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 Television Network
The CW (along with Time Warner)
CBS Sports Network
CBS Radio, Inc.
CBS Television Studios
Simon & Schuster
Westwood One Radio Network
The Weather Channel
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Studio Home Video
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox News Channel
Fox Business Network
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Nat Geo Wild
FX Movie Channel
Fox Sports Networks
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Post
20th Century Fox
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Blue Sky Studios
Turner Classic Movies
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
New Line Cinema
Paramount Home Entertainment
Country Music Television (CMT)
The Movie Channel
The Walt Disney Company
ABC Television Network
The Disney Channel
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Disney Consumer Products
Disney Theme Parks
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.