Monday, December 27, 2010


About 40 years ago, I became aware that we in the United States weren't necessarily the be-all and end-all of all countries on the globe. I noticed that Sweden, for one, did not approve of our Vietnam policy. I thus became less of an ethno-centrist and began to pay attention to what others were saying about us. I also became aware of the fact that our government can and does lie to us, and that just because they may issue a particular statement as fact does not automatically guarantee it will be so. This uncertainty led me to question our government and look for other more factual sources of information than, say, CBS News.

One of my earliest intriguing sources of information was a delightful little magazine called World Press Review. It featured articles written by those outside our borders about us. These articles came from Tass, the then-official Soviet news agency, as well as Izvestia, the London Times, and many, many other official and state-run press agencies from all across the globe. This same coverage is now provided by the website, but in the late '70s and early '80s there was no internet to go to, so World Press Review was invaluable.

Little by little, our media has changed. Like the rest of the country, our television and radio has become slowly more corporate. Clear Channel has turned what was once a bunch of independent radio stations with their own unique format into a mass of BORING stations from one city across America to another. Playlists have narrowed from a format of top 40 a generation ago to a mere dozen or 15 songs today, and a whole host of mainly right wing, mindless and often hysterical talk radio stations has emerged as a result. On the television side, various corporate buyouts and mergers have narrowed the field of major players to include only six, and has led to a dummying-down of what is offered to the public. Whereas the History Channel, for one, used to provide us with near-scholarly documentaries 15-18 years ago, today we find shows like "Ice Road Truckers" and "Pawn Stars", or "Modern Marvels" as the main offerings, and very little has anything much to do with history. They, and many other channels which showed promise years ago, have taken to showing mainly little vignettes that are primarily entertainment, rather than topical or educational,-oriented. That, my friends, is what corporate America is doing to our airwaves. IS IT ANY WONDER OUR STUDENTS ARE STARTING TO SLIP SO BADLY?

As it stands today, there are six main players which own virtually everything we see on TV. The U.S. media is completely dominated by these huge corporations who have basically gobbled up everything we see and hear. They have managed this, through a history of mergers and acquisitions, to concentrate their control over what we see, hear and read. In a number of cases, these companies control everything from initial production to finalized distribution. In the process, we are being horribly shortchanged!

Below is a list of these 6 major U.S. media players and which networks they control:

***2009 revenue: $157 BILLION. Owns NBC Networks; USA; Oxygen; The Weather Channel; Sci-Fi Channel; others.

***2009 revenue: $36.1 BILLION. Owns ABC; ESPN Networks; Lifetime; oA & E Networks (A & E, History Channel, Military Channel, Biography Channel, History International); others.

***2009 Revenue: $30.4 BILLION. Owns FOX "News"; Wall Street Journal.

***2009 Revenue: $25.8 BILLION. Owns CNN; Headline News; TNT; Cartoon Network; TBS; others.

***2009 Revenue: $13.6 BILLION. Owns MTV; BET; CMT; VH1; others.

6. CBS
***2009 Revenue: $13 BILLION. Owns CBS; Showtime; the Movie Channel; others.

Even PBS has been polluted by corporate influence over the past 10 years. But there is still one network that is still 100% viewer-supported and COMPLETELY FEEE FROM CORPORATE INFLUENCE. This network is called LINK TV!

Formed in 1999, Link Media owns and operates the broadcast channel Link TV and Link is the first nationwide television channel and website dedicated to providing global perspectives on news, events and culture. Link’s programs provide a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the U.S. media. They connect viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations in the forefront of social change and the cultures of an increasingly global community.

You will find documentaries and programs you'll NEVER see on mainstream media networks. Programs like Amy Goodman's DEMOCRACY NOW, English language broadcasts from AL JAZEERA and other Middle Eastern news agencies, as well as interesting films like THE CORPORATION, Howard Zinn's magnificent YOU CAN'T BE NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN, Greg Palast Investigates, Bill Moyers on Media and Democracy, American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein, as well as intriguing World Music and foreign music videos.


You can see Link TV on the following satellite stations:

DIRECTV - channel 375

DISH NETWORK - channel 9410

It is also available on a number of cable stations. For a listing, go to their website at and click on "About Link TV." But don't just stop there: peruse the site and you'll see what a valuable addition this channel can be to your viewing. Should you wish to contribute, just key in www.linktv/contribute, or phone in your TAX DEDUCTIBLE pledge at 1-866-485-8848!

Yes, Virginia, there is an alternative to BBC America! Urge others to watch LINK TV too, as a VERY welcome alternative to boring, uninformative mainstream programming---you will NOT be disappointed!!!


mud_rake said...

Good find, Jack. I added it to my favorites. And yes, American TV 'news' is pathetic, just what the shyster politicians and corporate CEO's want us to 'see'.

Jack Jodell said...

I've been enjoying the hell out of it! The only good "mainstream" station is MSNBC (with Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O'Donnell), but oitside of these two entities, it's pretty slim pickings!

Oso said...

Thank you Jack. I'm lucky, Link TV is part of our package out here in NorCal.

My fiancee Laura Flanders on GritTV is excellent, and news from the Middle East has some gorgeous anchorwomen-all of whom are also my fiancee's. What a dumbass, watching Link for the women huh?

Seriously, I'm glad you posted this, it will encourage people to seek it out.Good movies, discussions,cultural features - you can't go wrong. And no commercials!

Jack Jodell said...

I had no idea you had a famous spokeswoman as a fiancee! Are you kidding me? Way to go, my friend! She's gorgeous! When will you be tying the knot?

Cletis L. Stump said...

Jack, thanks for the heads up on this. I'll pass it along. My alter ego made the Lexington Herald-Leader on Sunday. Go to, click on opinion and look for the commentary about stoning the "miscreant sons and daughters" of Kentuicky as a side line to our newly proposed Ark Park. These people are going to kill me yet. Cletis

Jack Jodell said...

Congrats on making the editorial page. I don't know a lot about the Aek Park project. Can you provide additional info? Thanks.

Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Jack,
Here is the latest Tea Party news from the Delmarva Peninsula here in the Mid-Atlantic.

Feds probe Tea Party’s Christine O'Donnell's Campaign Spending!!!!

The U.S. Attorney's office has confirmed it is reviewing a complaint about O'Donnell's campaign. O'Donnell routinely used political contributions to pay personal expenses including her rent in recent years as she ran for the Senate three consecutive times, starting in 2006 and the case has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware.

O'Donnell, had set a state record by raising more than $7.3 million in a "Sarah Palin" backed Tea Party fueled campaign this year, and has long been dogged by questions about her personal and campaign finances.

O'Donnell acknowledged she paid part of her rent at times with campaign money.

Well the problem is, Federal Law prohibits candidates from spending campaign money for personal benefit. FEC rules state that this prohibition applies to the use of campaign money for a candidate's mortgage or rent "even if part of the residence is being used by the campaign!"

You can read in more detail on my latest posting. Another Teabagger CON JOB EXPOSED!!!!

Jack Jodell said...

Thanks, Engineer of Knowledge, for that background on the O'Donnell case. Those Tea Partiers will accept ANYBODY provided he or she says all the right things, which they think Palin and O'Donnell do. Ms. O'Donnell, low life that she is, takes the whole system for a joyride. I hope the Feds will come down on her heavy, so she'll never again see political light of day!

Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Jack,
As a follow up, I wanted to pass on an “Apologist Teabagger’s” statement I heard today in Seaford, DE with reference to Christine O’Donnell’s abuse of her campaign funds breaking Federal Election Laws.

I quote, “Oh yea! Like she’s the only one who has spent campaign funds for personal use!!! This is just politically motivated….”

Yes as if this was a justification excusing and exonerating O’Donnell’s breaking Federal Laws was because others before have done it also.

Well Teabaggers, there were plenty of criminals who robbed banks before Bonnie and Clyde. I can think of Frank and Jessie James, Al Capone, John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Willie Sutton (the original “Slick Willie) just to name a few…..but do you really think that these are good reasonable arguments to justify Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow robbing banks?

So how does others abusing campaign funds become a good reasonable argument to justify O’Donnell blatant misuse of campaign money?

This is the Teabagger’s mindset…..what a bunch a dumb asses.

Jack Jodell said...

I'm with you, Engineer of Knowledge. Those people are pathetic!