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Bias and (Mis)Representation in the Media

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posted on Feb, 28 2005 @ 08:18 PM
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Ever wonder why some news just doesn't get covered? Or why stories are skewed in a particular way? Basically, it's because our corporate rulers own the media - to them, the "news" is a "marketing opportunity."

This list shows who's represented on what media corporation's Board of Directors. It's from 2001, so it's out of date - a number of mergers have taken place since then. But it's a good place to start and does describe the landscape.

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Whose interests does media represent?

Interlocking Media Directorates

Media corporations share members of the board of directors with a variety of other large corporations, including hallmark GSK stalwarts - banks, investment companies, oil companies, health care and pharmaceutical companies and technology companies. The combined representation re-enforces the GSK's singular catchall doctrine-The Laws of Economics and/or the Business Cycle. Take some time to compare/contrast the various directorates and get familiar with individual board members and their GSK inspired resumes.

Board interlocks for June 2001:

Disney/ABC
General Electric/NBC
Viacom/CBS
AOL Time Warner
News Corporation (Fox was just sold to ABC)
New York Times Co.
Washington Post Co.
Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal
Tribune Co.
Knight-Ridder
Gannett

Boards of Directors
Interlocking Directorates

Disney/ABC
Boeing
Casella Waste Systems
CB Richard Ellis Services
City National Bank
Columbia/HCA Healthcare
Doubleclick
Edison International
FedEx
Jenny Craig
LM Institutional Fund Advisors I
Lozano Communications
Northwest Airlines
On Command Corp.
Pacific American Income Shares
Shamrock Holdings
Sotheby's N. America
Staples
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Sun Microsystems
SunAmerica
Trefoil Investors
UNUM Provident
Verdon-Cedric Productions
Xerox


General Electric/NBC
Alcatel
Anheuser-Busch
Ann Taylor
Avon
Banco Nacional de Mexico
Cambridge Technology Partners
Catalyst
Champion International
Chase Manhattan
Choice-Point
Chubb Corporation
Coca-Cola
Community Health Systems
Dell Computer
Delphi Automotive
Fiat
Home Depot
Honeywell
Illinois Tool Works
International Speedy
Internet Security Systems
Invemed
Morgan Chase & Co.
Kellogg
Kimberly-Clark
Knight-Ridder
Microtune
Morgan Gauranty Trust
National Service Industries
New York Stock Exchange
Oglivy & Mather
Penske
Planet Hollywood
Scientific Atlanta
State Street Bank and Trust
Sun Microsystems
Texaco
TIAA-CREF
Total Systems Services
TRICON Global Restaurants
Unifi
Unilever
WinStar


Viacom/CBS
Akamai Technologies
Amazon.com
American Express
American Home Products Corp
Atlas Air
Avnet
Bank One
Bear Sterns Companies
Boston Properties
Cardinal Health
Care Capital
Chase Manhattan
CineBridge Ventures
Credit Suisse First Boston Corp.
CVS
Daimler Chrysler
Dell
DND Capital Partners
Downeast Food Distributors
Electronic Data Systems
Ezgov.com
Genuity
Honeywell
Morgan Chase & Co.
Lafarge Corp
Louisiana Marine Transport
Maersk Group
MBIA
MovieTickets.com
New York Stock Exchange
Orion Safety Products
PartnerRe
Pfizer
Polaris Venture Capital
Prudential Insurance
Rockwell International Corp
Sonesta
Ventro
Verizon
Visteon


AOL/Time Warner
Allstate
American Express
American International
AMR
Barksdale Group
Catellus Development
Chevron
Citigroup
Colgate-Palmolive
Community Health Systems
Dell Computers
Eagle River
Exult
Fannie Mae
FedEx
Forstmann Little & Co.
Hills & Co.
Hilton Hotels
Interpublic Group
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Lucent
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
New York Stock Exchange
Nextel Communications
Oakwood Homes Corp
Park Place Entertainment
Pearson plc
PepsiCo
Pfizer
Pharmacyclics
Sears
Sun Microsystems
TCW
Webvan
Westfield America Corp
XO Communications
ZG Ventures



News Corporation (FOX)

Allen & Company
Bayou Steel Corp
Beijing PDN Xiren Info. Tech. Co.
British Airways
Championship Auto Racing Teams
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Compaq
Gateway
John Swire and Son Pty.
Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
New York Stock Exchange
One.Tel
Phillip Morris
PMP Communications
RM William Holdings
Rothschild Investment
Sanoma of Finnland
Six Flags
Valence Technology
Western Multiplex Corp
Worldcom


New York Times Co.

360 Degree Communication
Alcoa
Avon
Bristol-Meyers Squibb
Campbell Soup
Carlyle Group
Chase Manhattan
Cummins Engine Corp
Ford
Grace & Co.
Hallmark Cards
Hanson PLC
Johnson & Johnson
Knoll
Lehman Bros.
Lucas Digital
LucasArts
Lucent Technologies
Metropolitan Life
PepsiCo
Principal Financial Group
Schering-Plough
Sears
Springs Industries
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
State Street Research and Management
Texaco
US Industries
Warburg, Pincus & Co.
Zurich Insurance


Washington Post Co.
Allen & Company
Ashland Oil
Berkshire Hathaway
Coca-Cola
Darden Restaurants
Gilette
Heinz
Lexmark
McDonalds
Polaroid
Ticketmaster
Union Pacific
USA Networks
White Mountain Holdings
Yankee Nets


Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal
12 Entreprenuering
Airclic
American Express
AOL Latin America
Bancroft Operations
Bank of East Asia
Bankers Trust Company
Callaway Golf
Campbell Soup
Clear Channel
Ford
Hallmark Cards
Hartford Financial Services Group
ITT Corp.
Penney
Lazard Freres
Met Life
Minerals Technology
Pfizer
Rayonier
Revlon
Ryder System
Sara Lee
Shell Oil
Sprint
Texaco
Union Carbide
UtiliCorp United
Xerox



Tribune Co.
American National Can Group
Aon
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
CINergy
Corning
Dean Foods
Deere & Co.
Diamond Technology partners
First Chicago NBD
First Third Bancorp
Inter-Con Security Systems
Maynard Partners Incorporated
McDonalds
Nordstrom
Schlumberger Information Solutions
Schwarz Worldwide
Sears
Skyline Corp.
Smurfit-Stone Container
Taft Broadcasting
Union Central Life Insurance
United Airlines
Washington Mutual
Western Telecommunications


Gannett
Aloha Airgroup
American Express
Armstrong World Industries
Capital Investment of Hawaii
Carlisle
Continental Airlines
Cummins Engine Co.
Dayton Hudson Corp.
Eastman Chemical Corp.
FLP (Florida Power and Light)
Frontier Corp
Goldman Sachs
IBM
Kaufman and Broad Home Corp.
Millennium Bank
Pacific Century Financial Corp.
Penny Whistle Toys
Prudential Mutual Funds
Textron
TIAA-CREF
Union Pacific
United Health Group
Waste Management


Knight-Ridder
A&P
AP
BankAmerica
Barclays
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Florida
Cambridge Technology
Champion International
Chubb Corporation
Commercial Metals Company
Conrail
CVS
Digital Equipment Corp
Economic Studies
Eli Lilly
Fannie Mae
General Electric
Goldman Sachs
IKON
Ionics Corp.
John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Kimberly-Clark
MAS Funds
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Phillips Petroleum
Providian Financial
Raytheon
Reliance Group Holdings
Seattle Times
State Street Bank and Trust
Sun Company
Sun MicroSystems
Tandy Corp
Tricon Global Restaurants
Union Carbide
Vanguard Group
WinStar Communications


..Board members, bios, more at link above.

Also see:

Who Owns What?


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[edit on 28-2-2005 by soficrow]

[edit on 28-2-2005 by soficrow]




posted on Feb, 28 2005 @ 09:22 PM
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Sofi that is why we need to keep the INTERNET away from the government hold and control.


I am going tomorrow to get my cable bill adjusted because I am paying almost 90 dollars a month and is not a darn thing to watch or make it worth the money, and I don't even had my internet included that goes with my phone bill.


[edit on 28-2-2005 by marg6043]



posted on Feb, 28 2005 @ 09:25 PM
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BTW marg - did you notice that Carlyle has a seat on the New York Times Board?

Whoda thunk it?


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posted on Feb, 28 2005 @ 09:28 PM
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Carlyle in the New York times? well that is something I would never imagine, I though Carlyle was and investment firm, but I guess their members can own stocks from anything they can afford with their wealth.



posted on Feb, 28 2005 @ 09:44 PM
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This (linked below) may prove useful to your topic thread, soficrow?
Who Owns the American Mass Media 1/16/2005




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posted on Feb, 28 2005 @ 09:57 PM
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Thanks seekerof. Sometimes the search function here baffles me. Then again, didn't search "mass" media - just Board, directorates etc.



posted on Feb, 28 2005 @ 10:19 PM
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If a certain point of view garners ratings, so be it. I try to take a little from all points of view and come to my own conclusions.

The really exciting thing is, we are right now on a new medium that allows alternative points of view and allows us to question authority and deny ignorance in a way never before possible in human history.

If you have a problem with the corporate MSM, (I do!) there's always someone on the internet to bust the myth-makers and engineers of consenses.



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