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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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The General Electric Company (“GE”): Misinformation at Work

The General Electric Company ("GE"): Misinformation at Work

1.a. GE (the General Electric Company, founded by Thomas Edison) is one of world’s largest multinational conglomerate corporations, and ranks as the 14th most profitable company in the Fortune 500 for 2010:


1.b. Despite reporting 2010 worldwide profits of $14.2 billion with $5.1 billion of the total coming from its operations in the United States, GE paid no federal income taxes for that year. In fact, GE claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.


2.a. GE has been one of the Top 100 federal government contractors and war profiteers for many years:


2.b. GE has also maintained a Top 100 ranking in the Federal Contractor Misconduct Database for many years:


3.a. The GE “Ecomagination” PR (propaganda) program herald’s their “…commitment to imagine and build innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges while driving economic growth.”


3.b. Historically, however, GE has always valued earnings over the environment.  The Political Economy Research Institute listed GE as the fourth-largest producer of air pollution in the U.S. in 2000, with more than 4.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals released into the air.  And according to the EPA, only the U.S. Government, Honeywell, and Chevron Corporation are responsible for producing more Superfund toxic waste sites:


4.a. Jeffrey Immelt has been CEO of GE since 2001, and a top economic advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama since 2009:


4.b. This means “Bushbama” apparently saw no reason to hold Immelt accountable for GE defrauding not only the government but its own investors repeatedly over the course of his tenure:


5.a. GE claims its “…nuclear performance services business develops innovative and proven solutions that preserve and optimize nuclear power plants.”


5.b. That claim is contradicted by the fact that GE designed the nuclear reactors that failed in Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant (of which there are 23 similar units in service in the U.S. right now), and GE placed those units in service even though one of its own scientists resigned rather than attest to their safety:


6.a. A global greed-based corporation like GE has more than a minor motivation to “manage” their public image, which is why GE has long been a major stakeholder in NBCUniversal, which in turns controls an alarmingly significant portion of what gets broadcasted on American airwaves (be sure to scan the entire list):


6.b. So before you get led down the wrong path by righteous-sounding Judas goats like MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, think long and hard about who’s buttering their bread.  That should help you distinguish champion from charlatan:


Q. Why does a greedy Kleptocrat like GE tolerate and underwrite a gaggle of “Left Wing” talking heads on MSNBC?

A. To counterbalance the “Right Wing” talking heads on Fox News, and keep us attacking each other and not THEM!