It’s a Media-opoly!

A funny conspiratorial look at how the media really works…

“It’s a media-opoly…a media-opoly. The whole media’s controlled by a few corporations thanks to deregulation by the FCC. You mean Disney, Fox, Westinghouse, and good ol’ GE? They own networks from CBS to CNBC….”

2 thoughts on “It’s a Media-opoly!

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  2. Media Ownership

    In the USA, NBC and CBS (two television companies) are owned by corporations involved in arms manufacture and nuclear power (General Electric and Westinghouse). Several oil companies (Exxon, Texaco and Mobil) have seats on the boards of these news organisations. Time-Warner and CNN merged in the late 1990s to form one of the largest news and media monopolies in the world. Rupert Murdoch is the largest owner of television stations in the USA. Originally an Australian citizen, his American citizenship was “fast-tracked” by the Reagan administration to allow him to own television stations in the country.

    Stories that highlight problems with nuclear power or waste, stories about oil companies involved with governments that violate human rights and stories about conflicts armed by Western companies are unlikely to be given much coverage. Stories that help the interests of the media owners are given prominence.

    One man, John Malone, owns 23% of the world’s cable stations. His Discovery Channel commissions programs after “market approval” and avoids “controversial subjects”.

    In 2004, the USA documentary film maker, Michael Moore, had problems with having his film distributed in the USA. The distributer was Miramax, owned by Disney. The latter did not want a controversial film criticising the USA president in an election year.

    Cross-media ownership and the fact that a small number of people own so many of our means of obtaining information is a threat to a pluralistic society.


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