Jack LancasterTHE GREAT TRUST Controls America And MoreFri Mar 9, 2007 00:01
Forbes ranks two media billionaires, Silvio Berlusconi and Rupert Murdoch, at numbers 3 and 4 in the world in terms of power and influence even though their wealth is ranked 45 and 54 respectively. Italy's Prime Minister owes much of his influence to Fininvest, his investment firm that owns 49% of Mediaset, Italy's largest television network. He also has interests in banking, insurance and publishing.(25) Murdoch's media empire includes NewsCorporation and its U.K. subsidiary News International, British Sky Broadcasting Group, Sky Global Networks Inc. and Fox Entertainment Group. Besides T.V. networks and newspapers, this group also owns the publisher HarperCollins.(26)(27)
Two sisters Anne and Barbara Cox own 98% of Cox Enterprises which controls 17 daily newspapers (including flagship Atlanta Journal-Constitution), 15 TV stations, 78 radio stations and cable systems (6.5 million users). Their personal wealth is estimated to be $11billion each.(28)Two thirds of Viacom's voting stock is controlled by Sumner Redstone whose personal wealth is estimated at $9.7 billion.(29)Viacom now owns CBS, Infinity Broadcasting, Paramount, Nickelodeon, MTV, and Blockbuster. In 1980 Ted Turner launched America's first 24 hr. cable news service, CNN. Turner Broadcasting Systems was bought by Time Warner in 1996 but Turner remains Time Warner's largest individual shareholder (only 1% at June 2003) and sits on its board.(30)
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild used to sit on the board of The Daily Telegraph (31) and Edouard de Rothschild bought the controlling stake in French left-wing newspaper, Liberation, in December 2004. (32)
From July 1999 to March 2002, The Carlyle Group, an $18 billion private equity firm, held a 40% stake in the French daily Le Figaro. Carlyle Group investors have included Frank Carlucci, former U.S. Defense Secretary and Deputy Director of the CIA; the Bin Laden family; and former heads of state, George Bush Sr. and John Major. In March 2004, Le Figaro was purchased by Serge Dassault, head of Dassault Aviation a major military contractor.(33)
However, ownership, directorship and censorship is not the whole story of media manipulation. Much of what appears in the press is shaped by the education of journalists and their sources. The roots of the 'psychological operation' are in the schools, universities, charities, think-tanks and policy institutes - the subject of the next chapter.
Chapter 2 End Notes
1. Dr. Stanley Monteith, The Brotherhood of Darkness, Hearthstone Publishing, 2000, p.15
2. G. Edward Griffin, World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17, American Media, second edition 1997, p.183
3. Manning P, Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile. Secaucus, NJ: Lyle Stuart, 1981, pp. 29, 56, 69, 116-17; 134-35. see article by Dr Leonard Horowitz at
4. G. Edward Griffin, op cit.,p.236
5. G. Edward Griffin, The Creature from Jekyll Island, American Media, Fourth Edition, 2002, p.482 and Antony C. Sutton, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, CSG and Associates, 1976 p.164
6. Griffin, World Without Cancer, pp.187-189
7. International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ),The Water Barons, a report for The Center for Public Integrity, 2003. See http://www.icij.org/water/default.aspx
8. Bill Marsden, Cholera and The Age of The Water Barons, The Center for Public Integrity, 2003. See http://www.icij.org/water/report.aspx?sid=ch&rid=44&aid=44
9. Impact of Wal-Mart on Retail Consolidation and Standardization, Infosys Technologies Ltd.
10. What's Wrong With Supermarkets? CorporateWatch.
11. James A. Paul, Iraq: the Struggle for Oil , Global Policy Forum, August, 2002 (revised December, 2002). See http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/oil/2002/08jim.htm#4
12. Jobs slashed at new oil colossus, BBC news, London, 1 December 1998. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/the_company_file/222402.stm
13. The 2003 Global Scoreboard, BusinessWeek Online, November 2003.
14. The United States of Television, Global Policy Forum.
15. EU Court Boosts Foreign Mergers, Global Policy Forum.
16. French Rothschild is set to take helm in London, Charles Pretzlik, Banking Editor, The Financial Times, London, 10 February 2003.
17. Horses, stamps, cars - and an invisible portfolio, The Guardian, London, 30 May 2002. See
18. Robert Gaylon Ross Sr.
19. Dr. Alexandr Nemets, Expert: Russia Knew in Advance, Encouraged Citizens to Cash Out Dollars, Newsmax.com, 17 Sept. 2001. See http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2001/9/16/103951.shtml
20. Arnold and Buffett's Loaded Elephant Gun? Buffett's Back with the Terminator!, Reuters
24 Sept. 2002 .
See copy at http://www.infowars.com/print/nwo/schwartz_roths.htm
21. Monteith, op cit., p.31
22. Hans Ruesch, The Drug Story.
23. Dr Leonard G. Horowitz, Death In The Air, Tetrahedron Publishing Group, 2001 p.364.
24. Robert Lenzner, Press Lord Pressed, Forbes Magazine, 26 May 2003.
25. The 10 Most Powerful Billionaires, Forbes Magazine, 17 March 2003.
26. Keith Rupert Murdoch, tearsheet, Forbes Magazine, November 2003.
27. Who Owns What: News Corporation, Columbia Journalism Review, 21 July 2003.
28. Star Power, Forbes Magazine, 10 June 2003.
29. Sumner M Redstone, World's Richest People 2003, Forbes Magazine.
30. Robert E. (Ted) Turner, World's Richest People 2003. Forbes Magazine.
31. Dominic Rush, Black narcissi, The Times Business section, 28 March 2004
32.Colin Randall, Banker sets sights on Left-wing newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, 15 December 2004
33. Dassault Buys Le Figaro from the Carlyle Group, policestateplanning.com
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