I need your help. I need to know who you trust for real, honest, independent news?
I am so sick of the CORPORATE MEDIA that I’m about ready to puke.
The US Media has been completely compromised. Fifty years ago there were dozens of small independent media companies. Today the U.S. media landscape is dominated by only SIX massive corporations that, through a history of mergers and acquisitions, have concentrated their control over what we see, hear and read. In many cases, these giant companies are vertically integrated, controlling everything from initial production to final distribution.
These companies use shifty ethics and loopholes to create mega corporations.
“Broadcasters are doing end runs around our media ownership limits by way of so-called shared services agreements — a fancy term for covert consolidation that lets one company control another without actually formally owning it”
– Michael Copps, Federal Communications Commissioner
The result of the problem:
We can no longer trust the information we receive.
CNN uses the tag, “The Most Trusted Name in News” and Fox News uses the tag, “Fair and Balanced”. How can we trust the information they give us when they are owned and manipulated by special interests, just like our politicians?
Before cable news existed, networks aired informational shows that were in the best interest of the public. But today cable news channels are driven by ratings and profits. They are competing for sensationalized news and are not concerned about accuracy or reliability.
We all know that mega corporations are controlled by the 1%. In their rush to maximize profits, their lobbyists have trampled the broadcaster’s social contract to serve the needs of our communities when using our PUBLIC airwaves.
“The reality TV show called the “Republican presidential primary” has reached a new low with the revelation that television business brand Donald Trump will moderate a debate between the candidates. The raft of ethical conflicts that surround this move is itself a perfect illustration of the threat posed to American democracy by the continued blending of news, politics and entertainment.”
– Victor Epstein
The real problem with the problem:
The real problem is that consolidation of information is consolidation of POWER over you and me.
That means that if they don’t want you to hear about a massive grass roots movement like Occupy Wall Street, then they just won’t report on it. Or worse yet, they manipulate and misrepresent news and events. They can, AND HAVE, used their control to vilify groups like OWS. First they tried to bury the story, and now they are depicting OWS as a bunch of jobless losers who don’t know what they want.
In a nut shell, they can spin your whole world through the domination of information. And their goal is simple – to dumb down the American people and keep them in line. A recent study actually showed that people who watch Fox News know less about current events that people who watch NO NEWS AT ALL!
We can’t control these mega corporations, but remember that they are after ratings and profits. We can control where we go to get our news. We need to ask ourselves:
1) When turning on a news broadcast, is it for factual coverage of events or for entertainment?
2) Does society benefit more from accuracy or from sensationalism?
3) When sensationalism and popularity wins out, which form of information is being used to educate children and students?
4) When we form our opinions based upon the news coverage we choose to subject ourselves to, are our beliefs based on accurate facts or on sensationalized sound bytes?
This is no joke people. We need to wake up and realize the consequences of what is happening. And most importantly we need to understand this,
they are coming after the Internet next.
If we the people lose the freedom of the Internet, it’s over.
In the next couple weeks we’ll be writing a post about the current fight that is going on for control of the Internet. What’s that? You haven’t heard about the war over the Internet? That’s not surprising. Why would they want you to know about that?
In the mean time, please let us know who you trust for news. There are still good sources out there. Lets share them!
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Media Ownership: The Big Six
Revenues: $157 billion
General Electric media-related holdings include a minority share in television networks NBC and Telemundo, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, 26 television stations in the United States and cable networks MSNBC, Bravo and the Sci Fi Channel. GE also owns 80 percent of NBC Universal.
Revenues: $25.8 billion
Time Warner is the largest media conglomerate in the world, with holdings including: CNN, the CW (a joint venture with CBS), HBO, Cinemax, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, America Online, MapQuest, Moviefone, Warner Bros. Pictures, Castle Rock and New Line Cinema, and more than 150 magazines including Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Marie Claire and People.
Revenues: $13.6 billion
Viacom holdings include: MTV, Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite, VH1, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, Atom Entertainment, and music game developer Harmonix. Viacom 18 is a joint venture with the Indian media company Global Broadcast news.
Revenues: $30.4 billion
News Corporation’s media holdings include: the Fox Broadcasting Company; television and cable networks such as Fox, Fox Business Channel, National Geographic and FX; print publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and TVGuide; the magazines Barron’s and SmartMoney; book publisher HarperCollins; film production companies 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Blue Sky Studios; numerous websites including MarketWatch.com; and non-media holdings including the National Rugby League.
Revenues: $36.1 billion
The Walt Disney Company owns the ABC Television Network, cable networks including ESPN, the Disney Channel, SOAPnet, A&E and Lifetime, 277 radio stations, music and book publishing companies, production companies Touchstone, Miramax and Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios, the cellular service Disney Mobile, and theme parks around the world.
Revenues: $13 billion
CBS Corporation owns the CBS Television Network, CBS Television Distribution Group, the CW (a joint venture with Time Warner), Showtime, book publisher Simon & Schuster, 30 television stations, and CBS Radio, Inc, which has 130 stations. CBS is now the leading supplier of video to Google’s new Video Marketplace.
On the lighter side, two shows that we endorse and encourage everyone to watch at least once are The Colbert Report and The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart. These guys “get” it, you just have to “get” them.
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