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Excerpt: "Ever wonder why the prolific author and acclaimed MIT professor is never featured on major networks?"

Noam Chomsky. (photo: Andrew Rusk/Flickr)
Noam Chomsky. (photo: Andrew Rusk/Flickr)


Noam Chomsky: Just 6 Corporations Own 90% of Media in the US

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

14 October 16

 

The prolific author and acclaimed MIT professor is never featured on major networks.

alph Nader and leading linguist Noam Chomsky engaged in a much anticipated discussion in early October on Ralph Nader Radio Hour. The two raised questions about changing the media narrative in a totalitarian-like state, and how Chomsky got dismissed from the mainstream altogether. 

"How often have you been on the op-ed pages of the New York Times?" Nader asked Chomsky.

For Chomsky, the last time was over a decade ago.

"[I was asked] to write about the Israeli separation wall, actually an annexation wall that runs through the West Bank and breaking apart the Palestinian communities... condemned as illegal by the World Court," Chomsky told Nader.

Chomsky would later pen a similar piece for CNN on the 2013 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. But Chomsky has never been interviewed on the network; nor has he appeared on NBC, ABC or CBS.

"How about NPR and PBS, partially taxpayer-supported...more free-thinking and more tolerant [outlets]?" Nader wanted to know.

"I've been on 'Charlie Rose' two or three times," Chomsky told Nader, adding that he had a curious story about a particular Boston outlet for NPR based in Boston University.

"They used to have a program in their primetime news programs All Things Considered some years ago at 5:25... maybe once a week or so, a five-minute discussion with someone who had written a new book and there's a lot of pressure," Chomsky began.

NPR was going to allow Chomsky to present his 1989 book, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

"I got a call from the publisher telling me when I should tune in and I never listened [before], so I tuned in [and] there was five minutes of music... I started getting phone calls from around the country asking 'What happened to the piece?'" Chomsky remembered.

"I then got a call from the station manager in Washington who told me that she'd been getting calls and she didn't understand it because it was listed... she called back saying kind of embarrassed ... that some bigwig in the system had heard the announcement at five o'clock and had ordered it canceled," Chomsky explained.

The irony of Chomsky's media criticism being dismissed by the media is not lost on the former MIT professor, who remains in awe of America's level of censorship. 

"Any one of the former Bush-Cheney warmongers like Paul Wolfowitz and John Bolton and others have gotten far more press after they've left federal positions; in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post," Nader said.

And unlike Chomsky, "They've been on television public television, NPR and they have a record of false statements; they have record of deception, they have record of pursuing policies are illegal under our Constitution, under international law and under federal statutes such as criminal invasion of Iraq and other adventures around the world," Nader pointed out.

But the media problem permeates other industries, like education and government. 

"Now, a society that operates in a way where propaganda is not only emanating from the major media but it gets into our schools, the kind of courses are taught, the content of the history, is a society that's not going to be mobilized for its own survival, much less the survival of other countries whose dictators we have for decades supported to oppress their people," explained Nader.

Listen to Ralph Nader's full program with Noam Chomsky:

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+43 # Brice 2016-10-14 15:23
Alexandra Rosenmann, thanks for posting this.

I love both these guys. They are international treasures for all of us, but I have to say that they both are in a funny position that I do not really understand. For one thing as is mentioned in the first moments of this video - this is the first time these two have met for a discussion. Both of their lives are coming to an end ... they are both, I think, in their 80's. Why are our wonderful Progressive heroes so much the loners? Why can't we get a group of Philosopher Kings who can come to some political consensus?

They are both critics of the US, and yet they both make their living criticizing the US ... and pretty much only the US.

On doesn't hear much of either Chomsky or Nader comparing the US system with other systems, states or corportions. I suppose we cannot expect everything and should be glad for what we do get from these heroes which is priceless.

One thing I've noticed Chomsky consistently says, or used to say, was that things were getting better, that there is less force, and more freedom and diversity. I wonder if he still believes this, and if there is some point at which he has to admit we are as a planet choking the life out of the human spirit in a way as we choke the life out of the planet.

Why does this have to be when we have people like these two who can lead the discussion and bring people to the light?
 
 
+15 # fletch1165 2016-10-15 05:42
Write him and find out. Chomsky is actually good at answering his mail. I received response in the past. It has to be a well written question that spikes his interest. He or his small staff should reply.
 
 
+13 # wrknight 2016-10-15 07:43
Quoting Brice:
...Why does this have to be when we have people like these two who can lead the discussion and bring people to the light?

Unfortunately, there are too many people who either cannot be brought to the light or do not want to be brought to the light.
 
 
+7 # Brice 2016-10-15 10:27
You're right, there is incredible ignorance in the US, and the Republican party seems to be distilling it into a smaller and smaller group of nastier and less intelligent people.

I just hope if and when Hillary Clinton is elected that there is not violence from these neanderthals.
 
 
+1 # djean102 2016-10-17 07:25
You must not watch/listen to DemocracyNow! You can sign up for it at democracynow.or g They are both on it all the time. We get no real news anymore except for this program. If you have DirecTV you can see it multiple times a day. If you have cable, forgedaboutit. They won't carry it.
 
 
0 # Brice 2016-10-23 01:03
Jumping to conclusions there dj ... I've listened to Democracy Now since before it was syndicated and national. I am happy to see it is getting a larger audience but it is still almost nothing compared to the major networks.
 
 
-32 # Ralph 2016-10-14 16:41
Nothing more than gatekeepers for the war pigs and corporate fascists. Chomsky will be voting Clinton and as said as much. With leaders like these, is it any wonder the left has become a limp-wristed clown show that stands around and witnesses endless war and mass slaughter with nary a peep. What a disgrace we have become as a nation. Circa 2016, where is the peace train? Driven off the rails by the likes of corporate fascist taskmasters and gatekeepers like Chomsky, Dylan, and Keillor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkfZlvyE4XM
 
 
+7 # Jim Rocket 2016-10-15 18:50
Chomsky a gatekeeper? Have another drink, Ralph. Maybe part of the problem is the tendency of people on the left to eat their own at the slightest provocation.
 
 
+1 # Ralph 2016-10-16 17:39
Doubtful you read the transcripts of Clinton's speeches to Goldman Sachs. I have. Chomsky has endorsed her. Yep, gatekeeper. More denial from a left that has lost its soul. Good luck.
 
 
+30 # JJS 2016-10-14 16:53
America Is Not A Democracy - Noam Chomsky - Well, maybe for the 1%....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeTbDdl7XiE

http://www.salon.com/2016/06/22/noam_chomsky_america_is_only_a_democracy_for_the_1_percent_partner/

Vote if you can.
 
 
+7 # babaregi 2016-10-14 17:03
Neither Trump nor Clinton are worth voting for; but Hillary is worse.

Good commentary:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXbqzRMgaxw

As Jesse Ventura said: We need a "None of the above" choice on our ballots.
 
 
+6 # fletch1165 2016-10-15 05:29
All 6 media corporations endorse Hillary, including FOX and at least half its staff. Trump is just playing an acting role to divide Americans. What started out as trump mad at NBC for cancelling the Apprentice and his Ms. America pageant roll, has morphed into his greatest windfall ever. Sheldon Adelson has paid him at least $50 million we know of on behalf of the Power Elite, and Hillary Clinton who works for them directly as an employee. He has pledged to Donnie $100 million to throw this election and divide Americans against each other as much as possible so we won't be focused on the crimes of the international banking cartel they both serve.
 
 
+2 # Douglas Jack 2016-10-15 14:19
fletch1165, RE: "All 6 media corporations endorse Hillary," There is a dearth of analysis which starts with mapping world financial ownership as 'trickle-down'. DEEP STATE western activists tend to consider these issues as stemming from dysfunctional personalities like Hillary or Donald, so I appreciate fletch taking it to a deeper ownership. Without knowing the hierarchal ownership, we don't correctly comprehend puppet directives & worldview.

Beyond MSM denial, we understand ownership of the US Federal Reserve, Bank of England & Bank of international Settlements which in turn own the Finance-Media-E ducation-Milita ry-Industrial-L egislative-Comp lex. 3 money-printing centres control finance throughout the financial system. "It takes money to make money". Interlocking boards of these big 3 are owned by Rothschild, Windsor royalty of England & Vatican aristocracy going back centuries & traceable back as plundered stolen 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generatin g') Middle-&-Far-Ea st, African, Americas, Australian wealth over 1000s of years.

To understand Middle-east destabilization , study greater-Israel' s Oded-Yinon-Plan OYP & its US daughters Project-for-a-N ew-American-Cen tury PNAC & New-World-Order NWO with schedules for destroy 7 Middle-east & African nations. US 3-star General Westley Clarke describing when he was informed of the US role in OYP. http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166
 
 
+55 # RMDC 2016-10-14 17:21
It is pretty ironic to see this article next to the one from ThinkProgress in which an hysterical author is shouting that Trump will destroy press freedom. Chomsky and Nader know very well that the corporate press has already done a rather complete job of destroying press freedom.

There can't be press freedom when 6 corps own 90% of the media. Corporations don't exist to protect freedoms. They exist to own things. Corporations are not democratic; freedom can't exist without true democracy. Freedom is a quality or by-product of democracy. Corporations are the opposite of democracy.
 
 
+16 # PeacefulGarden 2016-10-14 19:38
This is a weird post for me, but I am reading Goethe's Faust. It is, as they say in the poetry world, a spear through my heart. There is a act, in the second part, Classical Walpurgisight, where this character Erichtho talks about power and holding power.

Listen, the holding power thing is really cool. It is the fact that these powerful corporations must hold on to their power, and that, in itself, is an incredible feat.

They, corporations, either kill us, or themselves just to hold onto power.

Trump's and Clinton's dominance of the election process is no mistake, it is all about power, and holding onto it. Either one is a destructive pathology.

This is the state of mankind. Holding onto power and all that it takes is the absolute mess we are in. We will never change. It is our leadership's pathology. Any of us, would assume the role of Obama, else, release power, and that would end the "media".

The power thing, is what these two beautiful men are railing against. But, woe, it matters not, "power always meets a greater power still"; Goethe Faust, line 7019.
 
 
+6 # Ralph 2016-10-14 19:51
Listen carefully. The train can depart from the station, if and only if, the collective consciousness can grasp something greater. The world citizenry, you and I, must grok a higher level. If we are unable to do so, we will perish. That much is certain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkfZlvyE4XM
 
 
+6 # PeacefulGarden 2016-10-15 07:09
Collective consciousness is a religious hoax. All we do, we being those not in power, is watch those in power over us do everything possible to hold onto that power. It is that simple.

This election, above the ones in the past, has been upended by character who we all know will lose. There is no election. That is what we are watching, that is the puppet show. Our government has gone walpurgisnight.

sorry for my original post! Too much vodka last night! It was fun though.
 
 
+2 # Ralph 2016-10-16 17:42
Alienated, disconnected and drinking vodka. You actually pretend to understand the plight humanity now faces. Minimally, I hoped you liked the music although I doubt it after reading your reply. Good luck.
 
 
+12 # RMDC 2016-10-15 07:03
peace -- right on to Faust and all of Goethe. He's such a profound writer. The greater power Faust meets is Love and the woman Gretchen. All that is true for sane people, and Faust is sane. But the rulers of the US are psychopaths. We have allowed a culture to evolve in which psychopaths are rewarded and heroized. American culture is really social darwinism. We worship the strongest.

It is also well to remember that fascism is corporate control of the government. That's what we have. American fascism looks good to Americans, just as German fascism looked good to Germans. Italian fascism looked good to Italians.
 
 
+8 # wrknight 2016-10-15 07:52
But American voters will still vote for the psychopaths even when there are alternatives.

And on top of that, in spite of a single digit approval rating, they will re-elect the same losers in Congress year after year after year.
 
 
+31 # Macserp 2016-10-14 22:45
I think these guys are spot on.
Isn't it interesting that even to this day, the Democrats, including Al Gore who recently campaigned against 3rd party candidates, blame Nader for losing the 2000 elections, and the media, for their part, go right along with it?
The bottom line is that the political establishment, and the mainstream media are not interested in promoting positive change, or exposing the machinations of voter suppression. Their systematic shortchanging of the Bernie Sanders campaign is a most recent example.
American political and social life is at a crossroads. We need the guidance of these two giants now more than ever.
 
 
+12 # wrknight 2016-10-15 07:55
Quoting Macserp:
I think these guys are spot on.
Isn't it interesting that even to this day, the Democrats, including Al Gore who recently campaigned against 3rd party candidates, blame Nader for losing the 2000 elections, and the media, for their part, go right along with it?
The bottom line is that the political establishment, and the mainstream media are not interested in promoting positive change, or exposing the machinations of voter suppression....

Positive change would result on loss of control.
 
 
+9 # Totusek 2016-10-15 04:19
The big six in 2016 are listed as: Comcast (listed as mostly controlled by Brian L. Roberts) News-Corp (listed as controlled by Rupert Murdoch), Disney (Laurene Powell Jobs - widow of Steve Jobs, is listed as majority stockholder), Viacom (listed as controlled by Sumner Redstone), Time Warner (listed as owned by Charter Communications) , CBS Corporation.
 
 
+9 # Totusek 2016-10-15 04:20
… Then you have:

New York Times Company (listed as owned by: Ochs-Sulzberger family trust [Daniel H. Cohen, James M. Cohen, Lynn G. Dolnick, Susan W. Dryfoos, Michael Golden, Eric M. A. Lax, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. and Cathy J. Sulzberger], Carlos Slim (16.8%), and others [anyone have the complete current list?])

Washington Post (listed as owned by: Jeff Bezo)

Associated Press (AP) (listed as collectively owned by a number of companies [anyone have the complete current list?])

Tribune Company (listed as owned by: Tribune Company "corporate employees" via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) (59%), Oaktree Capital Management (23%) Angelo, Gordon & Co. (9%) JPMorgan Chase (9%)

Hearst Publications (listed as owned by: Hearst family and others [anyone have the complete list?])

MSN (listed as owned by: Microsoft [top four shareholders of Microsoft itself are listed as: Steven Ballmer, Bill Gates, Jr., Satya Nadella, Kevin Turner])

Reuters (listed as owned by Thomson Reuters)

PBS and NPR (listed as owned by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting - now even more strongly influenced by it's corporate advertisers)

Huffington Post (listed as owned by: AOL/Verizon)

Bloomberg (listed as partly owned by Michael Bloomberg)

iHeartMedia (listed as owned by: Thomas H. Lee Partners, and Bain Capital)

The Drudge Report (listed as owned by Matt Drudge)

Newsweek (listed as owned by: IBT Media)

Politico (primary owner listed as: Allbritton Company)
 
 
+11 # Totusek 2016-10-15 04:22
… The Atlantic (listed as owned by: David G. Bradley, and National Journal Group)

The New Yorker (listed as owned by: Samuel Newhouse, Advance Publications, and Conde Nast)

==

The physical "backbone" of the U.S. internet (originally created by ARPANET - directly funded by U.S. taxpayers' monies) is listed as being owned by: Verizon, AT&T Inc., CenturyLink, SoftBank Corporation, IBM, with some other aspects listed as being controlled by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)

Other factors of corporate "gatekeeper" control are related to things Google being where at least 40% of all internet traffic is filtered through...

In terms of Facebook internet traffic and filtering, Facebook's main owner is Mark Zuckerberg (followed by Jim Breyer & Accel Partners, Dustin Moskovitz, Yuri Milner & Digital Sky Technologies, Eduardo Saverin, Sean Parker, Peter Thiel, Microsoft, Chris Hughes Li Ka-shing).
 
 
+11 # fletch1165 2016-10-15 05:40
Facebook's main owner is the CIA who gave Zuckerberg his seed money while still in college. The whole thing never would have taken off otherwise.
 
 
+5 # RMDC 2016-10-15 07:13
tot -- try this

https://www.pinterest.com/colinscaiff/a2-sociology-mass-media/

https://producertales.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/mediamoguls.jpg
 
 
+23 # newell 2016-10-15 06:46
everyone wants these two, or Bernie, or Trump or Hillary to save them. None are saviors. Neither is a bloody revolution. Everyone knows what needs to be done: boycott medias and corporations that aren't working for the community. Get involved in local politics and community organizations. Protest. It's easy to stay above the fray, throw up your hands and say "It's useless!". It takes hard, disciplined work to bring about real change--and it has never come from a savior--it comes from the ground up.
 
 
-2 # carytucker 2016-10-15 09:10
Quoting newell:
everyone wants these two, or Bernie, or Trump or Hillary to save them. None are saviors. Neither is a bloody revolution. Everyone knows what needs to be done: boycott medias and corporations that aren't working for the community. Get involved in local politics and community organizations. Protest. It's easy to stay above the fray, throw up your hands and say "It's useless!". It takes hard, disciplined work to bring about real change--and it has never come from a savior--it comes from the ground up.

Thank you. Hard, disciplined work does not seem favored on this site. Shrill apocalyptic warnings from the Hate Hillary crowd are the medium of exchange here. I appreciate your counter to the common lunacy.
 
 
+5 # tanis 2016-10-16 08:02
What a pleasure and relief to listen to these two voices speaking to all of us. The truth carries a lot of responsibility and those who carry it need to share the weight. Learning our rights as a people is once again called for. We need REAL public radio and television. We need organizations that teach us to speak our minds and to talk to each other. I think we have forgotten and public education is silent.
 

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