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TIME TO END THE WORLD’S MEDIA MONOPOLY

Howell Woltz

Howell Woltz is an American author living in Warsaw, Poland, whose work focuses on America's system of justice and the negative effects of Progressivism on free nations and their people.

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In 1983, I read the first edition of The Media Monopoly by famous Washington Post journalist Ben Bagdikan. In it, he warned of the dire consequences of having just 50 media corporations controlling the content of public information and news in America.

A highly consolidated press was of course, more easily controlled by government—or by those who control those who govern—and as a result of this consolidation, I believe, the United States fell from Number 1 in freedom of the press, to 29th place under Republican President, George Walker Bush, according to Reporters Without Borders, then sky-dived to 49th place under the presidency of Soros-funded progressive, Barack Hussein Obama.



During those same years, America also plummeted from Number 1 in freedom under its own Freedom House Index, to 43rd place behind many nations which Americans once called tyrannical and fascist.

Fast forward 35 years from Bagdikian’s warning to 2018, and now over 80% of the world’s information is controlled by just five corporations—Time Warner, The Disney Company, Viacom, News Corporation (Australia), and Bertelsmann (Germany).

 


Add CBS and General Electric into the mix, and media watchdog groups such as The Waking Times project that 90% of all American media is controlled by just six corporate giants.

More dangerous for our world, however, is the fact that the five companies controlling the majority of global news are so intertwined that they act more as a conglomerate than independent corporations.

They share cable systems, satellite channels, and even recording companies with a total of 141 joint ventures.  These are business partners, not competitors. 

It only stands to reason that this number was intentionally reduced down to just six in order to eliminate diverse opinions and more easily control content— as well as who is heard (and who is not).  

Why else would Jeff Bezos, the richest man in America, want to buy the money-losing Washington Post to add to his Amazon empire?  Because that money-losing newspaper whispers into every ear of power every morning of the year, in the capital of America, each day.


Geoff Bezos: Saves Big on Haircuts, Spends Big on Newspapers. 

 

Since Bezos bought this money-pit, revenues have dropped from $580 million to approximately $350 million and a former Post executive has confirmed that Bezos demanded operating cost reductions of 50% over the next three years.

It doesn’t cost as much to tell people what to think, as it does to report what happened.

And speaking of what happened, where were the world’s regulators who were intended to prevent such consolidations? Are they also so controlled by the Progressive ideology of Elitism that they will no longer do their jobs? 

How have they allowed just five mega corporations to rule the globe, and what happened to the leaders of these nations? Are they also so compromised by billions of dollars from Progressives like George Soros and Jeff Bezos’ that they told their Competition Czars to just keep mum and let it happen?

 


This is a very likely scenario, given the fact that George Soros has pledged $18 billion—yes, $18 billion—to groups working to bring down President Trump, so how much is he spending to get pliable leaders in smaller nations into positions of power?

In what world, other than the Progressive one, can any of this be considered good, especially in the matter of giving control of the world’s information, which is arguably, the most important of all to free people to a handful of Elites?  I think the question answers itself.  

In America, the media giants such as CBS, MSNBC, CNN, ABC (with the possible exception of Australian-owned Fox News) seem to get the same sheet of opinions and talking points each day, as they all say exactly the same thing.

It is rarely the ‘news’ that is heard, it is Progressive talking points handed down to the masses about what they must think about the news—in terms that indicate a disdain for any other opinion as uninformed or just plain stupid. 



Fox News breaks ranks - sometimes.

 

Bagdikian was a journalist himself at the now Amazon-owned Washington Post and his warning came as he witnessed the devouring and absorption of thousands of such independent information outlets into the bellies of this small handful of corporate beasts, which had no interest in the locals they served, but bought up every printing press they could, whether for books, magazines or news, as well as the media distributors and film studios to control which books and stories were allowed access to market. 

It is difficult to understand why they would do this, other than in the context of a desire to control public thought—as many of the companies purchased were losing serious money.

And the fact that this intertwined monolith does not just control the ‘news’ but almost all means of promoting any idea or concept to the public, via books, newspapers, magazines; as well as radio, television, movies and cable, makes it truly disturbing.



As a survivor of the Armenian genocide in his native Turkey, Bagdikian wrote that democracy—and ultimately, freedom itself—depended on an informed public exchange of ideas, unfettered and unrestrained by ideological suppression or monopolistic interests.

Cause for further alarm than just Bagdikian’s worry about the single-digit number of corporations controlling the world's news content, however, is the fact that just 15 of the world’s wealthiest men and women—and all but one of them is a publicly self-proclaimed ‘progressive’—control this consolidated monopoly of information, which takes it from ‘disturbing’ to frightening—and acts to confirm that it was no accident.


Bloomberg

Adelson

Zuckerman

Buffett

And even worse, these extraordinarily wealthy Elites from around the globe not only share ideology, they share management.

A study published by Columbia Journalism Review, as cited in Bagdikian’s final printing (2016), revealed that News Corporation, Disney, Time Warner, and Viacom have 45 interlocking directors—forty-five—meaning in essence, that the same people oversee the management of the four U.S. branches of the world’s media monopoly, as well as that of the planet.

Convinced that conservative forces were behind this takeover of the world’s information sources back in 1983, Bagdikian called, unsuccessfully, for the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce the monopoly laws against these giants until the day he died.

No administration from that of conservative Ronald Reagan to liberal Barack Obama had the courage (or nihilistic tendencies) to take on the media monopoly and break it up, though it was clearly even then in violation of existing ant-trust and competition laws of mostnations claiming to have a free or independent press.

Perhaps now we have some champions, including President Donald Trump, coming on the world’s stage with the courage to do something about it, but they will need Regulators that will follow the law rather than the billionaires funding its destruction.



WE ARE NOW IN THE END GAME

In summary, information sources have been intentionally consolidated by a small group of extremely wealthy individuals with a view towards hegemony and control of content rather than competition, as evidenced by their shared management and resources. 

You are not asked to sit on your competition’s board of directors or know his or her inside operations if you are truly a competitor, and you certainly do not share resources.



Clearly, the plan was to end competition, not just increase market share. Bagdikian’s warnings were prescient.  It was Orwell writ large, on an unimaginable scale.  It was Sir Cecil Rhodes’ plan of benevolent Elites ruling the world in its endgame.



Today, this globalist media cartel ultimately decides who is heard—and more importantly—who is not heard, in almost every nation around our planet. 

Should any entrant successfully run the gauntlet and become a meaningful bit player—such as Ted Turner did in his day, or more recently, Arianna Huffington—he, she (or it) will be quickly snapped up by the media monolith—and until President Trump waded into the mix a few weeks ago, holding up AT&T’s merger with Time-Warner, the consolidation game has gone unhindered for two generations.

While the progressive politicians and their mainstream media puppets foam at the mouth over Trump’s actions, he is quietly doing the right thing for our world.



So welcome to the new world, which is becoming more and more like the old one.  A handful of magnates, potentates and Elites controlling the minds and actions of the serfs and masses—which was their stated plan.

 

THE ANSWER

Western nations need to enforce existing laws. There is no need for study groups in Congresses and Parliaments, and certainly no need to bring in progressive fronts such as the United Nations who will only act to delay real action.

There is no need for committees, hearings, or anything that might allow a moment of delay. Anti-trust and monopoly statutes date back to 1890 in the United States (The Sherman Anti-trust Act) and exist in most free nations as “competition laws,” so governments already have the tools they need—they’re just rusty.

The Attorney General of the United States and his or her law enforcement equivalents around the world should immediately move to break up these giants by eliminating ownership of multiple means of communication by any one company or individual in any single market or across the spectrum of publishing, radio, film and visual.

 

A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY?

There is one man alive today who is more reviled by the media monopoly than any other person in its history.  This man’s name is Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, which tells me that he must be doing something right.

The fact that Mr. Trump became President of the United States in spite of the global cabal’s maneuverings against him, indicates that a brief window of opportunity may exist to end this small Elite group’s domination of the world’s sources of information.



I make the statement that President Trump is the most reviled person in media monopoly history boldly, because of the sad history of Bertelsmann, the European branch of the media monopoly, who willingly served Adolf Hitler’s regime. The company printed 19 million books under Adolf Hitler’s horrifying rule and thrived through large contracts to print anti-Semitic literature for his Nazi Propaganda Ministry.



Bertelsmann’s history would further suggest that the ‘progressive’ fathers of today’s media monopoly may have had some measure of participation in putting Hitler in power (at best) and willingly helped (at worst).

Even if Bertelsmann was not instrumental in bringing Hitler to power, the company cannot dispute it made money off his cruel regime until it was ripped out by the Allies.

Whether one hates President Donald Trump or loves him is irrelevant. He is the only American leader in a century who has nothing to lose by ordering his Attorney General to bring the media monopoly back to rule of law.

In doing so, he might also reintroduce the idea of compétition, previously required of all businesses operating within the law, and hopefully, start breaking up the Amazons, Googles, and so on, as well.

Some nations in Europe, such as Poland, Hungary, and The Czech Republic, are electing parties and leaders unwilling to be forced into hegemony, and as Brexit, Scotland, Catalonia and other independence seeking nations and regions are proving, the game may be changing quickly.

Rumblings of independence and free thought are also advancing in Austria, Italy, Sweden, and even in Germany, so there is reason to be hopeful.

President Trump and his allies must press their respective Departments of Justice to break up this handful of market monopolists; just as telephone monopoly, AT&T, was broken up by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1982.

Using today’s example, rather than allowing Time Warner to merge with AT&T as was recently proposed, the media conglomerate should be dissembled into regional corporations and further divided so as not to have cross-media control in any single market.

If any megacorp is allowed to completely control who and what is published or seen in every outlet of a single market—what books are published and distributed, which journalists can print, and which stories are made into movies—then that company, in essence, is the equivalent of a propaganda machine which was, in my opinion, their goal.

How about The Disney Company? What do we do with Mickey Mouse’s propaganda machine?  Well—lots of little mice could not control the minds of young people like the giant mouse tries to do today, and so on.  Bust them all up and never let them coagulate again.

A typical American family in a typical Disney sitcom.

 

Our nation and the world could then get back to local news and local sources, reported by people who actually live in these areas and care about what happens there.  Real reporting would quickly be revived across a realm of regions and venues.

Most importantly, that news would emanate from a wide variety of viewpoints rather than just one shrill voice—a voice that is ultimately controlled by 15 of the richest men and women in the world, sending the same dangerous message of ‘progressivism,’— the greatest misnomer in history.  It took mankind millennia to rise up and free themselves from Elites and tyrants.  Going back to serfdom under a class of Elites—the stated goal of Progressivism’s founders—is about as regressive as it gets. 

It would be an ironic justice if President Donald Trump’s legacy was bringing down the monopolistic forces which tried so desperately to destroy him, would it not?

If he could now develop allies around the world who will follow his lead, dispense with their fear of the progressives and their press, and liberate free thought once more from the inevitable restraint inherent in monopolies anywhere—a better, freer world is sure to emerge on the other side.

Howell W. Woltz

May 23, 2018

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Howell Woltz is an American author living in Warsaw, Poland.  His work focuses on America’s system of justice--which has now imprisoned more people than any in human history-- and the negative effects of Progressivism on free nations and people.  His international bestseller, Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America (2017), is presently being used by members of the Trump Administration as a guide for reform at the national level, while Howell's latest book--Gu?ag Ameryka (2018), recently published in Europe-- is informing the world about the American Gulag, which is now larger than the Soviet Union’s ever became, and is reminiscent of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s work in the 1970s.

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Belgium - Asylum Seeker Raped Disabled Belgian Woman for Three Days Hoping For "Anchor Baby" - A 30 year old asylum seeker in Belgium has been sentenced to 4 years imprisonment after he raped a mentally disabled woman hoping to get her pregnant so he could use the child as an excuse to remain in the country...The migrant named Karim met with the 19 year old in November 2014 in the city of Liege and held her for 3 days at a squat where he was living, raping her repeatedly. The mother of the girl, who despite being 19 is said to have a mental capacity of a seven or eight year old child, told the court that 30 year old Karim wanted to get the girl pregnant as he had previously been deported from the country and banned from living there for six years.

The former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer appeared in Central Local Court on Thursday morning after he was convicted in April of 77 counts of electoral fraud is now claiming he has bi-polar, ha ha ha. I think this boy has cried wolf too often. Lock the dirty shit Muslim up and toss the key away.

You dont talk about human rights on day one when you draw the Kim into the open for the first time as some idiot host and guest suggested on that GayBC Drum thing, which is what all the MSM are bleating about. You don't do that on day one, embarrass him and send him back into his shell for good. Idiots!

Pickering Post readers are advised that Sailor, Chopper and the Pelican will be released from Mossad's secret location at Bondi Junction at 10am tomorrow. Each of the zombie Israeli agents was fitted with an automatic posting device which allows their Mossad controllers to direct each zombie to post pre-determined rot, crap, lunacy, insanity, drivel and twaddle when the device is triggered. No post appearing on this site will ever again be the direct thoughts of Sailor, Chopper or the Pelican.

Thank the American people. Thank Providence. Thank God for President Donald J Trump.

He and his Administration are steadily, determinedly, inexorably reversing and repairing the near catastrophic damage done by decades of corrupt and incompetent leadership and mismanagement, and under Obamuhammad, the treacherous efforts to bring the United States and Western civilisation to its knees.

Whatever your race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, skin colour, your avatar on PP (especially you Billy B), your whatever, let us all be thankful. And go to Hell Hollywood.

This Is What The North Korean People REALLY Think Of YOU
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__PJO9Xid50

NK......They said he could never do it,But He did, and True Americans will see that as well.....A Man who believes and delivers.....If only Australia had something any where Near that ball park....

Thanks JCM, but that is beyond the pale.

'Our country is not Libya or Iraq': N. Korea may reconsider Trump-Kim summit if guaranteed safety
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Pyongyang is not interested in any negotiations that envisage only unilateral denuclearization without guarantees North Korea won’t be left totally defenseless like Libya in case of aggression, deputy foreign minister has said.
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Criticizing Washington’s demands for unilateral concessions and unconditional “nuclear abandonment,” North Korea’s first vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye-gwan recalled the eventual fate of Libya and said such negotiations style is unacceptable for Pyongyang.
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“This is not an attempt to solve the problem through dialogue but rather the manifestation ...to force the destiny of the collapsed Libya and Iraq to our dignified state,” Kim said, according to KCNA.
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The US invaded Iraq in 2003, claiming Baghdad possessed weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons were ever found. That same year, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi offered to shut down the country's nuclear weapons research. Libyan nuclear materials were transferred to the US. In 2011, however, the US and its NATO allies backed an armed rebellion that overthrew and killed Gaddafi and plunged Libya into chaos.
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Coups R US: RT documentary looks at US ‘humanitarian’ interventions & regime changes
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“I doubt whether the United States really wants sound dialogue and negotiation,” Kim added, again noting that “the world is so well aware that our country is not Libya or Iraq.”
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The US invaded Iraq in 2003, claiming Baghdad possessed weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons were ever found. That same year, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi offered to shut down the country's nuclear weapons research. Libyan nuclear materials were transferred to the US. In 2011, however, the US and its NATO allies backed an armed rebellion that overthrew and killed Gaddafi and plunged Libya into chaos.
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Coups R US: RT documentary looks at US ‘humanitarian’ interventions & regime changes
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“I doubt whether the United States really wants sound dialogue and negotiation,” Kim added, again noting that “the world is so well aware that our country is not Libya or Iraq.”
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Read on -
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https://www.rt.com/news/426847-pyongyang-reconsider-kim-trump/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Email

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5836021/Students-parents-demand-rule-change-trans-teen-wins-girls-state-championship.html

Despite what the 'New York Times', CNN, and other lefties have to say about the Kim-Trump meeting, I think Trump has made the right move. Change in North Korea will come slowly and will be driven by the Korean people in the North and the South. Trump realises that and after a bit of bombast worked in bringing NK to the negotiating table, a slow, measured diplomacy is now needed. Previous post-WW2 presidents have tried to force the US version of democracy on a succession of countries, with disastrous results. I think that Trump, the smart businessman and non-politician, realises that to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is insanity. Anyway, just my opinion.

Are the Trump haters sick of losing yet??

We still do it in Australia right now, we just call them by another name..........

Apparently a tourism ad by Rockhampton Council has been pulled after criticism from the usual suspects for failing to mention indigenous people. I think the purpose of the ad may have been to attract visitors, not turn them away.

Is that a new Post???

Sums in up perfectly dusty, but most will never wish removal of their tattoos.

Tasmania's abortion services to rest on vote of rogue Speaker

https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_5796735621001

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Apt article in light of the Time Warner / AT&T deal. Judge’s interpretation stinks and hope they fight it to the Supreme Court - even though judge ‘warned them’ not to seek a stay or do so. Now that a fascist comment. From DoJ “We are disappointed that the court missed an opportunity to rein in the First Amendment-crushing mass media consolidation trend, which puts too much media power in the hands of too few,” Manning said in a statement. “We strongly urge the Justice Department to appeal this decision all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. The immediate fallout of this decision is likely to be an attempt by Comcast to outbid Disney for the media content owned by Fox.”

Here in Australia, Bishops Response to the Trump V Kim meeting.. The look on Bishops face said it all.....She looked like a bulldog that had just licked cats piss off a Stinging Nettle......Trumble and her, Hate President Trump like all the other UN Trough wannabee's......They were ALL in with Hillary...They only stopped sending funds to Hillary when it was Obvious Trump was IN and was going to Hold his job.How else can they explain this little Taxpayer funded Tip..... The federal government confirmed to news.com.au it has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.. http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/australia-ceases-multimilliondollar-donations-to-controversial-clinton-family-charities/news-story/219577919ed8dfbd79cf808321234eba