Society & Politics Columnist
Have you ever wondered who it was that gave you the daily dose of your news? Well consider this, there are six companies: General Electric, Walt Disney, News Corp, TimeWarner, Viacom and CBS. These six companies control the entertainment industry from television, publishing companies, internet content, magazines, newspapers, radio, production companies and the list goes on. Yes that is six companies, that means six people decide what you watch, when you watch it, how you watch and in what way they are going to spin it to you. These six companies have made millions and billions of dollars a year. This is why I always refer to the media as the corporate owned media. All this information is posted on www.freepress.net.
What happened to freedom of the press, our wonderful first amendment right? It seems to me that it has been hijacked by the corporate elitists. With six companies literally controlling the media it is no wonder that Hillary Clinton made the statement that we are losing the information battle. While the protesting has been going on the middle east, our wonderful corporate owned media has been reporting about Charlie Sheen and other non sense. It is no wonder that more Americans are turning to alternative news sites and television programming such as Al Jazeera. If people really knew about what was going on we would have Americans out protesting by the millions, storming into every government building and demanding the impeachment of all three legislative bodies.
Republicans in congress have been trying to defund neutral public radio such as NPR and PBS, because they still practice real journalism and also because unlike the other news outlets NPR and PBS do not give political campaign donations. These companies to some extent are giving Americans accurate news without taking a liberal or conservative stance. They also take charge in investigative journalism since none of the other outlets do. I have given up on television and news. Before TimeWarner purchased Huffingtonpost, Huffingtonpost was my primary news provider. Now, I do a daily check of Canadian news, Al Jazeera, Russian Times, blogs and news outlets outside the U.S. to get an accurate depiction of what is really going on.
These six corporations pick and choose what to report, spin news stories to incite fear, and give snippets of the truth so they can spin it in a way that does not benefit the majority. For this reason I do not watch a lot of television, they know how to get into your head and spread not only lies, but fear. Fear is very powerful, it can cripple a nation from thinking and persuade the public to vote a certain way, act a certain way or rush into things that are not supposed to be rushed, such as going to war with Iraq and Afghanistan. The media is very powerful and for you to doubt its power would be foolish. How do you think Hitler took over Germany? Through propaganda, how is propaganda spread? Through the media.
With the recent fraud that has been exposed not only in the mortgage industry but the financial industry as well, who do you think was their partner in hiding this information from the American public and continues to do so? These news organizations still refuse to mention things like 400 people have more wealth, stock and property than 155 million Americans COMBINED! Can we say goodbye Democracy and hello to Plutocracy, Oligarchy or whatever you would like to call it. I do believe more people are catching onto the insidious lies the corporate owned media spreads and that is why so many people have stopped watching the news and stopped purchasing newspapers.
The truth is out there and I know it can be hard to pin point it because there are so many distractions. If you are just as upset as I am about what has happened to our once great Republic you can write to each of these organizations, you can start your own news site, contact your representative, sign the petition at freepress.net and the simplest of these suggestions: cancel the cable and stop watching the news, the reality TV, the commercials and all the other garbage that comes on the channels. You will not only save money, but you will see a difference in your overall mood, anxiety and stress levels and you will feel better about yourself. Instead you can fill your time with things that matter, like family, friends and yourself.
Peace & Harmony,
About the Columnist
With a bachelors degree in political science from Florida Atlantic University, Christina Fermin has always cultivated her love for history, politics, sociology, ancient knowledge and teachings, the outdoors, the ocean and the environment. Christina strives to make our world better by helping us all create a new reality and understanding of all taking place here and now.