 2000 and you actually posted that crap? I think that I need not reply to you again.
Not necessarily conspiracies, but inaccuracies and falsehoods
made-up and poorly crafted to boost hit counts after being pimped on reputable sites.
Preferring blogs because the MSM is bad is akin to choosing
to eat roadkill because it's better than a crap sandwich.
You’re free to enjoy your crap sandwich diet, full of inaccuracies and falsehoods, made-up and poorly crafted to boost hit counts so their advertisers will pay more.
Me, I’ll take my roadkill. At least it is more obvious if the maggots have infested it.
Where do you suppose the bloggers get their material?
It’s reworked or outright stolen from the MSM. Same same.
I returned to CONUS 15 years ago. The first TV show I tuned into was “Just Shoot Me.” I was embarrassed to be on the same planet with people who turn out such twaddle and even more embarrassed to learn that members of my family watch that crap. Over the last 15 years, the only sits I watch are reruns of “MASH,” “Frasier,” and “Cheers.” If the best the networks can do, such as “Broke Girls,” or “ How I Met Your Mother’” the industry is in deep doo doo. I’ve only seen the promos for this mind-numbing guano and am astounded at their vapidity. And why Laugh Tracks?