Op-Ed: The Institution of Presstitution

by Michael Rogers

We live in an extraordinary time in human history.

There’s a war going on, and you probably never even realized it was happening.

The war is taking place on an intangible battlefield called your mind. The stakes are what you’ll accept as true and what you’ll believe is false. Your main weapon in this fight is research and your main source of protection is knowledge. Believe it, or not, your beliefs are a valuable commodity in this world, and there are people willing to fight and die a real death to make sure your beliefs line up a certain way.

Me? I just want you to believe whatever it is you came to believe on your own, without someone encouraging you to believe something one way or the other. I just want your beliefs and ideas to be truly yours, not someone else’s. 

A long time ago, Oscar Wilde said:

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

How right he was. We need to break away from this mode of thinking to get away from presstitution. 

The 45th President of the United States wrote this last Friday:

and posted it to his Twitter account for the world to see, and you know what?

It’s about time someone in his position took a hard stand against presstitution.

As far back as 1983 there were choices. There were opinions. People could gather their news and form ideas from a myriad of sources. Through corporate buy-outs and consolidation, this is no longer true.

The media is now owned by six mega-corporations. Who are they? For the sake of brevity, let’s look at just one of them a little more closely:

Comcast

Comcast is a monster of a corporation. It owns and controls NBCUniversal (along with several television stations in key markets like WNBC 4 in New York and KNBC 4 in Los Angeles), The Telemundo Station Group (again along with several key television stations in several key markets), NBCUniversal Television Distribution, NBC Entertainment, NBC (including prime time and late night programming, business affairs, West Coast research, marketing, public relations, and network scheduling), NBC Studios, Universal Television, NBCUniversal News Group which breaks down into NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, Peacock Productions, The Weather Channel, and WeatherScan.

Comcast also owns EMKA Ltd.

Comcast owns and controls NBCUniversal Cable which holds Bravo Network, E!, USA Network, CNBC World, NBC Universo, Chiller, SyFy, Universal HD, Esquire Network (joint venture with Hearst), Sprout.

Comcast also owns and controls International Media Distribution and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises which holds NBC Universo, Telemundo (along with both its Puerto Rico and Telemundo Studios), and TeleXitos.

Comcast owns and controls the NBC Sports group which holds NBC Sports, The Golf Channel, GolfNow, NBCSN, Alli Sports. NBC Sports Group owns shares in joint ventures with the MLB Netork, SportsNet New York, NHL Network. Comcast has either interest holdings or outright ownership of Comcast SportsNet in every major viewing market in the United States.

Comcast owns and controls NBCUniversal International networks. Suffice to say, it owns networks in several other countries worldwide, but my focus here is the United States.

Comcast owns and controls the DreamWorks Channel. It owns and controls NBCUniversal Digital, which owns 30% of HULU. It owns Seeso and Shift outright. It owns 70% of Fandango (joint venture with Time Warner) and includes stake in FandangoNow Fandango Movie Clips, Flixter, and the movie review site, Rotten Tomatoes.

Comcast also owns and controls Universal Filmed Entertainment Group which includes such gems as Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, Dreamworks, Focus Features, Working Title Films, High Top Releasing, and Gramercy Pictures.

I’ve only included media-related assets in this article. The true vastness of the global empire that is Comcast can be further explored at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assets_owned_by_Comcast

As of this writing, Comcast is worth $74.51 billion dollars.

NBCUniversal alone is worth $28.46 billion dollars.

So What Does It Mean?

It’s simple.

Comcast is a publicly traded company. Brian L. Roberts is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Comcast. He is the son of its co-founder Ralph Roberts. Brian Roberts owns or controls just over 1% of all Comcast shares, but ALL of the Class B super-voting shares, which gives him an “undilutable 33-1/3% voting power over the company“. Roberts’ personal net worth (as of 2015) is $1.7 billion dollars and is paid an annual salary of $26.4 million dollars.

Brian L. Roberts – if you’re an NBC viewer – he is your god

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In effect, Mr. Roberts has a 1/6th controlling share over everything you believe in if your primary source of information is television and movies. How well do you know Mr. Roberts? Do you trust him with decisions you might make with investing for your future or how you feel about a presidential candidate? What are his core beliefs? What are his politics? Before you read this article, you probably never even heard of the guy, but without your knowledge, his influence in your day-to-day life is absolutely pivotal. More-so if your prime source of news and information is NBC, then Mr. Roberts’ world view becomes critical because it’s your world view, too.

Just One Example

This is just one small example, broken down, to demonstrate to you how much people you don’t know influence your life. There are five other corporations who own the rest of main stream media.

I chose the one with the most net worth as my example, but the others are no less influential. Corporations like The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Time Warner, the CBS Corporation, and Viacom along with Comcast make up the big six corporations that own more than 90% of everything you read and watch on television – or watch in a movie theater. Between them they own every newspaper and every news channel.

President Trump is 1,000% correct when he states these people are your enemies. They certainly aren’t your friends.

Now I’m not talking about the rank-and-file, nine-to-five, doing a job, everyday people who occupy the bottom of each individual subsidiary company these corporations own.

I’m talking about CNN reporters, bought and paid for by Time Warner, who as a corporation detests many of the policies Donald Trump is trying to bring about as President of the United States. CNN sends these reporters into news conferences like attack dogs to skew facts and repeat lies until people believe they’re truths.

I’m talking about the producers of news programs in these alphabet networks who’ve sold they’re souls for cash and whatever else who threaten these reporters and anchors with their jobs if they don’t do and say what they’re told to.

Mainly though, mainly I’m talking about people at the top, people like Brian Roberts, who profit from your intellectual laziness and encourage it at every turn. There’s a reason why what they show on television is referred to as “programming“.

Hell, there’s a reason why the flicker rate of a television monitor is what it is.

Programming

There are five primary states of human consciousness. They are alpha, beta, theta, delta, and gamma. Your brain will “tune in” to a device producing any of these waves and harmonize with it.

A television emits alpha waves.

If you sit in front of a television long enough, your brain will tune in to those alpha waves and your brain will go into its alpha state. Alpha state is where the brain is during hypnosis and just before sleep. You’re highly susceptible to suggestions in this brain state.

Does this sound familiar? Have you been so tuned in to television watching you find you can’t break away from it? Getting off the couch seems like too much effort? You’re hungry, but you can’t break away? You need to use the bathroom, and you’re promising yourself you’ll get up and go in another five minutes, which turns into a half-an-hour?

This isn’t an accident. Television commercials with subliminal messages and symbolism in them are no accident either. The television purposely lulls you into a trance and then advertisers hit you with a barrage of messages to go out and consume their useless junk. While in this state, reporters and news anchors will fill your head with useless information their corporate masters want you to know.

Before you even realize it, you’re inadvertently repeating these key “facts” and phrases to your co-workers at work the morning following your evening television session (and probably silently complimenting yourself about what a good memory you have).

While you’re in an alpha brain state, you’re bombarded with programming that’s nothing more than thinly-veiled social engineering (dramas and situation comedies). You’re being taught by the box how to behave and how to react to stimuli.

Your best bet is to avoid television as much as possible.

Research

Do your own research on these subjects and draw your own conclusions. Don’t just take my word for it – find things out and discover information for yourself. I’m not an authority on anything. I just gather my information from a myriad of sources and draw my own conclusions based upon what I read and see.

We live in an age of information. We live in a time of an information war. Your mind is at stake. Your best weapon in this age and time is research.

One thing television does in its news reporting is it cultivates people called “anchors” who read the information to you the networks want you to know. You’re literally spoon-fed so-called facts. They’re usually avuncular old men, like Walter Cronkite or Dan Rather. Fatherly or grandfatherly men who sit in front of you and with a calm, reassuring voice telling you what’s true and how you should feel about it. It’s why the alphabet networks keep these men around for so long, over time they build up trust and rapport with their viewers. They’ll give you what they tell you is a set of facts, then they’ll bring in a person you’ve never heard of called an “expert” to interpret these so-called facts and leave you with an opinion the sage old father-figure says you should trust and believe.

It’s been going on since the advent of television.

Yet, even by their own admission, their paradigm is collapsing. Only six-percent of people in the United States believe in what these jokers have to say:

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/bad-news-just-6-percent-people-say-they-trust-media-n557591

What I’m saying is question every word I’ve written here and find out for yourself. I’m not avuncular and I’m not an expert. I’m a person like you’re a person and I make mistakes. My goal here isn’t to have you walk away from this article with an opinion, I want you to walk away with more questions burning in your brain that demand answers.