(Before i get started, this may have been covered, and im sure it has, but regardless this is the truth and il repost for there is a chance another
will be made aware of this issue)
The biggest problem in America today is not the war, the presidential scandals, or anything directly political. It is in fact the Media Corps. And the
effect they are having on EVERYTHING
For starters, this really all got started in 1996 when the telecomm bill was passed to "reform" the telecomm laws for the info age. Now this did
successfully do so, what slipped through the publics knowledge was the digital spectrum. Basically the digital spectrum is how HDTV is broadcasted
etc. and up to this point it was rented by the corps for use. Not to mention not all of it was being used. The new bill now wanted to lend it to them
for next to nothing. How would you feel if someone took 70 billion dollars from you for nothing...well how does it feel now because it has happened to
each and every American. Now i will admit im no expert with what exactly the spectrum is in a scientific manner but regardless it effects alot,
including cable prices, the types of programs being broadcasted etc.
now this section of the act did not go unnoticed, bob dole and john McCain tried to have it taken out of the bill, but without overwhelming support
they agreed to pass it only if the spectrum was possibly "auctioned" off. When the time arose to pass a bill for the auction, the media
conglomerates, who had the money, began airing commercials claiming that if the bill was passed your "favorite" programs would possibly be lost and
the corps would lose money and go out of biss. most of this is bull crap, being they are a multi billion dollar corp w/o the digital spectrum and all
they were doing was getting more air waves to broadcast on.
ultimately the auction was dismissed and the corps use the spectrum freely still today.
to read more about the ACT and its negative effects check out this site: www.fiu.edu...
now in order to understand exactly how the bill caused a much larger issue we have to look at the corps who are effected by it. With this bill passed
most corps were making lotsa cash and order to buy in to other media companies who in turn were willingly selling b/c I mean hell there stock holders
were cashing in big time so why the hell not? And the independent stations were either being closed by the FCC(which the Act assited them in doing so)
or being bought aswell.
To understand the huge problem this caused lets look at GE. GE owns NBC who in turn owns lotsa of local stations and some other national
stations(including newspapers/radio stations/publishing companies etc). what is wrong with this is that If GE messes up something NBC and any stations
under them will not report it. Now im sure you are asking “what about CNN and other news stations??” well they also happened to be owned by
“tier 1” corps. Tier 1 corps mean they are the end of the line as in there is no corp above them. There are about 10 major Tier 1 corps today. Now
the tier 1 corps happen to have almost an unwritten rule, basically its treat others as you would like to be treated. So why would they want to report
GE’s mistake, for its just as possible for them to mess up. Now im sure your thinking “isn’t that a conspiracy” well not really because the
tier 2 corps are directly owned by the tier 1 corp above them, how ever there are many tier 3 corps that are owned by multiple tier 2 corps which are
owned by different tier 1 corps.
An example of this is “The WB” 17% of it is owned by AT&T, a tier 1, while 50% is owned by Time warner, a tier 1, the other percent is owned by
the WB and a company called “Tribune CO.”
A list of this interesting spider web, and the “big 10” corps that own it all can be found at www.thenation.com...
Now sure I bet your still wondering why this is such a huge problem. Well look at GE’s profit…$129.9 Billion dollars…they can afford to do
anything they want really. And lots of this money is invested in gov’t. they can afford to lobby anything they need to be lobbied. And what is worse
is the fact that they can choose who gets covered on the news. And nowadays if you want to win an election you must be shown on TV. The politicians
are on their knees because of these giants. All the corporate lobbyist have to do is say “hey vote this way, or sacrifice coverage of your next
election” and what’s pathetic is its not even illegal b/c they don’t even have to directly say that, its just understood. Look at the 1996 act,
they mislead millions of people to believe contrary to the truth w/o even lying and they won…all because they have the money and they control what
we hear and see on the Media, which is prolly how 95% of America gets its information.
And now I bet your thinking “OMG that’s soo illegal there are soo many laws set up for elections that they cant possibly have that much say” but
there is a huge gapping loop hole in the media part of election laws. As long as they don’t directly say “vote for so and so” it is legal. They
could have a minute long commercial about how bush was a coke head and drank him self to stupor, but as long as they don’t say “vote for Kerry”
its legal, and its unregulated b/c the supreme court ruled that if they capped out the amount a “political action committee” could spend on their
viewpoint…which btw is how these corps protect there image, it would be a violation of free speech. And what is worse is their lawyers can extend
the truth essentially to the point where its not a lie but not truth and make who ever look absolutely awful. And even if they do flat out lie you
cannot really report it till after the election and even then its at the most a million dollar fine which REALLY puts a huge hole in 129.9 billion
dollars of revenue.
This is a huge problem America and unless we act now, it’s going to become a Censored America ruled by a few corps.
also there is a film out there called something like “free speech for sale” which im not soo sure is actually accurate b/c it was produced by the
same people essentially but b/c it is from the public broadcasting station it cant really be stopped…but id like to say how many have you heard
about it? Exactly.