April 09, 2003
So you think we have a "free press" eh?
Check out who owns who, and who owns what you
GENERAL ELECTRIC - donated 1.1 million to GW
Bush for his 2000 election campaign
NBC: includes 13 stations, 28% of US
NBC Network News: The Today Show,
Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, NBC
News at Sunrise.
CNBC business television; MSNBC
24-hour cable and Internet news service (co-owned by NBC and
Microsoft); Court TV (co-owned with Time Warner), Bravo (50%),
A&E (25%), History Channel (25%).
The "MS" in MSNBC means microsoft,
the same Microsoft that donated 2.4
million to get
GW Bush elected.
GE Consumer Electronics.
GE Power Systems: produces turbines
for nuclear reactors and power plants.
GE Plastics: produces military
hardware and nuclear power equipment.
GE Transportation Systems: runs
diesel and electric trains.
WESTINGHOUSE / CBS INC.
Westinghouse Electric Company, part of the Nuclear
Utilities Business Group of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL)
Who's #1 on the Board of Directors? None other than: Frank Carlucci
The Carlyle Group)
CBS: includes 14 stations and over
200 affiliates in the US.
CBS Network News: 60 minutes, 48
hours, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Morning News, Up to
Country Music Television, The
Nashville Network, 2 regional sports networks.
Group W Satellite Communications.
Westinghouse Electric Company:
provides services to the nuclear power industry.
Environmental Services Company: disposes of nuclear and
hazardous wastes. Also operates 4 government-owned nuclear power
plants in the US.
Energy Systems: provides nuclear
power plant design and maintenance.
VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.
Paramount Television, Spelling
Television, MTV, VH-1, Showtime, The Movie Channel, UPN (joint
owner), Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Sundance Channel (joint
20 major market US stations.
Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home
Video, Blockbuster Video, Famous Players Theatres, Paramount
Simon & Schuster Publishing.
DISNEY / ABC / CAP - donated 640
GW's 2000 campaign
ABC: includes 10 stations, 24% of US
ABC Network News: Prime Time Live,
Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America.
ESPN, Lifetime Television (50%), as
well as minority holdings in A&E, History Channel and E!
Television, Touchtone Television.
Miramax, Touchtone Pictures.
Magazines: Jane, Los Angeles
Magazine, W, Discover.
3 music labels, 11 major local
Hyperion book publishers.
Infoseek Internet search engine
TIME-WARNER TBS - AOL - donated 1.6
to GW's 2000 campaign
America Online (AOL) acquired Time
Warner - the largest merger in corporate history.
CNN, HBO, Cinemax, TBS Superstation,
Turner Network Television, Turner Classic Movies, Warner
Brothers Television, Cartoon Network, Sega Channel, TNT, Comedy
Central (50%), E! (49%), Court TV (50%).
Largest owner of cable systems in
the US with an estimated 13 million subscribers.
HBO Independent Productions, Warner
Home Video, New Line Cinema, Castle Rock, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera.
Music: Atlantic, Elektra, Rhino,
Sire, Warner Bros. Records, EMI, WEA, Sub Pop (distribution) =
the world’s largest music company.
33 magazines including Time, Sports
Illustrated, People, In Style, Fortune, Book of the Month Club,
Entertainment Weekly, Life, DC Comics (50%), and MAD Magazine.
NEWS CORPORATION LTD. / FOX NETWORKS -
Rupert Murdoch - donations *
* Phillip Morris donated 2.9
George W Bush in 2000
Fox Television: includes 22
stations, 50% of US households.
Fox International: extensive
worldwide cable and satellite networks include British Sky
Broadcasting (40%); VOX, Germany (49.9%); Canal Fox, Latin
America; FOXTEL, Australia (50%); STAR TV, Asia; IskyB, India;
Bahasa Programming Ltd., Indonesia (50%); and News Broadcasting,
The Golf Channel (33%).
Twentieth Century Fox, Fox
132 newspapers (113 in Australia
alone) including the New York Post, the London Times and The
25 magazines including TV Guide and
The Weekly Standard.
Sports: LA Dodgers, LA Kings, LA
Lakers, National Rugby League.
Ansett Australia airlines, Ansett
New Zealand airlines.
Rupert Murdoch: Board of Directors,
Philip Morris (USA).