These SIX Media Conglomerates Control Messaging Consumed By Americans

In the wake of Donald Trump totally and completely taking the mainstream media apart with the reading of the cash dispersement for veterans groups done by his foundation, it is worth the reminder that behind the scenes of all the brand names on various mainstream media outlets, there are actually ownership groups.  And, like most big business in the United States at this point in history, the total number of subsidiaries owned by the parent companies, are actually the face of the conglomerate and what people recognize.

Yes, I know we are supposed to have laws against monopolies and vertical integration in this country, but it seems that so long as market share is not a majority, no one is paying much attention.

So, who or what are these corporations that are controlling the messages brainwashing, uh, being absorbed by many Americans on a daily basis:

CBS Corporation

CBS Television Network
The CW (along with Time Warner)
CBS Sports Network
Showtime
TVGN
CBS Radio, Inc.
CBS Television Studios
Simon & Schuster
Infinity Broadcasting
Westwood One Radio Network

Comcast

NBC
Telemundo
Universal Pictures
Focus Features
USA Network
Bravo
CNBC
The Weather Channel
MSNBC
Syfy
NBCSN
Golf Channel
Esquire Network
E!
Cloo
Chiller
Universal HD
Comcast SportsNet
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Studio Home Video

News Corporation

Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox News Channel
Fox Business Network
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
FX
FXX
FX Movie Channel
Fox Sports Networks
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Post
Barron’s
SmartMoney
HarperCollins
20th Century Fox
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Blue Sky Studios
Beliefnet
Zondervan

Time Warner

CNN
The CW
HBO
Cinemax
Cartoon Network
HLN
NBA TV
TBS
TNT
TruTV
Turner Classic Movies
Warner Bros.
Castle Rock
DC Comics
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
New Line Cinema
Sports Illustrated
Fortune
Marie Claire
People Magazine

Viacom

MTV
Nickelodeon
VH1
BET
Comedy Central
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
Country Music Television (CMT)
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land

The Walt Disney Company

ABC Television Network
ESPN
The Disney Channel
A&E
Lifetime
Marvel Entertainment
Lucasfilm
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Disney Mobile
Disney Consumer Products
Interactive Media
Disney Theme Parks
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures

Note that interspersed with all the television networks are magazines, book publishers, movie studios, and more.

In addition to that, 47% of online traffic is controlled by ten websites:

The biggest online news publisher for the U.S. audience was MSN, owner of MSN.com, with just over 27 billion combined page views across mobile and desktop, followed by Disney Media Networks, owner of ESPN and ABC News, with 25.9 billion.

Time Warner, owner of CNN and Bleacher Report, had 14.8 billion, followed by Yahoo with 10.3 billion, and Time, Inc. with 10.2 billion.

A bit further down the totem poll were CBS Corp., owner of Cnet.com, with 9.9 billion combined page views; NBC Universal, with 9.5 billion; Matt Drudge, with 8.5 billion; Advance Publications, with 8 billion; and Fox Entertainment Group, owner of Fox News, with 7.9 billion.

The other half is split among 140 other websites and outlets.  According to a report from earlier this year, Americans spend:

Watching live television: 4 hours, 32 minutes

Watching time-shifted television: 30 minutes

Listening to the radio: 2 hours, 44 minutes

Using  a smartphone: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Using Internet on a computer: 1 hour, 6 minutes

For a lot of us, those numbers are in a different order, but consider the person who has Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, OANN, or any number of the other outlets on in their workspace during the day.  (This writer surfs the web and works in silence, but to each their own.)  Also consider the synergy displayed quite often by the integration of the various outlets, each with a specific editorial bent.  The information each of us uses to make decisions is influenced by that.  Add to that the number of online outlets controlled by Salem Communications, and other such enterprises, and media corruption is definitely possible.

To say that so much communications power being concentrated in so few hands is a problem is an understatement.  It’s a calamity.  Information suppression is not only possible, but probable.  A set of talking points can be repeated over and over until it becomes the narrative whether true or not.  The groups are relatively incestuous and trade reporters all the time.  In the last couple years, we in the United States have seen this over and over again.

And the strings are being pulled by just six ownership groups.  Stunning.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.