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    Media Giants Growing (and Shrinking)

    A specter now haunts the world - a global commercial media system dominated by a small number of super-powerful, mostly U.S.-based transnational media corporations works as a system to advance the cause of the global market and promote commercial values, while denigrating journalism and culture not conducive to the immediate bottom line.



    "Everybody wants to rule the world," sang Tears for Fears in the '80s. Now, according to the media critic Ben Bagdikian, someone actually does: the captains of post-industry, who control the global media. In 1983, when Bagdikian published the first edition of "The Media Monopoly," his sobering announcement that media ownership was concentrated in the hands of a mere 50 transnational conglomerates shocked many readers. Skeptics dismissed the book as "alarmist."

    Bagdikian's first edition, published in 1983, assailed the concentration of media ownership, finding that 50 companies dominated the newspaper, broadcast, magazine, book, and movie industries. These firms did the bidding of corporate America because, in Bagdikian's view, they were corporate America, their boards of directors interlocked with those of other major corporations.

    Now, after the frenzy of mergers and acquisitions in the '80s and '90s, a 'media-monopoly' run by 50 firms looks virtually democratic. Today, the number of transnational firms who dominate the global media system has dwindled to five.

    Why should we care? Because, according to some critics, these global media giants are sacrificing journalistic quality and ethics on the altar of shareholder returns. MBAs with no experience in---and little love for---journalism are downsizing news divisions and upping the fluff-to-fiber ratio in order to boost profits. Ominously, some corporate parents are meddling in the newsroom, slipping product placement into news shows and censoring investigative reports that bite the hand that feeds. In the name of greater market share, they're fencing out diverse or dissenting voices, creating a bland media monoculture. They're privatizing the airwaves, blockading our right-of-way to the public sphere.

    Most worrisome, some critics say, is the bottom-line agenda of global corporate media: profoundly anti-democratic, dedicated to advancing the interests of the power élite and keeping the rabble entertained and docile. Media moguls and the powers they serve want happy shoppers, not freethinking citizens, the argument goes.

    Regardless of whether you agree, there's no denying that, in the Information Age, "media power is political power," as Bagdikian writes in "The Media Monopoly." When a handful of companies control much of what we watch, read, and listen to, it's time for us to take a long, hard look at the private powers who own our media windows on the world.

    These companies, Bagdikian contends, have built a communications cartel within the United States. In this case, the group controls not just industrial products such as gasoline, refrigerators, or clothing, but the words and images that help to define and shape the culture and political agenda of the country. Essentially, the public is only exposed to the viewpoints and opinions of five corporations who have similar interests. Messages that do not fit within the attitudes, values, or revenue goals of these corporations get little, if any, exposure. Also, any information that is damaging to The Big Five or to other large corporations that they sympathize with may be repressed or given so little exposure that the public does not even notice it.

    According to Bagdikian, the giant companies that control the media, therefore, have a great desire to do two things: (1) ensure that the parent company is never cast in a negative light, and (2) find ways to plant positive news items about the parent company.

    Bagdikian details several examples in which journalists were fired and stories killed simply because the subject was in some way injurious or potentially injurious to the parent company. For instance, a survey by the American Society of Newspaper Editors found that 33% of all editors working for newspaper chains said they would not feel free to run a news story that was damaging to their parent firm. And, Bagdikian argues that some of these companies are so huge that they control innumerable assets in all areas of the media.

    The New Media Monopoly is mostly important for both its investigation into inequitable corporate control of the media, and also Bagdikian's great insights into the ensuing political and cultural effects on society. Bagdikian makes a clear and effective case demonstrating how this media concentration subverts democracy.

    The New Media Monopoly is an important and useful book that deserves to be read by anyone who thinks that our 500-channel cable universe and the Internet mean that we are living in a fully informed, democratic society. His general thesis, that media consolidation is antithetical to viewer interests, is beyond serious debate.

    The New Media Monopoly gives a good overall perspective and history of media in the United States and it critically looks at the dangers inherent in the current monopolistic system where so few decide what the masses will know.

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    I wonder if the number has now shrunken below 5?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter View Post
    I wonder if the number has now shrunken below 5?
    Holding steady at 5, 8 years later.

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    The Biggest Scandal in America Is It’s Corporate Controlled Media

    December 10th, 2014 |

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    Written by: Eric Zuesse

    How many Americans know that the current regime in Ukraine was installed in a very bloody Feb 2014 coup d'etat that was planned in the U.S. White House, and overseen by an Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, and run by the CIA.

    This coup was carried out for the White House by one of Ukraine’s two racist-fascist, or Nazi, political parties, whose founder and leader still controls Ukraine though not officially, even these many months after his coup, and which nazi party has been up to their elbows since then in a genocidal policy to exterminate the people in the region of Ukraine that had voted approximately 90% for the man whom Obama and those nazis overthrew in February. (Click onto that link, and to the more-detailed evidence that’s linked to there, in order to see the ultimate documentations of this entire horrific history, because it is history now, even though the American public were never informed about it while it was news — while and when it was happening, which it still is.)

    And how many Americans know that one of the two main suspects in the bringing-down of the Malaysian MH17 airliner over Ukraine on July 17th has been given veto-power over the report that is to be issued from the official ‘investigation’ of the black boxes and other evidence in the case?

    The ongoing hiding of all of this from the American public is perhaps even more stunning to the present writer than is the bloody American policy (including in it) itself.

    Virtually all of the ‘news’ editors and producers — the ‘news’ executives, in America’s press — know, and have known all along, that these things are the case, because they’ve been receiving many news-submissions on them, with full and entirely credible documentation each time, ever since February, and have not made any of these facts public; they’ve not published this reality, when it was news, though they are supposed to be news-organizations.

    I know this because I am one of the many independent investigative journalists who has been reporting in detail on these matters, throughout this time-period, and whose reports have been submitted to virtually all U.S. ‘news’ media — mainstream and alternative news, liberal and conservative news, Republican and Democratic news. And, with the exception of only about a half-dozen obscure but admirably authentic news-sites on the Internet (which is just a small fraction of the “alternative news” sites), all of this solidly documented information (just click on the links and you’ll see it documented there) has been intentionally withheld, from the American public, by virtually the entirety of the U.S. ‘news’ media.

    More:
    http://anonhq.com/biggest-scandal-america-corporate-controlled-media/

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    The USA is no longer even a glimmer of it's once great hope, the game is over. Thanks to LBJ and on, we are now a total tool of big bizzness and Israel, Jewish interests. We have become similar to Nazi Germany, and you know what eventually became of that country..............................

    "Rectal Feedings" by the CIA, by cop's,, forced Enema's and Colonoscopy's in New Mexico, cop's killing a man selling single smokes, "American Exceptionalism" at it's best! I am so fuckin# proud!

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    Comment by John Kaminski:

    "...When's the last time your government did something you could truly be proud of, or implemented some program or plan that actually benefited the American people, or — hardest of all to believe — told the truth about any international incident or new law being imposed on the American people?

    When's the last time you could actually applaud your elected representative?
    When's the last time you felt that warm glow in your chest because you knew you were living in the fairest, most admirable country in the world?
    Of course you can't recall any specific examples of these, because there haven't been any.

    And why there haven't been any is because none of our leaders are actually working for the American people. They're working for the international bankers who furnish them with bribes to buy their consciences to look the other way as us ordinary peons continue to get fleeced. That's why they've allowed the United Nations mandates to take the place of the U.S. Constitution — all without the approval of the American people.

    The plan is to get everyone working for the government so there will be no one left to protest governmental tyranny. They won't be able to, or they'll lose their jobs. Between the career welfare recipients and the pampered illegal aliens who are given full benefits when they arrive, we're almost at that point now. The infrastructure is teetering and the social systems are way past overloaded..."

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    Six Jewish Companies Control 96% Of The World’s Media

    The power of lies, deceptions and disinformation as Americans pay the price of collective stupidity.

    “You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they (Americans) do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America. In America you can criticize God, but you can’t criticize Israel…” Israeli spokeswoman, Tzipora Menache

    Facts of Jewish Media Control

    The largest media conglomerate today is Walt Disney Company, whose chairman and CEO, Michael Eisner, is a Jew. The Disney Empire, headed by a man described by one media analyst as a “control freak”, includes several television production companies (Walt Disney Television, Touchstone Television, Buena Vista Television), its own cable network with 14 million subscribers, and two video production companies.

    As for feature films, the Walt Disney Picture Group, headed by Joe Roth (also a Jew), includes Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, and Caravan Pictures. Disney also owns Miramax Films, run by the Weinstein brothers. When the Disney Company was run by the Gentile Disney family prior to its takeover by Eisner in 1984, it epitomized wholesome, family entertainment. While it still holds the rights to Snow White, under Eisner, the company has expanded into the production of graphic sex and violence. In addition, it has 225 affiliated stations in the United States and is part owner of several European TV companies.

    ABC’s cable subsidiary, ESPN, is headed by president and CEO Steven Bornstein, a Jew.

    This corporation also has a controlling share of Lifetime Television and the Arts & Entertainment Network cable companies. ABC Radio Network owns eleven AM and ten FM stations, again in major cities such as New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and has over 3,400 affiliates.

    Although primarily a telecommunications company, Capital Cities/ABC earned over $1 billion in publishing in 1994. It owns seven daily newspapers, Fairchild Publications, Chilton Publications, and the Diversified Publishing Group. Time Warner, Inc, is the second of the international media leviathans.

    The chairman of the board and CEO, Gerald Levin, is a Jew. MORE:

    http://theunjustmedia.com/Media/Six%20Jewish%20Companies%20Control%2096%25%20of%20 the%20World%E2%80%99s%20Media.htm


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    Israel Was Tried For War Crimes Today, The Testimony Will Break Your Heart

    September 26th, 2014
    (ScriptoniteDaily) - I’ve been in Brussels today witnessing the Russell Tribunal on Palestine which is assessing Israel’s war crimes in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. The full testimony is available on the Tribunal’s website, but I have captured some key excerpts from my live reporting today.

    The likes of film maker Ken Loach, music legend Roger Waters and internationally renowned lawyers such as Michael Mansfield QC formed a jury – while expert witnesses from Gaza and beyond testified to the atrocities of the 50 day offensive.

    Having borne personal witness to the unimaginable brutality and carnage of Israel’s onslaught while in Gaza in August, much of today was like a live action replay – evoking the same fear, anger and tear-inducing gutteral sadness that reduces you to shoulder-shaking sobs.

    Here are some of the key points:

    Roger Waters, Pink Floyd Music Legend


    http://dprogram.net/2014/09/26/israe...cwy+(Dprogram)

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    Gentiles and Christians have gotten what they deserve for being so F,ing stupid,,,,,now they bow before the Jew, a mere 2% at most of their population.

    But keep voting in the Jew controlled 2 party system

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