A handful of conglomerates – corporations, control the media ‘programming’ (yes you are programmed) which is shaped and determined by only a powerful few. If you really think that a ‘free press’ is working in your best interests nipping at the heels of big government or calling out and exposing the crookedness of the so called ‘greedy’ corporations, what you need to realize is that all media (not just the news) is under the control of a handful of mega corporations who shape your perceptions. Ever wonder why on a given day when a particular news event is being presented – that no matter which media outlet you turn to, that they are ALL using the same ‘key’ word phrases? This is NOT a coincidence. The ‘programming’ comes down from ‘on high’ and is repeated across the teleprompters of the cast members who are shaping your perceptions and beliefs. And that’s just one example… Here’s who they are: Through a history of mergers and acquisitions, the following corporations have gobbled up ‘the media’. They control the programming that you see, hear, and read – as well as the shaping of your perception of current events and the so called ‘norms’ of life (especially towards the young and impressionable). These five conglomerates (also corporate members of the Council on Foreign relations) are, Time Warner Disney News Corporation Bertelsmann Viacom – CBS Murdoch’s News Corp owns Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, Barrons weekly, the London times, far Eastern Economic review, the New York Post, and hundreds of other large and small city and community newspapers, magazines, and internet properties. Time-warner owns Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, CNN news group, Turner networks and movies, Warner brothers films, DC Comics, Times online systems, and much more. And Disney is not just about Mickey Mouse Cartoons these days, as it owns ABC Television, magazine publishing business, Disney Films, Lucas Films, and a huge number of other media and entertainment enterprises. CBS and Viacom are ‘relatives’ and are global mass media companies. Viacom’s assets include Paramount Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Channel 5 (UK), and much more. Bertelsmann of Germany is a multinational mass media company which not only is a major influence in Western Europe, but also in the United States (increasingly so) and includes Penguin Random House, RTL Group (television), Gruner + Jahr (magazine publishing), Be Printers (printing) and BMG (music). Their control spans most of the newspapers, magazines, books, radio and TV stations, movie studios, and much of the web news content of the United States. These conglomerates are largely responsible for instilling (brainwashing) the social, political, economic, and moral values of both adults and children in the United States. There are additional mega-corporations which would follow-on to the list above, however the principle is the same (domination of the entire media array by only a few). This is a VERY powerful thing. It empowers the entire shaping of one’s ‘world’ and has alignment with government policies – all enabled by the mega banking sector (‘money’ is the glue). Have you noticed how the distinction between news and entertainment has diminished to the point of being barely discernible at times? Have you noticed how even your friends and neighbors will ‘pick up’ on the phrases that are being fed to us through the media? Have you noticed how even you can be fooled at times having been persuaded (by the media) that something ‘is’ the way it ‘is’ (often after a constantly repeated ‘programming’), only to find out later that it wasn’t true at all? Have you ever noticed how TV programs (and movies and even cartoons) promote certain outlooks, apparent behavioral norms, and ways-of-life? As if there is an underlying agenda? (hint: there is) Now more than ever before we must be critical thinkers and skeptical thinkers. Whenever I see or hear ANY news report (for example) I am ALWAYS immediately looking for the slant – the underlying reason that it’s being presented a certain way – because I KNOW that most all media is slanted (and nearly always towards the favor or benefit of ‘big govt’, ‘progressive’ ideals, etc..). I do not believe that it has always been this way. There was a time in our history when the free press was truly a free press (or a free’er press), and they really went after the truths. Whereas now, they are all owned and controlled by big interests. So, I suppose that my message is this. To understand that there are ‘powers that be’ who control most of what you see, hear, and read – and that what you see in the array of media is often an illusion, often warped, and not always (rarely?) ‘the truth’, or what is truly ‘right’. That’s just my opinion. What’s yours?