Six corporations control 90% of US media, down from 50 in 1983

That’s part of what makes it comparatively easy to keep off the agenda things the rest of us want to talk about and to portray as abnormal the concerns we hear from most people we know. From Lee Stranahan at Breitbart,

As Business Insider reported five years ago, six corporations control 90% of the media in America, which puts a huge amount of power in the hands of a very few people. That number is down from 50 companies back in 1983.

Who runs things? A ranking of the world’s largest media companies of 2015 says that Comcast Corporation is the largest media conglomerate in the U.S., with The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, and Time Warner in the second, third, and fourth slots.

The members of the media, the “opposition party at the back of the room,” are really just cogs in this machine — the front-line foot soldiers who’ve been put through a rigorous program of indoctrination in journalism school. These members of the progressive left not only face corporate pressure to conform to certain narratives, but members of the modern American media have also been taught that they possess a moral superiority and are on a mission to help make the world a better place. More.

Reality check: No question about the sense of moral superiority. But don’t overlook the desperation. Their product isn’t needed and isn’t selling.

If we are trying to help someone who is “really worried” by information from Big Six sources, one could talk to them about how much worse everything seems to them because it is part of a pattern associated with their decline.

See also: Time Magazine editor’s emotional meltdown over Trump vs. Obama This Satan vs. Jesus meltdown is a measure of the woman and of her low level of commitment to actual government as opposed to an endless progressive revolution. Which is likely why her medium is doomed, in a world where most people will tolerate the one far more readily than the other.

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New York Times markets the “truth” Thanks, but I’ve already got the Bible. I’ve also got fifty different sources of news (not “truth”) who do not have the effrontery to pretend they are unbiased.

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  • DJ

    And this is why they’re frantic about social media–it’s democratizing the flow of information faster, cheaper, and with people savvy of their audiences interests. While these relics stand as gatekeepers trying to cram a narrative, the information age allows people to forgo the gates altogether. It will be nice to see these giants crumble under their own overhead.

    • WalterBannon

      Depends on what you include as being social media – the real threat to the MSM as far as controlling the public agenda goes are independent bloggers, upstart online news sites, and online discussion forums as well as article comment apps.

      However if you mean the big corporate social media apps like Facebook and twitter, those big corporations have the same agenda as the MSM and are already initiating efforts to control and shape what news message is distributed. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

      Both the MSM and these social media leviathans need to crumble and die….

  • The big guys are going to get hit hard. The internet is destroying their monopoly.

    Too bad.

  • vwVwwVwv

    who are the 6

    The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, and Time Warner
    and the other 2?

    who owns the companies?

    • Tooth&Claw

      Comcast, Time Warner, Disney,Viacom, CBS, Newscorp

      • vwVwwVwv

        thanks

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I hope Attorney General Sessions enforces the anti-trust laws.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Fewer people to shoot.