6 Giant Corporations Control The Media, And Americans Consume 10 Hours Of "Programming" A Day

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

If you allow someone to pump hours of “programming” into your mind every single day, it is inevitable that it is eventually going to have a major impact on how you view the world.  In America today, the average person consumes approximately 10 hours of information, news and entertainment a day, and there are 6 giant media corporations that overwhelmingly dominate that market.  In fact, it has been estimated that somewhere around 90 percent of the “programming” that we constantly feed our minds comes from them, and of course they are ultimately controlled by the elite of the world.  So is there any hope for our country as long as the vast majority of the population is continually plugging themselves into this enormous “propaganda matrix”?

Just think about your own behavior.  Even as you are reading this article the television might be playing in the background or you may have some music on.  Many of us have gotten to the point where we are literally addicted to media.  In fact, there are people out there that become physically uncomfortable if everything is turned off and they have to deal with complete silence.

It has been said that if you put garbage in, you are going to get garbage out.  It is the things that we do consistently that define who we are, and so if you are feeding your mind with hours of “programming” from the big media corporations each day, that is going to have a dramatic affect on who you eventually become.

These monolithic corporations really do set the agenda for what society focuses on.  For example, when you engage in conversation with your family, friends or co-workers, what do you talk about?  If you are like most people, you might talk about something currently in the news, a television show that you watched last night or some major sporting event that is taking place.

Virtually all of that news and entertainment is controlled by the elite by virtue of their ownership of these giant media corporations.

I want to share some numbers with you that may be hard to believe.  They come directly out of Nielsen’s “Total Audience Report“, and they show how much news and entertainment the average American consumes through various methods each day…

Watching live television: 4 hours, 32 minutes

Watching time-shifted television: 30 minutes

Listening to the radio: 2 hours, 44 minutes

Using  a smartphone: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Using Internet on a computer: 1 hour, 6 minutes

When you add all of those numbers together, it comes to a grand total of more than 10 hours.

And keep in mind that going to movie theaters, playing video games and reading books are behaviors that are not even on this list.

What in the world are we doing to ourselves?

The combination of watching live television and watching time-shifted television alone comes to a total of more than five hours.

If you feed five hours of something into your mind day after day, it is going to change you.  There is no way around that.  You may think that you are strong enough to resist the programming, but the truth is that it affects all of us in very subtle ways that we do not even understand.

And as I mentioned above, there are just six giant corporations that account for almost all of the programming that we receive through our televisions.  Below is a list of these six corporations along with a sampling of the various media properties that they own…


Universal Pictures
Focus Features
USA Network
The Weather Channel
Golf Channel
Esquire Network
Universal HD
Comcast SportsNet
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Studio Home Video

The Walt Disney Company

ABC Television Network
The Disney Channel
Marvel Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Disney Mobile
Disney Consumer Products
Interactive Media
Disney Theme Parks
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures

News Corporation

Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox News Channel
Fox Business Network
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
FX Movie Channel
Fox Sports Networks
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Post
20th Century Fox
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Blue Sky Studios

Time Warner

The CW
Cartoon Network
Turner Classic Movies
Warner Bros.
Castle Rock
DC Comics
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
New Line Cinema
Sports Illustrated
Marie Claire
People Magazine


Comedy Central
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
Country Music Television (CMT)
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land

CBS Corporation

CBS Television Network
The CW (along with Time Warner)
CBS Sports Network
CBS Radio, Inc.
CBS Television Studios
Simon & Schuster
Infinity Broadcasting
Westwood One Radio Network

Fortunately, those enormous media conglomerates do not have quite the same monopoly over the Internet, but we are starting to see a tremendous amount of consolidation in the online world as well.  Just check out these numbers

Overall, the top 10 publishers — together owning around 60 news sites — account for 47% of total online traffic to news content last year, with the next-biggest 140 publishers accounting for most of the other half, SimilarWeb found.


The biggest online news publisher for the U.S. audience was MSN, owner of MSN.com, with just over 27 billion combined page views across mobile and desktop, followed by Disney Media Networks, owner of ESPN and ABC News, with 25.9 billion.

The battle for the future of this nation is a battle for the hearts and minds of individuals.

And it is hard to see how things will be turned in a dramatically different direction as long as most of us are willingly feeding our hearts and minds with hours of “programming” that is controlled by the elite each day.

The good news is that there are signs of an awakening.  More Americans than ever are becoming disenchanted with the mainstream media, and this is showing up in recent survey numbers.  Here is one example

Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media.


Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions.

As Americans (and people all over the world) have lost confidence in the mainstream media, they have been seeking out other sources of news and entertainment.  This has greatly fueled the rise of the alternative media, and the dozens of websites all over the Internet where this article will ultimately be published are examples of this explosion.

You can only enslave people for so long.  Ultimately, they will want to break free of the chains that are holding them back and they will want to find the truth.

In this day and age, it is absolutely imperative that we all learn to think for ourselves.  If you find that you are still addicted to the “programming” that the giant media corporations are feeding you, I would encourage you to start unplugging from the matrix more frequently.

In the end, you will be glad that you did.

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Billy the Poet's picture

My preferred information source is controlled by ABC Media, LTD.  Don't even try to count the hours spent.

God's picture

Who are the majority owners? They will make juicy targets.

38BWD22's picture



It will be inteersting when others (Google, Apple and Amazon for example) get into the game.

It will probably be the same ol' s...

Four chan's picture

it's google with a j so theres that. must control all media and banking.

InjectTheVenom's picture

>>>>  take the RED PILL

>>>>  take the BLUE PILL

tmosley's picture

Who the hell is listening to the RADIO for almost three hours a day?

Also, people still watch TV? I only turn it on when there is really bad weather so I know whether to hoof it out to the storm shelter or not.

beemasters's picture

"The medium is the massage."

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

I'm so fucked. All I watch is 3 minutes of local weather, 1/2 an hour of OAN and a daily read of Drudge, ZH and Badblu with a sprinkly of 9gag, (to see what the younger demographic is tuned into), before bed. I am so out of touch. Ho-hum.

zeronetwork's picture

What is happening in USA now is what probably happened in Germany in 1940.

J S Bach's picture

"6 Giant Corporations Control The Media"

Yes... and ONE TRIBE controls those 6 corporations... a tribe hell-bent on destroying every culture that has had the misfortune of their presence.  Also, one who's Talmudic tenets decree that all "non-members" will eventually be slaves to them.

God help us.

SafelyGraze's picture

If you allow someone to pump hours of “programming” into your mind every single day ...

... it feels good.











old naughty's picture

and who (or what) control the elites that controlled these corporations,

via the deep-state branches?

0b1knob's picture

Am I the only one who has noticed that Zero Hedge has gone from being hosted in Switzerland (beyond the easy reach of US authorities) to being hosted by Amazon / Du pont out of Ashburn Virginia.  You know, Virginia just a stones throw from our buddie at the NSA, CIA, FBI etc.

Just a coincidence I'm sure.

I return you to the usual Zero Hedge idiocy.

Umh's picture

Since I live here in the US I am not sure how it would make any real difference.

ZD1's picture

"Who the hell is listening to the RADIO for almost three hours a day"


Many of us listen to radio stations around the country on our phones with apps like iHeartMedia.

remain calm's picture

I only watch porno and its like 20 hours a day, so big media does not control me. I guess that is why I am so normal, except my left forearm is disproportioned. 

38BWD22's picture



I wonder if the ladies know when they see those muscles and veins...


YouThePeople's picture

Only 20 a day? I know you can get that extra 4! Be the ball Danny!!!

Dormouse's picture

BREAKING NEWS: The MSM along with the DemcoRat party support the use of filthy illegal aliens as weapons against free elections.

DeadFred's picture

Where was the connection The Walt Disney Company/ABC Media LTD/ZeroHedge.com? Just wondering.

Billy the Poet's picture

There isn't any unless Walt moved to Bulgaria.

Fuku Ben's picture

If by same ol' S.. you mean Saturn then yes you're right.

sgt_doom's picture

Amazon has been in the game quite some time now, with their influence of their Web sites and ownership of WaPo!

But overall doesn't matter, the majority investors in Apple, Google and Amazon are the same four as the majority investors in the six media corporations named:

Vanguard Group


State Street


(Historically the first major investor in Apple and Intel was the Rockefeller family --- may very well still be the majority shareholder?)

Skateboarder's picture

10 hours of entertainment, 6 hours of sleep, 2 hours of commute, 2 hours of showering and shitting and pissing and eating and stuff... AH, they must be part-er-time employees.

tmosley's picture

Retirees most likely. Young people don't watch nearly that much TV, and use far, FAR more internet.

RAT005's picture

Worse than that, I only use 3 news sources, ZH being the main one so I have even less diversity.  Tyler, don't make me regret it!!

ack's picture

ZIO-scum owners. Just like the MIC. And Monsanto. SEE a pattern???

VAD's picture

Horowitz, Goldstein, Silverberg, et al.

localsavage's picture

Yes but how owns thes "news" sources and what are they invested in?  I would put a couple of bucks on banking and war.

Four chan's picture

the message must be absorbed, no counter message to the tribes message will be allowed. the protocols of zion's voice will be the only ones heard. profit, propaganda, destruction of all nationalism with the one exception of israel.   nothing pure must be allowed to survive.

GRDguy's picture

And then THEY figure out they've been believing in nothing but lies for generations.  Sad ending to a sad story.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

There's nothing stopping you from having your own "Protocols of the Elders of White Nations".

Except for the ingrained resistance to organize, be loyal, openly courageous and relentless -- just like Zionists.

But, fat chance of the "Just PLEASE leave me alone" mentality of libertarians, who are willing to work and fight for it, but only within their property lines. Yeah, sure, that truly sounds like a winning strategy against the Elders of Zion. Not!

Moral: if you want to beat your enemy, especially if they are a tiny minority, you MUST play their game better than they do, or keep control of yours. IOW... Beat them, join them or keep bleating.

If I seem sardonic, it's because this is what I've observed over the last 4 years. Sorry.

sgt_doom's picture

Great, nice job, you’ve named six corporations, but who actually owns those corporations (why is this soooo obvious question soooo difficult for soooo many????)?

Drilling down through all the companies, one finds that the majority shareholders of those six media corporations are the same majority shareholders of JPMorgan Chase, and the majority of other major corporations in North America and Europe:  the Vanguard Group, BlackRock, State Street and Fidelity (FMR LLC).

So the next obvious question to ask is who are the majority shareholders of those four investment firms?

Of course, that is restricted information --- they legally are required to file 13F forms to show who they are invested in, but their investors are private.

But we do know that the majority shareholders in each of those four are . . . . . the other three!

Hence, they are financially interlocked as ONE major investment firm --- which really is their ultimate goal:  One World Bank, One World Financial Exchange, One World Corporation, and One World Investment Firm!

Wow, sounds rather conspiratorially, now doesn’t it?

A Great American Hero

Heard a great talk given by a great American hero, the guy who valiantly captured the planner of 9/11, Abu Zubaydah.  (Most are surprised when I say who this is, as they believe him to be some kind of “criminal”?)

That Great American Hero?  John Kiriakou, who captured him in Pakistan, then was railroaded into jail by the CIA, and Obama’s Department of Justice (or perhaps one should say, the Goldman Sachs people at the DOJ).

First, of course, the DOJ stripped Mr. Kiriakou of all his money with their endless legal battles.


The Merovingian's picture

Is it Just Us or Joostus, I get so confused.

American Psycho's picture

I only allow 'The Tylers' to plug into this head.  

ebworthen's picture

Ah yes, the hive mind.

"Everything is Awesome!" and "We're all gonna' live forever!"

God's picture

Americans have a government for a reason. The government is the true enabler of sheeple control. The USSA government has been taken over by Jews so the Jews can publish any trash they wish in America.

Your life as an American is controlled by Jews.

ack's picture

Only if you let it. BDS on a daily basis. Don't participate with evil psychopaths and sociopaths. Call them out. Even if its ONLY in ones own consciousness. All REAL warfare is spiritual and metaphysical. That's the only REAL realm. "...the substance of things hoped-for, the evidence of things not seen..."     

A Pimp's love is different's picture

"Only if you let it...Don't participate with evil psychopaths and sociopaths... Call them out..."


OK then, please explain to me why francis_sawyer was kicked off of ZH 25 times.

Billy the Poet's picture

Francis was great if the idea that Jews are watering down his beer and forcing his grandmother to eat cat food are relevant to you. To me he was a distraction from real issues. It's very difficult to rationally discuss Zionist crimes when some moron is spewing garbage in a likely effort to support the Zionists rather than confront them.


Francis always reminded me of this fellow:


The Double Identity of an "Anti-Semitic" Commenter



A Pimp's love is different's picture

Billy ~ Since you're the EXPERT (on an entity that doesn't exist anymore), can you please FOR THE RECORD, provide proof of what you claim? (or is it all folklore)?


Let's have a contest...


Since you're putting yourself out there to be the expert, please CUT/PASTE links to the TOP 10 f_s comments that were utterly abhorrent. Once you do that, I'll go ahead and provide the same number of links whereby f_s was simply trying to make a distinction, (& whereby, it seems, that the TRUTH behind making that distinction happened to be too potent for average, run of the mill cognitive dissonants like yourself).


& if this comment, or an entire column of comments on this thread, end up, MIRACULOUSLY deleted as if they were on Hillary Clinton's e-mail server, then, I'll take a wild leap and assume you have your answer.



& while we're on the subject... BILLY THE POET

Member for

1 year 31 weeks


Billy the Poet, commentator extraordinaire, who, as if he knew the guy he was referring to... confidently states... "Francis always reminded me of..."


Hey Billy,


francis_sawyer got kicked off of ZH in July of 2012, which, was about 6 weeks after the "How to report offensive comments" policy was established, (& whereby probably had something to do with SPONSORS more than anything else).


Anyway, if you've been here for 1 year 31 weeks (essentially, 'springish 2014', how TF do you know anything about f_s anyway)?


Once again, IT'S A VALID QUESTION... Anyway, the whole comedy here is that this comment thread will eventually be deleted, & of course, your rewriting of history will remain intact as you carry on with your next wave of inane propaganziding...



COSMOS's picture

The schmucks will always bribe the gents with a fraction of the money they steal from them.

Billy the Poet's picture

Anyway, if you've been here for 1 year 31 weeks (essentially, 'springish 2014', how TF do you know anything about f_s anyway)?

My other account says: Member for 5 years 52 weeks (which is odd because to me that's 6 years and 0 weeks). On the other hand your account says: Member for 2 weeks 6 days


francis_sawyer got kicked off of ZH in July of 2012,

Francis was still posting in the first quarter of 2013.


Since you're putting yourself out there to be the expert, please CUT/PASTE links to the TOP 10 f_s comments

I appreciate the fact that you deem me an expert. As a reward I'll help you become one too! Here's two copy and pastes from your good buddy francis showing the serious issues he raised. I'll let you do the rest of the research you require so that you can learn how to find such information for yourself.
"If you're a JEW ~ junk me for not buying my beer at your pops liquor store... Sorry to NOT LET YOU steal money out of my pocket... Write your local lobbyist to inform them there are TEAR OUR WRISTS still lurking..."  -FS


"Hey ~ in the end, I'll take care of myself...

If Jews wanna try & steal my money.. COME & GET IT... But leave my fucking GRANDMOTHER alone..." -- FS


I, on the other hand, have tried to provide documented evidence of Zionist crimes and rational analyses based on that evidence. Tell me what you know about Ward Boston and NUMEC.  I can tell you all about those things without mentioning cat food once.

With evidence like that available what might be the motive of someone who insisted on focusing on imaginary grandmothers eating cat food while screaming JEWS, JEWS, JEWS, JEWS, JEWS?



A Pimp's love is different's picture

Since you insiste on going there... "My other account says: Member for 5 years 52 weeks"


What is your OTHER ACCOUNT username?

Billy the Poet's picture


It's not A SECRET.

Now you answer a question for me. What was the most convincing argument francis ever made against Zionists? Let's see something you found intriquing and which you would repeat to your friends and family in order to show them the truth about Israel. Please copy and paste below.

A Pimp's love is different's picture

BTW ~ The July 2012 was a typo, it was July 2013 to be exact, which still makes the above assessment valid.

Billy the Poet's picture

The point is that your facts were in error. But why waste time trying to cover up old mistakes when you haven't answered my question?  It doesn't work for Hillary, it isn't going to work for you either.