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5. Big Media Interlocks with Corporate America
Big Media Interlocks with Corporate America
by Peter Phillips

Mainstream media is the term often used to describe the collective group of big TV, radio and newspapers in the United States. Mainstream implies that the news being produced is for the benefit and enlightenment of the mainstream population-the majority of people living in the US. Mainstream media include a number of communication mediums that carry almost all the news and information on world affairs that most Americans receive. The word media is plural, implying a diversity of news sources.

However, mainstream media no longer produce news for the mainstream population-nor should we consider the media as plural. Instead it is more accurate to speak of big media in the US today as the corporate media and to use the term in the singular tense-as it refers to the singular monolithic top-down power structure of self-interested news giants.

A research team at Sonoma State University has recently finished conducting a network analysis of the boards of directors of the ten big media organizations in the US. The team determined that only 118 people comprise the membership on the boards of director of the ten big media giants. This is a small enough group to fit in a moderate size university classroom. These 118 individuals in turn sit on the corporate boards of 288 national and international corporations. In fact, eight out of ten big media giants share common memberships on boards of directors with each other. NBC and the Washington Post both have board members who sit on Coca Cola and J. P. Morgan, while the Tribune Company, The New York Times and Gannett all have members who share a seat on Pepsi. It is kind of like one big happy family of interlocks and shared interests. The following are but a few of the corporate board interlocks for the big ten media giants in the US:

New York Times: Caryle Group, Eli Lilly, Ford, Johnson and Johnson, Hallmark, Lehman Brothers, Staples, Pepsi

Washington Post: Lockheed Martin, Coca-Cola, Dun & Bradstreet, Gillette, G.E. Investments, J.P. Morgan, Moody's

Knight-Ridder: Adobe Systems, Echelon, H&R Block, Kimberly-Clark, Starwood Hotels

The Tribune (Chicago & LA Times): 3M, Allstate, Caterpillar, Conoco Phillips, Kraft, McDonalds, Pepsi, Quaker Oats, Shering Plough, Wells Fargo

News Corp (Fox): British Airways, Rothschild Investments

GE (NBC): Anheuser-Busch, Avon, Bechtel, Chevron/Texaco, Coca-Cola, Dell, GM, Home Depot, Kellogg, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Motorola, Procter & Gamble

Disney (ABC): Boeing, Northwest Airlines, Clorox, Estee Lauder, FedEx, Gillette, Halliburton, Kmart, McKesson, Staples, Yahoo

Viacom (CBS): American Express, Consolidated Edison, Oracle, Lafarge North America

Gannett: AP, Lockheed-Martin, Continental Airlines, Goldman Sachs, Prudential, Target, Pepsi

AOL-Time Warner (CNN): Citigroup, Estee Lauder, Colgate-Palmolive, Hilton

Can we trust the news editors at the Washington Post to be fair and objective regarding news stories about Lockheed-Martin defense contract over-runs? Or can we assuredly believe that ABC will conduct critical investigative reporting on Halliburton's sole-source contracts in Iraq? If we believe the corporate media give us the full un-censored truth about key issues inside the special interests of American capitalism, then we might feel that they are meeting the democratic needs of mainstream America. However if we believe - as increasingly more Americans do- that corporate media serves its own self-interests instead of those of the people, than we can no longer call it mainstream or refer to it as plural. Instead we need to say that corporate media is corporate America, and that we the mainstream people need to be looking at alternative independent sources for our news and information.
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  -WHO OWNS THE U.S. CORPORATE MEDIA? Orwellian_Ghost  Jan-17-08 08:59 PM   #0 
  - And that is why it is time to start breaking up these Mega Corporations.  MadMaddie   Jan-17-08 09:03 PM   #1 
  - Oprah owns a big hunk of it, but you left her out nt  msongs   Jan-17-08 09:04 PM   #2 
  - What big chunk of it does Oprah own?  donheld   Jan-18-08 04:49 AM   #21 
  - Oprah will have her own network soon. OWN. Or Oprah Winfrey Network. Blows my mind.  TheGoldenRule   Jan-18-08 09:48 AM   #33 
     - She won't be the first n/t  spokane   Jan-18-08 07:09 PM   #51 
  - Thanks for this...  shoopnyc   Jan-17-08 09:05 PM   #3 
  - Interconnected  Orwellian_Ghost   Jan-17-08 09:07 PM   #4 
  - Big Media Interlocks with Corporate America  Orwellian_Ghost   Jan-17-08 09:09 PM   #5 
  - "We the mainstream people" need to be looking at a president who seeks..  Triana   Jan-17-08 10:03 PM   #9 
  - I was particularly interested in your "talk clock" which shows the corp media's favorite Dem  Sarah Ibarruri   Jan-17-08 09:16 PM   #6 
  - Great timing, I just had a debate with a hard core right winger  liberal N proud   Jan-17-08 09:19 PM   #7 
  - But were Iowa & NH stolen? That's the question. nt  TheGoldenRule   Jan-18-08 09:51 AM   #34 
  - something doesn't make sense about these numbers  onenote   Jan-17-08 09:35 PM   #8 
  - Thanks for pointing this out  Oeditpus Rex   Jan-18-08 01:30 PM   #47 
  - Frightening,isn't it?  Fed_Up_Grammy   Jan-17-08 10:08 PM   #10 
  - "Free Press" my ass. Even with 60 it's still elitist.  JanMichael   Jan-17-08 10:19 PM   #12 
  - no wonder we have no real news anymore  madokie   Jan-17-08 10:19 PM   #13 
  - And instead of passing legislation to curtail this trend, our Congress  southerncrone   Jan-17-08 10:22 PM   #14 
  - like a virus, attaches itself to the host and multiplies  seemslikeadream   Jan-17-08 10:23 PM   #15 
  - Corporate or not, the media will operate as a business in a capitalist economy...  Writer   Jan-17-08 10:25 PM   #16 
  - Yeah, like this:  TheGoldenRule   Jan-18-08 09:54 AM   #35 
  - We don't live in a capitalist economy - we live in a regulated capitalist economy  aint_no_life_nowhere   Jan-18-08 01:06 PM   #46 
  - I love info. I love it even more when sourced --  snot   Jan-17-08 11:53 PM   #17 
  - Media deregulation under Reagan and Bush  aint_no_life_nowhere   Jan-17-08 11:57 PM   #18 
  - Time for a new label for 'corporatist'.....  dmosh42   Jan-18-08 04:19 AM   #19 
  - Don't forget Slick Willie  ProudDad   Jan-18-08 07:57 PM   #53 
  - I think John Edwards will be our own , modern-day 'trust-buster'.  AzDar   Jan-18-08 04:41 AM   #20 
  - Not likely.  Clark2008   Jan-18-08 06:07 AM   #26 
     - Maybe or maybe not. But Hillary or Obama are far more diabolically worse. nt  TheGoldenRule   Jan-18-08 09:56 AM   #36 
  - What Candidate Does the Corporate Media and Hell Most Corporations Support?  leftchick   Jan-18-08 05:02 AM   #22 
  - This post should have a sticky  malaise   Jan-18-08 06:02 AM   #23 
  - an awful lot completely ignore her complicity  leftchick   Jan-18-08 06:04 AM   #24 
     - Yep n/t  malaise   Jan-18-08 06:05 AM   #25 
  - I see you've listed part of the unelected shadow government of the  mmonk   Jan-18-08 06:09 AM   #27 
  - ...NSA, Homeland "Security," Big Brother, Inc. They decide; "elections" don't  Echo In Light   Jan-18-08 06:29 AM   #28 
  - this thread needs many many many kicks. Thank you. n/t  deacon   Jan-18-08 06:37 AM   #29 
  - A second kick for those who missed it yesterday  liberal N proud   Jan-18-08 09:24 AM   #30 
  - Kick n/t  malaise   Jan-18-08 09:41 AM   #31 
  - Bagdikian is a local export  wintersoulja   Jan-18-08 09:44 AM   #32 
  - Kicked and recommended.  Uncle Joe   Jan-18-08 10:03 AM   #37 
  - A pleasure and an obligation  Orwellian_Ghost   Jan-18-08 12:19 PM   #40 
     - The last sentence of Lippman's truly hits home.  Uncle Joe   Jan-18-08 12:42 PM   #43 
  - Ben Bagdikian was a prophet....  LanternWaste   Jan-18-08 10:16 AM   #38 
  - KICK & REC! nt  paparush   Jan-18-08 11:06 AM   #39 
  - What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream  Orwellian_Ghost   Jan-18-08 12:22 PM   #41 
  - Excellent excellent thread, OG. Thank you!! K&R  Desertrose   Jan-18-08 12:35 PM   #42 
  - seems like murdoch owns more every damn day  spanone   Jan-18-08 12:44 PM   #44 
  - There were some great stats distributed on DU prior to the 2004 election  wiggs   Jan-18-08 12:49 PM   #45 
  - Thanks for posting this OG. Rec'd and bookmarked.  DCKit   Jan-18-08 02:03 PM   #48 
  - using distorted and misleading data to make the point about concentration doesnt' help  onenote   Jan-18-08 02:05 PM   #49 
  - Who owns the corporate media?  tbyg52   Jan-18-08 06:13 PM   #50 
  - Mom said, big business founded the country and it will always continue to run it...  Imagevision   Jan-18-08 07:12 PM   #52 
     - Mom was right  Orwellian_Ghost   Jan-19-08 10:03 PM   #54 

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