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Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:01 PM

Six (6) Corporation own 90% of all American print, broadcast, and digital media outlets


http://broadcastunionnews.blogspot.com/2012/06/six-6-corporation-own-90-of-all.html








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Reply Six (6) Corporation own 90% of all American print, broadcast, and digital media outlets (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jun 2012 OP
Catch2.2 Jun 2012 #1
patrice Jun 2012 #2
pizzadave Jun 2012 #7
patrice Jun 2012 #9
pizzadave Jun 2012 #16
patrice Jun 2012 #20
Uncle Joe Jun 2012 #3
patrice Jun 2012 #4
Marblehead Jun 2012 #5
raouldukelives Jun 2012 #8
rhett o rick Jun 2012 #31
just1voice Jun 2012 #6
hay rick Jun 2012 #10
stupidicus Jun 2012 #11
OffWithTheirHeads Jun 2012 #12
KamaAina Jun 2012 #13
enough Jun 2012 #14
Dont call me Shirley Jun 2012 #15
abelenkpe Jun 2012 #17
limpyhobbler Jun 2012 #18
Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #24
Duval Jun 2012 #19
Jamaal510 Jun 2012 #21
FightForChange Jun 2012 #22
onenote Jun 2012 #23
coalition_unwilling Jun 2012 #26
Omaha Steve Jun 2012 #25
freshwest Jun 2012 #27
Jake2413 Jun 2012 #28
Lugnut Jun 2012 #29
BlueIris Jun 2012 #30
Telly Savalas Jun 2012 #32
Dustlawyer Jun 2012 #33
mother earth Jun 2012 #34

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:05 PM

1. K&R

This is a big reason with what's wrong with this country.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:07 PM

2. That CBS logo is CREEPY!!

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Response to patrice (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:39 PM

7. ...the all-seeing eye...

n/t

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Response to pizzadave (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:52 PM

9. It looks like something from the machine wars in the Animatrix, the machine that

enslaved all of the nations of Earth, with their own complicity, and then created a nuclear war.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0328832/

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Response to patrice (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 04:37 PM

16. the matrix

is one of my favorite sci-fi movies. I hope the prequels are better than the two follow up movies. Those who enslave tend to have lots of movies, conspiracies and such written about them.

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Response to pizzadave (Reply #16)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 05:12 PM

20. Mine too. I really like the whole "how do you know what is real" question.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:08 PM

3. And they have created an ever shrinking political, mental box for the American People

to reside in.

Thanks for the thread, Omaha Steve.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:08 PM

4. K&R for the REAL 1st Amendment.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:09 PM

5. who owns them....

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Response to Marblehead (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:51 PM

8. Anyone in the stock market is directly responsible. nt

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Response to raouldukelives (Reply #8)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 10:35 AM

31. What do you mean? nm

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:21 PM

6. Rec'd, good post.

 

It makes it clear how easy it is for them to spread their self-interested propaganda.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:53 PM

10. K&R

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:59 PM

11. that's really kinda old news

I posted yesterday to support an argument http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002809563 more as a reminder than anything else

It's also one of the reasons I found the BHO candidacy attractive in 08 http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/388/encourage-diversity-in-media-ownership/

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 03:59 PM

12. I wonder how many of the same people sit on those 6 boards?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 04:07 PM

13. This is going on in every sector

for instance, in roughly the same time frame, we've gone from 27 major banks to 4.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 04:17 PM

14. And where is the flood of post Citizen's United campaign money going?

To those six corporations.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 04:36 PM

15. It's time for Obama to massively enforce Sherman Anti-Trust Act!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 04:52 PM

17. We have anti trust laws....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 05:00 PM

18. ought to be illegal somehow.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #18)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 05:53 PM

24. It used to be before they deregulated ownership rules

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 05:01 PM

19. Big Media

Thank you, Omaha Steve. This has been going on far too long, and "The People" are paying for it in many ways. Plus the big problem, too many believe the propaganda and lies. It's as if some have been successfully brain-washed.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 05:15 PM

21. I hate Viacom.

I uploaded a South Park video and a Cow and Chicken video on YouTube and they both got yanked because of the pesky copyright rules. I now have two strikes remaining before my account is deleted. The funny thing is that those weren't even full episodes that I uploaded--just clips.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 05:39 PM

22. It's ridiculous...

... How much people buy into what people on the news say and don't consider that you are only hearing what they want you to hear. They twist the facts of stories to support their views, and it's not just news they've started to do it with history as well. Don't forget the truth and read between the lines, maybe someday there will be media for and by the people. But I'm not holding my breath.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 05:43 PM

23. there is too much consolidation, but the 90 percent claim is utterly bogus

Seriously, does it really help us in making the case against media consolidation to throw out ridiculous, easily rebutted claims? Want to make it easy for the other side? THat's what this sort of nonsense does.

I would love to see how they come up with the 90 percent figure. The facts are that there are over 11,000 commercial am and fm radio stations and another 3700 noncommercial radio stations (this is simply over the air -- it doesn't include online or satellite audio services). CBS owns 130 of those stations. ABC used to have an ownership interest in nearly 300 stations, but that interest was sold off to Cumulus a year ago. Can't get to 90 percent of what we hear.

What we read? Of the top 100 newspapers in the US, two are owned by News Corp. None of the other five companies listed have any signficant newspaper ownership. Magazines? Of the top 100 magazines, Time Warner Inc. owns 11 and Disney owns 2. None of the other companies have any magazines in the top 100.

What we watch? There are 1387 commercial television stations and 396 noncommercial stations. Four of the companies listed own a total of around 60 stations; they provide network program to around 800 stations. Comcast (not really GE) is the major cable system owner in the country, with systems serving around 23 million customers. There are another 78 million homes that receive cable or satellite service from a company not on that list. Comcast, Viacom, Disney, Time Warner and News Corp are the biggest providers of non broadcast programming for distribution by cable and satellite and they control close to 90 percent of the top cable networks. But overall, they don't own anywhere near 90 percent of the hundreds of satellite and terrestrial distributed non broadcast video channels.

My point isn't to say the current situation is fine and dandy. Its anything but. There is too much concentration, particularly at the local level among broadcast television stations. But winning the battle to restrain media concentration isn't going to happen if folks make easily rebutted claims. Focus on the real issues, don't make up nonsensical statistical bs.

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Response to onenote (Reply #23)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 07:46 PM

26. I have to admit the 90% figure caused my eyebrows to

 

rise too.

I have no idea what the 90% refers to? Content? Viewer-hours? Vehicles?

My field of expertise was and is print journalism and there several big chains (Gannett, McClatchy, Tribune Corp., for example) control many local newspapers and some control local television broadcast outlets. (Tribune Corp. owns and operates KTLA5 in Los Angeles, for example). In fact there might just be 6 of those major chains operating now, altho Tribune Corp. has been in and out of bankruptcy so often lately that I no longer know whether it is active.

Like you, I am concerned about the concentration of ownership among the nation's newspapers. But it stretches credulity to think that our media is as highly concentrated as the OP would have us believe.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 07:36 PM

25. Buffet started buying newspapers


Maybe to keep consolidation from getting worse?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 09:35 PM

27. Thanks for finding that chart. I had one like a while back when they were doing this. A must see!

There is no massive public support for the anti-worker, anti-woman, anti-poor, anti-old, anti-anything that Americans want their nation to be about!

It is all a matter of perception ruled by these corporate giants. Tell them that we aren't buying the lies spread by their over-paid mouth pieces anymore.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:56 PM

28. Where is the DOJ on these monopolies

Come to think of it the DOJ has investigated any monopolies since ATT (?) back in what the 70's.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 11:29 PM

29. K&R n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 11:30 PM

30. Sad.

Really, really sad.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 11:13 AM

32. The only way this can be stopped is to spend 6 hours a day absorbing their media content

and then complaining about it on the internet.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 12:31 PM

33. We need a trust buster to break up these oligarchies!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:21 PM

34. MSM has never been liberal, nor objective. Bought & paid for, a monopoly for the 1%, like oil, and

eveything else. The revolution will not be televised, that's why they want to kill the internet. The dumbing down may not have been successful....the illusion of choice is not limited to media, it's the new "democracy". Hitler would be proud.

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