If you think that the mainstream news media is independent, unbiased, and has the best interests of common citizens at heart, consider this:
The 9th largest company in the United States, AT&T, controls CNN.
The 33rd largest company in the United States, Comcast, controls NBCUniversal, which controls NBC and MSNBC.
The Sulzberger family controls the New York Times Company, which controls the New York Times. 17% of the New York Times Company is owned by the 7th richest man in the world, Carlos Slim from Mexico (worth $67.4 billion).
The 55th largest company in the United States, The Walt Disney Company, controls ABC.
The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos ($150 billion), controls the Washington Post. He is also the Chairman and CEO of the 8th largest company in the United States, Amazon.
The 34th richest person in the U.S., Rupert Murdock, and his family control 21st Century Fox, which controls Fox Broadcasting. They also control News Corp., which controls the Wall Street Journal.
Sumner Redstone, who reportedly was worth $5 billion in 2015, controls CBS.
The largest newspaper publisher in the United States, the Gannett Company, owns USA Today.
The social media giant and 76th largest company in the United States, Facebook, is controlled by its chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg is reportedly worth $55 billion.
Video streaming giant YouTube is controlled by the 22nd largest company in the United States, Alphabet (formerly Google).
As of 2016, the social media giant, Twitter, had 319 million monthly active users. It was the largest source of breaking news in the United States on election day, 2016.
Fast growing social media site, Instagram, is owned by Facebook. (See above)
Do you think that the individuals who control these companies have the best interests of common citizens at heart or do they only care about their own best interests? Do you think that the news and information disseminated by the mainstream media are unbiased or are they for the benefit of those who control them? Do you think that our tax laws are enacted for the benefit of common citizens or for the benefit of the wealthy?
When the United States was founded in the late 1700s, most of its inhabitants were engaged in farmingor other small business ventures—fishing, trapping, hunting, tradesmen, etc. The Constitution they ratified reflected those times. However, I believe that when the Industrial Revolution of the late-19th and early-20th centuries occurred, so did a different type of revolution.
I believe that some of the new, wealthy industrialists soon began to realize that if they worked together and with some of the already-existing wealthy people, they could subvert the Constitution of the United States (and eventually the entire world) for their own benefit, which they did.
They did so by purchasing controlling interests in many of our sources of news and information; by purchasing controlling interests in many of our sources of entertainment; by buying off many of our elected leaders and installing their own minions into political office; and by installing many of their minions into our educational, judicial, financial, medical, business, legal, etc. systems.
Having such unfettered control over our lives allowed those wealthy oligarchs to fabricate bogeymen against whom we had to created and maintain gigantic militaries and wage war. That began with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) and is currently against various contrived “terrorist” groups. In 1960, even outgoing President Dwight Eisenhower warned us about the “Military-Industrial Complex.”
So do not buy into the common belief that the mainstream media are unbiased sources of news and information. They are owned and controlled by oligarchs who have usurped and destroyed our freedom and who surreptitiously have taken over the world!
Copyright 2019 Steven A. Swan