Where do you get your news? If you're like most people, you get it from mainstream media -ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News. Your local newspaper is probably owned by Gannett, the largest owner of newspapers in America. Your favorite radio station is probably owned by Clear Channel, which owns 1,200 radio stations across the country. |
The problem is that mainstream media is owned by large, multi-national corporations who, by definition, must always be looking out for their bottom line. This directly contradicts their mandate by the FCC to always act "In the public interest."
You own the airwaves. The government lets TV and radio stations use these airwaves for a fee, and in return they are supposed to play news and other programming that benefits us. Of course, it doesn't always work this way. With increasing consolidation in the media industry, fewer corporations own more and more of the airwaves. Media companies are no longer working "in the public interest," but as tools for their parent corporations to make money. This almost always means sacrificing quality reporting with slipshod treatment of the issues; the cutting of reporting staff and fact-checkers; and "infotainment" in the place of real news.
Currently, 5 companies control most of what you see on TV - AOL/Time Warner; Disney; FOX; Viacom; and General Electric. But that doesn't mean you have to be a slave to the corporate media! You can choose to not purchase cable TV; to not buy that Gannett Newspaper; to not use AOL Internet service. You can let multi-national corporate media companies know you won't let them lie to you by choosing alternative media. Whether it is the Global IMC Network, AlterNet, Adbusters, Z Magazine, or your local independently published newspaper, you can break free from Corporate Media.
For more information about Corporate Media and its masters, and what you can do about it, check out Reclaim The Media, The Center For Digital Democracy, The Media Alliance, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting
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