In his 01 November 2016 post entitled, Can The American People Defeat The Oligarchy That Rules Them?, Paul Craig Roberts mentions the following as an important issue related to the rescue of Hillary Clinton as U.S. president by, what he terms, ‘the American Oligarchy’.
The Clinton crime syndicate in the closing years of the 20th century allowed a small handful of mega-corporations to consolidate the US media in a few hands. This vast increase in the power of the Oligarchy was accomplished despite US anti-trust law. The media mergers destroyed the American tradition of a dispersed and independent media.
Not content with 90% control of the US media, the Oligarchy wants more concentration and more control. Looks like they will be getting it, thanks to the corrupt US government. The Federal Trade Commission is supposed to enforce US anti-trust law. Instead, the federal agency routinely violates US anti-trust law by permitting monopoly concentrations of business interests.
In actuality, it was the Reagan administration that set-up the deregulation of television and radio that produced the monopolistic media we see today. The Museum for Broadcast Communications sums it up:
Specific deregulatory moves–some by Congress, others by the FCC–included (a) extending television licenses to five years from three in 1981; (b) expanding the number of television stations any single entity could own grew from seven in 1981 to 12 in 1985 (a situation under consideration for further change in 1995); (c) abolishing guidelines for minimal amounts of non-entertainment programming in 1985; (d) elimination of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987; (e) dropping, in 1985, FCC license guidelines for how much advertising could be carried; (f) leaving technical standards increasingly in the hands of licensees rather than FCC mandates; and (g) deregulation of television’s competition (especially cable which went through several regulatory changes in the decade after 1983).
Deregulatory proponents do not perceive station licensees as “public trustees” of the public airwaves required to provide a wide variety of services to many different listening groups. Instead, broadcasting has been increasingly seen as just another business operating in a commercial marketplace which did not need its management decisions questioned by government overseers. Opponents argue that deregulation violates key parts of The Communications Act of 1934–especially the requirement to operate in the public interest–and allows broadcasters to seek profits with little public service programming required in return.
Be that as it may, Roberts does what so many critics of ‘the system’ do – he states the problem, identifies the source, then assigns a vague title to the criminal cabal in charge of the dirty work. Roberts’ pet name: ‘Oligarchy’.
Because Fearless Freedom doesn’t share the same reverent trepidation for the enemies of liberty that writers like Roberts does, let us consider just exactly whom the oligarchs are who monopolize not only the American media markets, but also a very large share of worldwide media as well.
The six media corporations shown in the above graphic control 90-98% of western media interests.
In March of 2013 Comcast acquired GE’s 49% stake in NBCUniversal thus acquiring all assets related to that media collossal. NBCUniversal’s media holdings include:
NBCUniversal Television Group
- NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
- NBC Owned Television Stations
- WNBC 4 – New York
- KNBC 4 – Los Angeles
- WMAQ 5 – Chicago
- WCAU 10 – Philadelphia
- KNTV 11 – San Jose/San Francisco
- KXAS 5 – Dallas/Fort Worth²
- WRC 4 – Washington
- WTVJ 6 – Miami
- KNSD 39 (cable 7) – San Diego²
- WVIT 30 – Hartford
- Cozi TV
- New England Cable News
- Telemundo Station Group
- KVEA – Los Angeles
- WNJU – New York
- WSCV – Miami
- KTMD – Houston
- WSNS – Chicago
- KXTX – Dallas/Fort Worth
- KVDA – San Antonio
- KSTS – San Jose/San Francisco
- KTAZ – Phoenix
- KBLR – Las Vegas
- KNSO – Fresno
- KDEN-TV – Longmont, Colorado
- WNEU – Boston/Merrimack
- KHRR – Tucson
- WKAQ – Puerto Rico (independent Spanish station)
- NBCUniversal Television Distribution
- NBC Owned Television Stations
- NBC Entertainment
- NBC – National Broadcasting Company -prime time and late night programming, business affairs, West Coast research, marketing, public relations and network scheduling
- NBC Studios
- Universal Television
- NBC – National Broadcasting Company -prime time and late night programming, business affairs, West Coast research, marketing, public relations and network scheduling
- NBCUniversal News Group
- NBC News
- Peacock Productions
- The Weather Channel – with private equity firms Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group
- EMKA, Ltd.
- NBCUniversal Cable
- USA Network
- CNBC World
- NBC Universo
- Universal HD
- Esquire Network (joint venture with Hearst)
- International Media Distribution
- NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
- NBC Universo
- Puerto Rico Studios
- Telemundo Studios
- NBC Sports Group
- NBC Sports
- Golf Channel
- MLB Network (part owner)
- NHL Network (part owner)
- Alli Sports
- MLB Network (5.44%) joint venture with Major League Baseball and other providers
- SportsNet New York (8%) joint venture with the New York Mets and Charter Communications
- NHL Network (United States) (15.6%) joint venture with National Hockey League
- Comcast SportsNet
- Bay Area (45%)
- Chicago (20%)
- New England
- SNY (8%)
- The Comcast Network
- NBCUniversal International Networks
- Universal Channel
- Latin America (operated by Fox International Channels and distributed by HBO Latin America Group)
- United Kingdom and Ireland
- Syfy (Latin America)
- Movies 24
- Eastern Europe
- Russia and Moldova
- Movies 24+
- Style Network
- Australia and New Zealand
- East Asia
- Southeast Asia
- South Asia
- Iberia (includes Spain and Portugal)
- DreamWorks Channel
- Hulu (30%) in partnership with 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Time Warner
Universal Parks & Resorts
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Universal Orlando Resort
- Universal Studios Florida
- Islands of Adventure
- Wet ‘n Wild Orlando
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
- Universal Pictures
- Illumination Entertainment
- Illumination Mac Guff
- DreamWorks Animation
- DreamWorks Animation LLC., copyright and trademark holder of DreamWorks Animation-branded properties
- DreamWorks Animation Television
- DreamWorks Classics
- Big Idea Entertainment
- Bullwinkle Studios, joint venture with Jay Ward Productions
- Harvey Entertainment (name-only unit)
- AwesomenessTV (51%) joint venture with Verizon Hearst Media Partners (Hearst and Verizon Communications)
- Awesomeness Films
- Big Frame
- Oriental DreamWorks (45%) joint venture with China Media Capital, Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Alliance Investment
- Focus Features
- Focus World
- Gramercy Pictures
- Working Title Films
- High Top Releasing
- Fandango Media (70%) joint venture with Warner Bros. Entertainment
- FandangoNow (formerly M-GO)
- Fandango Movieclips
- Rotten Tomatoes
- Universal Animation Studios
- Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- Universal 1440 Entertainment
- Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia (Australia and New Zealand, joint venture with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
- United International Pictures (co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom);
- Rede Telecine (joint venture with Globosat, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and 20th Century Fox)
- Universal Parks & Resorts
- NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan
- Universal Channel
In 2002 Comcast acquired AT&T Broadband making it the largest cable service provider in the U.S. – combine that with the NBCUniversal content megalith and the social/political power and impact becomes apparent.
Comcast’s Chairman, President, and CEO is Brian L. Roberts, the son of co-founder Ralph Roberts. Roberts owns or controls just over 1% of all Comcast shares but all of the Class B supervoting shares, which gives him an ‘undilutable 33% voting power over the company’. Legal expert Susan P. Crawford has said this gives him ‘effective control over [Comcast’s] every step’. Roberts is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and a former treasurer. He served as Chairman of NCTA from 1995 to 1996, when the landmark deregulatory 1996 Telecommunications Act became law. In 2014, he was one of the highest-paid executives in the United States, with total compensation of $26.4 million, and in 2015, his net worth was $1.7 billion.
The Roberts family is very active in their Jewish community – although Brian likes to keep his involvement very low key. According to the Jewish news and culture site Forward, Brian Roberts prefers to entrust Comcast’s ‘political activity’ to Executive Vice President David L. Cohen.
Cohen is notoriously known as ‘guru’ to former Pennsylvania governor, Ed Rendell. Rendell is a devout supporter of Israel, fundraising for the treacherous IDF, as well as lobbying for the Israeli linked Iranian terrorist organization, MEK.
Like Ed Rendell, Cohen is pro-Israel. He is the former vice chair of the Jewish Federations in Philadelphia, a pro-Israel organization. Cohen was said by a Philadelphia Jewish publication to be “genetically hard-wired” to serve that role:
He believes that there is historic precedent for Jews “rallying to Federation” during times of crisis. “Whenever Israel’s physical security is threatened, people turn to Federation to provide support,” he says, adding “we must ignite this same Jewish passion to meet local needs addressed by Federation and its partner agencies.”
In his post, Comcast Really Wants Me To Stop Calling Their Top Lobbyist A ‘Top Lobbyist’, Karl Bode noted:
Cohen played the starring role in selling regulators on Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal in 2011, crafting conditions it would later be discovered Comcast ignored at its leisure. Cohen’s secret weapon during that transaction was Internet Essentials, a program that promised low-income households $10, 5 Mbps broadband for a limited time should they jump through a laundry list of conditions. The program was frequently criticized for being intentionally hard to qualify for, though it provided an endless sea of PR opportunities to help portray Comcast as an agent of pure altruism.
Cohen also spearheads Comcast’s entirely-above board (and very common in telecom) practice of giving money to minority groups and organizations with the unwritten expectation that they parrot anti-consumer policy positions. These groups then sing the praises of Comcast’s latest merger or sell their constituents downriver on issues like net neutrality, helping to create an artificial sound wall of support for Comcast policies, which, as you may have noticed in your travels, often don’t benefit Comcast customers or the internet at large.
The March 2014 Forward article noted above also referenced Cohen’s not-so-altruistically-pure charity pay-off technique:
A close confidant of and former top aide to Rendell, Cohen is now in charge of Comcast’s greatest challenge — convincing regulators and Congress that the series of mergers and acquisitions does not make the Philadelphia company into a media monopoly. As described in a recent New York Times article, much of Comcast’s success in Washington has to do with Cohen’s policy of helping out communal and ethnic organizations and in return, gaining their support when needed on the Hill. In one such case, Comcast gave $180,000 to the Baltimore-based Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel. In 2010, the organization sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission supporting Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal.
One can only wonder if it was this kind of ‘giving’ that earned Cohen’s good buddy Brian Roberts the 2004 Humanitarian Award from the Zionist-extremist Jewish-supremacist, Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Comcast is the big-dog in the media ‘oligarchy’ – hence the prime of place in this post. But the ownership of the other five corporations in the above graphic all have something in common:
News Corp’s Chairman and CEO is Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is an avid Zionist and supporter of Israel – and not exactly for sentimental reasons. Murdoch is a board member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Genie Energy. One of Genie Energy’s assets is American Shale Oil Corporation. The company controls an 89% interest in Israel Energy Initiatives, Ltd. in Israel. The Israeli government has granted Genie Energy license for oil exploration in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – this is Syrian territory and it is illegal under international law for Israel to do so. Of course, Murdoch has used his political clout and media might in promoting the war on Syria. Clearly he has a vested interest in the war and the overthrow of the Assad government in Damascus in order to further Genie’s oil exploration efforts in occupied Syria.
Michael Dickinson at CounterPinch explains:
According to Amiram Barkat of Israeli business publication Globes, “The company (Genie) believes that its shale oil cracking technology can free the world from dependence on Arab oil and turn Israel into an energy powerhouse able to produce 300 billion barrels of non-conventional oil at a cost of up to $40 per barrel.”
Claude Pupkin, CEO of Genie Oil and Gas, commented, “Genie’s success will ultimately depend, in part, on access to the expertise of the oil and gas industry and to the financial markets. Lord Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch are extremely well regarded by and connected to leaders in these sectors. Their guidance and participation will prove invaluable.”
In 2003 Richard Curtiss at Washington Report elaborated on Rupert Murdoch’s love affair with Israel in a post entitled, Rupert Murdoch: Despite Affairs Worldwide, His Heart Stays With Israel. In 2011 Huffington Post writer, Dovid Efune, panicked at the thought of ‘Israel Without Rupert Murdoch’ as News Corps fell into a highly publicized scandal. Efune started his post with, ‘One would be hard pressed to find a non-Jew who has been honored by more Jewish organizations than Rupert Murdoch.’ Sounding as though News Corp is the only Zionist friendly media group, Efune cries, ‘Consider for a moment what would remain of media objectivity regarding Israel related matters with News Corporation’s assets weakened or sold off.’
The Walt Disney Company’s CEO is Bob Iger. He replaced Michael Esiner in 2005. Disney named Iger President of Walt Disney International in February 1999 – the business unit that oversees Disney’s international operations – as well as Chairman of the ABC Group. In October of 1999 Walt Disney World Resort opened the Millennium Village at Florida’s Epcot Center. Israel’s Foreign Ministry paid $1.8 million of the $8 million it cost to build the Israel exhibit. The exhibit focused on Jerusalem as its capital – the Foreign Ministry issued a statement that said ‘there is no doubt that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel’ and ‘the position of Jerusalem as the key component to the Israeli pavilion at Epcot speaks for itself without a clearer or stronger statement being necessary.’ On 24 September, previous to the opening of the exhibit, The Jewish Chronicle, a London Based Newspaper, reported, ‘If you go and see the show there won’t be any doubt in your mind that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.’ This created a fury in the Arab world as well as organizations and groups sympathetic to the plight of the millions of displaced and abused Palestinian people. The problem?
Jerusalem is an illegally occupied city according to international law. In particular: UN Resolution 242, which calls upon Israel to withdraw from the occupied territory. Resolution 237 rejects the annexation of Jerusalem and Resolution 405 further reaffirms that Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian territory.
Friends of Al Aqsa (the third holiest site in Islam located in the Old City of Jerusalem) called for a Disney boycott charging Disney of ‘promoting the illegal Zionist plans to inculcate into the minds of the world that Jerusalem is their capital.’ The group stated, ‘Under the circumstances we called upon all morally conscious individuals to not only boycott Disney products and goods but more importantly to write and inform Disney of your boycott.’
The Arab league considered calling for a boycott as well but backed out at the last minute. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs reported:
Arab League foreign ministers voted not to boycott Disney…there was word-of-mouth suspicion that the decision might have been influenced by the fact that one of Saudi Arabia’s richest entrepreneurs, Prince Walid Ibn Talal, owns almost a half-interest in the Euro Disney theme park just outside Paris.
J Weekly reported:
At the United Nations in New York, Abdel-Meguid said the Arab League had been reassured by letters from Disney Chairman Michael Eisner and Disney President Al Weiss.
“Consistent with our vision for Epcot, please note that the Israeli exhibit does not reference Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Abdel-Meguid quoted Eisner’s letter as saying. “We sincerely respect and appreciate your reasonable approach to this matter. As we have attempted to convey, it was never our intent to offer a political point of view. We are an entertainment company.”
It is estimated that nearly 200,000 Arabs visit Disney each year and the total Disney trade with the Middle East amounts to over $100 million per year.
The Arab American Institute also reported:
In a letter to the Arab League, Disney’s head wrote that the company “does not take political positions.” He further wrote that, “we have become keenly aware that we inadvertently find ourselves in the midst of a controversy surrounding one of the most sensitive issues in the Middle East peace process. We understand that Jerusalem is a sacred city, holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews…We also want to reassure you that we believe the ongoing pursuit of an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord is in everyone’s best interests. It has never been our intent to provoke or intentionally hurt any group of people and/or organization.”
It’s pretty hard to imagine Michael Eisner, born into an affluent Jewish family, not being aware of the message contained in the exhibit. Zionists went ballistic seeing the Disney response as having ‘caved’ to anti-Israel influences. Brad Pomerance at Jewish Journal referred to it as, Disney’s Dangerous Course. J Weekly posted an extremist article written by a Likud Knesset member named Limnor Livnat in which it is suggested that Jerusalem had no significance to the Palestinian people until the Zionists made claim to the old city – apparently this person was unaware of two centuries-old sites of key religious importance to not only the native Palestinians, but also to other people of faith around the world: the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians.
The year 2000 ended with a series of Disney movie flops.
In 2003, Roy E. Disney, the son of Disney co-founder Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney, resigned from his positions as Disney vice chairman and chairman of Walt Disney Feature Animation. He lamented that the Walt Disney Company turning into a ‘rapacious, soul-less’ conglomerate. He was, in fact, initiating a coup – Disney began his online ‘Save Disney’ campaign to oust Eisner and his associates who had assumed control of the management of the company. In 2004, with 43% of Disney shareholders voting against Eisner’s re-election to the board of directors the board stripped him of his chairmanship but left him as acting CEO. Eisner finally stepped down in 2005. Eisner was replaced by Bob Iger as CEO. In 2006, Iger successfully negotiated the acquisition of Pixar with Apple’s Steve Jobs – as a result of the deal, Jobs became Disney’s top shareholder. A month after Jobs death in 2011, Iger was given a seat on Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. It seems that Roy E. Disney realized that the company needed drastic change in order to recover from the Disney decline post-exhibition. One of Roy E. Disney’s major criticisms of Eisner’s leadership was that Eisner had been neglecting the studio’s animation division. With Iger at the helm all of that quickly changed – the Pixar acquisition made Disney a very happy man. He signed back on to the company. The Disney Company could get out of politics and go back to what it does the best: creating predictive behavior programming aimed at children and designed to forward the globalist agenda which seeks to destroy traditional familial and social relationships and strengthen government power.
In 1988 Roy E. Disney, under advisement of his longtime, newly-born-Zionist, friend Stanley P. Gold, began ‘activities in Israel with three modest investments’ through Disney’s investment firm, Shamrock Holdings. Today Shamrock Israel Growth Fund Advisors Ltd. (Shamrock Israel) participates in a wide-range of ‘activities’ – reports suggest that Shamrock has invested some $400 million in Israeli companies, about a fifth of its capital. In 2012, HAARETZ online reported:
Abigail Disney, a descendant of one of the Disney Company founders, said Monday that she is renouncing her share of the family’s profits in the Israeli cosmetics company Ahava, saying it is engaged in the “exploitation of occupied natural resources.”
Disney said she will donate the profits and a sum equal to the worth of her shares to “organizations working to end this illegal exploitation.”
Among [Shamrock’s] holdings is an investment worth at least $12 million in Ahava, which is based in Kibbutz Mitzpe Shalem on the Dead Sea shores, outside Israel’s pre-1967 borders.
After informing her family and partners in the firm of her decision, Disney released the following statement:
“Recent evidence from the Israeli Civil Administration documents that Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories sources mud used in its products from the Occupied shores of the Dead Sea, which is in direct contravention to provisions in the Hague Regulations and the Geneva Convention forbidding the exploitation of occupied natural resources”.
“While I will always hold my colleagues and coworkers in the highest regard, I cannot in good conscience profit from what is technically the ‘plunder’ or ‘pillage’ of occupied natural resources and the company’s situating its factory in an Israeli settlement in the Occupied West Bank,” Disney said.
“Because of complicated legal and financial constraints I am unable to withdraw my investment at this time, but will donate the corpus of the investment as well as the profits accrued to me during the term of my involvement to organizations working to end this illegal exploitation.”
Shamrock also has a stake in the Teva Naot footwear company, which is located in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of Jerusalem, and in the Orad company, which makes, among other things, control and monitoring technology for the separation barrier running through the West Bank.
According to the American group Stolen Beauty, which has called to boycott Ahava products, this profile of Disney conflicts with her previous involvement with investments Shamrock made in those areas captured by Israel in 1967. The group says its staffers were the ones who presented Disney with the findings regarding Israel’s use of natural resources on the West Bank.
Seems Abigail Disney carried the ball in this episode of damage control.
As the reader can see, there is no shortage of Zionist intrigue involved within the media ‘oligarchy’ – and only three of the six corporations mentioned in the graphic at the top have been covered. You can be certain that much much more of the same will be discovered when discussing Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS as well.
So, let’s call it what it is: Paul Craig Roberts’ media ‘oligarchy’ can more accurately, and less mysteriously, be referred to as the ‘Zionist controlled media’. Truth be told.