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Mediagopoly: The Megacorps that Control Mainstream Media and Much More

Mediagopoly: The Megacorps that Control Mainstream Media and Much More

“The U.S. media landscape is dominated by 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.”  This chart shows who owns what:


When we say these megacorps control mainstream media “and much more”, part of what we refer to is covered in the Related Videos listed below.  Here’s the other part:  According to numbers provided by InfluenceExplorer.com, from 1989 to now the Top Politician Recipient for 6 of the 7 members of the Mediagopoly is none other than Barack H. Obama, current President of the United States.  For the one exception, Viacom, he was still in their top three.  Note that even News Corporation – owner of Fox News, supposedly Obama’s primary media detractor – sent big bucks his way:

Time Warner            $664,884
General Electric (GE)   536,580
Walt Disney             456,768
News Corp.              383,669
Comcast                 285,186
Viacom                  137,950
CBS Corp.                71,320

A growing number of political commentators contend that the outcomes of America’s major elections are decided in boardrooms rather than ballot boxes, and this observation is certainly consistent with that contention.  Either way, here are the media megacorps who helped assure Barack Obama would be “the Chosen One” in 2008 (Note that SCOTUS forever besmirched its integrity by certifying a similar predetermined outcome for predecessor puppet George W. Bush in 2000):

1 of 6: GE/Comcast

General Electric (GE) 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.  On January 18, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission approved Comcast’s take-over of a majority share of NBC-Universal from General Electric.  However, General Electric still has a 49% ownership stake in NBC-Universal.

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2 of 6 : Walt Disney Company

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.

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3 of 6: News Corporation

Headed by the infamous Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation’s 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 TV Guide; 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.

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4 of 6: Time Warner

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.

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5 of 6: Viacom

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.

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6 of 6: CBS Corporation

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 Video Marketplace.

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Comcast Pays Politicians to Pressure FCC on NBC-Universal Merger Then Hires FCC Commissioner

Comcast Pays Politicians to Pressure FCC on NBC-Universal Merger Then Hires FCC Commissioner

In January 2011 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 4-1 to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC-Universal. This “created one of the largest media conglomerates in American history, which critics warn could limit the variety of voices heard by the public and threaten the Internet’s role as a forum for free exchange of information.” Their OK came after FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski received this letter urging approval signed by 97 members of Congress:


Of those 97 Democratic and Republican politicians, 88 “had received money from Comcast’s political action committee, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.”

“Putting pressure on an appointed group of commissioners like the FCC isn’t actually that different from pressuring Congress. ‘As a matter of fact, it can be harder for the public to trace,’ [Craig Holman of Public Citizen] said. ‘It’s quite difficult to analyze much of the lobbying activity for instance when it comes to working with FCC commissioners or others like that doesn’t get reported, it very frequently is not disclosed as lobbying activity.’

Comcast spent more than $75 million on federal lobbyists alone in the last ten years, with much of that sum coming in recent years… Last year alone, during which much of the merger process took place, the company employed 109 federal lobbyists and lobbied both houses of Congress and the FCC. The money a company spends on lobbying is important, Holman said, but even more important is the amount of money they can stuff into political campaigns. ‘Besides direct campaign contributions, which are traceable from PACs, they will do bundling activity, which is very difficult to trace, and in many cases untraceable,’ Holman said. ‘They will also now with Citizens United do direct corporate expenditures through third party groups, which are entirely untraceable, but their lobbyists will be on the Hill letting the lawmakers know what they’re doing with their money.’

While waiting on FCC approval of the merger in the 2010 election cycle, Comcast upped the amount of money they were directly donating through their political action committee, spending $3.5 million on political campaigns… ‘There can also be the direct campaign contributor factor to any lawmakers, they can pull the strings of members of Congress and get members of Congress to apply pressure on FCC commissioners to vote a certain way on various issues, and they do,’ Holman said. ‘The agency regulations are every bit as important as lawmaking, every lobbyist worth his or her salt knows that.'”


Shortly after voting to approve the Comcast/NBC-Universal merger, FCC Commisioner Meredith Attwell Baker resigned her government post and went through the revolving door to become a high-paid lobbyist for Comcast:


Comcast and ALEC:


Comcast owns Maryland:


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http://ironboltbruce.blog.com/files/2011/11/Verizon_Political_Contributions_2010.pdf (524KB PDF)
Federal and state, political action committee (PAC) and corporate contributions

http://ironboltbruce.blog.com/files/2011/11/Verizon_Political_Contributions_2009.pdf (541KB PDF)
Federal and state, political action committee (PAC) and corporate contributions

Our thanks to the patriot who contributed this information. 🙂



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