Billionaires Control the Media

Billionaires Control the Media


Billionaires control the media, and it is
undermining democracy. “This is a great set of papers”
“I’ve had such fun out there reading those papers
anyone who thinks politics are boring would have their
mind changed by these papers. The Sun, Times, Mail, Metro and Telegraph
are all owned by individuals who are incredibly wealthy and don’t even pay taxes in the
UK. There’s Rupert Murdoch who founded NewsCorp
whose UK arm, News UK, owns the Sun and Times stables.
He lives in the US where he is a citizen. There’s Viscount Rothermere with the Mail,
Mail on Sunday and Metro – he lives in France and is a non-dom. And there are the Barclay Brothers
with the Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph – not to mention Spectator –
twins so cartoonishly bad they have a secret layer in the Channel Islands. Murdoch leads the pack in wealth and is worth
around $20 billion; the Barclay brothers are worth £8 billion;
while the fourth Viscount Rothermere is worth a comparatively measly £1 billion. Rothermere, like his father before him,
is based in France with his business interests operating through a complex arrangement of
offshore holdings and trusts. The Barclay Brothers operate not just from
their private island but also Monaco. Like Rothermere they too are non-doms although
they claim that is for…health reasons. Ever thought about maybe just trying a gym
membership? All of these individuals use their papers
to ensure their vested interests – as a wealthy elite – are best served.
For example: ensuring any potential government is committed
not only to low taxes for the rich but also isn’t serious about tax avoidance. What is more they lobby for privatisation
and outsourcing to always be preferred, no matter the cost or the catalogue of failure.
Why? Because both act as a machine to take money
from ordinary people and give it to the rich. So every time you walk past the newspaper
stand in the supermarket or at the petrol station
remember, it is this handful of billionaires whose opinions
you are staring at. It’s like that stupid facebook post your
uncle sometimes makes except rather than ignoring it once a month
you have to see it everywhere, everyday. All these media barons have backed the Tories
in recent elections – not only through endorsements from their
papers but personally: favoured Cameron and knew him,
while Murdoch entered 10 Downing Street literally ‘through the back door’
following the 2010 election when Cameron wished to thank him for his support. “Why did you enter the backdoor
at number 10 when you visited the prime minister following the last general election?” “because I was asked it” More than just supporting the Tories,
in the past the Barclay Brothers have even donated them money. Guys, you’re not supposed to make it that
obvious! Now we’re supposed to believe that these
moneybags don’t interfere in what their papers say,
but they do. Harold Evans, a former editor at the Sunday
Times, spoke of how he was often rebuked for
“not doing what he [Murdoch] wants in political terms”
and how the two almost had “fisticuffs” after he published an article by the economist
James Tobin which Murdoch disagreed with. David Yelland, former editor at the Sun,
made a similar admission but went even further saying “Most Murdoch editors wake up in
the morning, switch on the radio, hear that something has
happened and think: what would Rupert think about this…
you look at the world through Rupert’s eyes.” Now they don’t own these papers out of
the goodness of their hearts, these are ultra-wealthy, powerful individuals
who own newspapers, which often make no money, because they want to influence
political outcomes in a decisive way. This is one of the most insidious ways of
undermining democratic politics. Recently there was a confected outrage
over a WhatsApp group which included left wing journalists
and labour party press officers. The criticism was that these journalists
were taking their cues from Labour party HQ and acting as nothing more than messengers.
But while the left had a dozen people blinking at their smartphones
– the Tories, and the press barons, had coordinated attack lines across
the pages of the country’s most widely read sunday papers. There they lambasted Labour’s spending commitments,
despite Labour having not actually published a manifesto,
plucking a £1.2 trillion figure from thin air. “Every single costing in this dossier
has either come from Labour’s own figures most of them actually 50%
come from Labour’s own figures. The rest of them have come from independent
external sources and in some cases yes we have had to work them out ourselves.” The fact is Labour is going to go on a wreckless
spendathon this country has never known anything like” The tories making up Labour’s numbers and
then attacking them – you’d think this was such a crazy story
it would be ignored, and it was…. That is unless you count the
front pages of the sun, Mail on Sunday and Sunday telegraph. “Claim from the conservative party
that Labour’s general election policies will cost the country a total of £1.2 TRILLION” “Sunday Telegraph that also leads with the
same claim saying the conservatives will publish a dossier
setting out calculations which they say show the true cost of a Labour government” Just days before that ‘story’ landed,
the Editor and Political Editor of the Daily Mail
were seen walking into Number 10, but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence
– after all there’s no precedent for such closeness
between these papers and a Tory Prime Minister. It’s not like Margaret Thatcher literally
wrote the front page headline for the Daily Mail the day after
she won the 1987 general election. “actually she did” She did?! The BBC – a public service broadcaster
– is meant to be a counterweight to this – offering an impartial perspective.
But while it does control a large portion of broadcast news,
it often just follows the agenda set by Fleet Street. “The Daily Mail – fury over Corybn Isis
Chief Gaffe” “Labour’s four-day week to cost the taxpayers
£17bn” “The Sun’s headline ‘Cheers Nige’
over a picture of Boris Johnson holding up a pint” This is most obvious on programs with a paper
review. Ostensibly these shows are just impartially
reporting on what the papers have said. But when the papers they cover are overwhelmingly
owned by billionaire Tory supporters, the message that gets through is the one set out
by their newspapers. I can’t remember the number of times a guest
on a politics show said ‘its looking bad for labour’ while glazing
over universally hostile front pages. “Here’s the Mail on Sunday: Today Britain
could have begun to heal after the end of our Brexit purgatory.”
“there’s a take on this in the Sunday Times talking about Labour’s hypocrisy over
this issue” “You might not know it from reading these
newspapers, and lots of things saying Downing Street, Macron, Merkel might not give us a
deal watch out – you know – they will give us an extension.”
“A lot of the vociferous supporters of Corbyn aren’t MPs partly because a lot of the politicians
don’t want him to become prime minister” “Corbyn and labour bashing, the Daily Mail
has pictured – Corbyn, McDonnell and Diane Abbott on their front page”
“You know Lord Rothermere is a tax dodger” “well let’s not talk personal slurs, let’s
not get into any of that” “Well no, it’s about… yeah” Look, I’ve done these shows before. When
you highlight the structural dynamic people at play – people look at you as if you were
David Cameron on a pig farm walking around with a giant tube of vaseline. It goes beyond just paper ‘reviews’.
The newspapers, despite dwindling readerships, often set the news agenda for broadcast more
generally. From the Today Program when you wake up
to Newsnight when you go to bed, these shows reinforce the agenda of the print
newspapers, an agenda that is set by billionaires. It happens across the board, but in the case
of the BBC this is effectively a public subsidy for the
likes of Murdoch, Rothermere and the Barclays.
So even though people are buying fewer papers –
the BBC ensure that these outlets still find a national audience for their message. So in effect you are paying £140 a year so
that billionaires can tell you what to think? Whatever politics show you watch or listen
to, someone from one of the media baron-owned
outlets will almost always feature. When you see
Julia Hartley-Brewer or Isabelle Oakshot on question time remember both work for Murdoch
outlets; when you hear Fraser Nelson or Allister Heath
– recall how they work for publications owned
by the Barclays; Is it any wonder people in the media freaked
out when Lloyd Russell Moyle – a Labour MP – said we shouldn’t have billionaires at
all. “Billionaires? Why on earth shouldn’t
people be able to be billionaires” For the Conservatives these people aren’t
just a donation piggybank, they also bankroll the media empires – that make sure that political
and economic alternatives aren’t given a fair hearing.
Things can’t change because a small clique of billionaires say they can’t. Just remember that the next time you see a
headline in print, on the radio or TV. Ask yourself who said it and in what paper? And
then ask who owns that paper, what they are worth and which party they support. And when
you arrive at an answer to that you’ll know whether or not to take that headline seriously. The chances are you shouldn’t.

31 Comments on "Billionaires Control the Media"


  1. This, coupled with the Tory and Lib Dem mass social media fake news campaign!
    Imagine a fair media and widespread use of fact checking. Labour would win every election lol

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  2. One objection: these people are not ‘worth’ £x billion, they own £x billion. They are worth exactly what every other human life is worth. Don’t stoop to the level of the US media by equating what you have with what you’re worth.

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  3. I'll be linking this to every single right winger I encounter online who wants to draw a line between the elites they like to whine about and those very same elites who they get their news from.

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  4. Big, empty, brain numbing, soul sucking numbers measure the darkness and ignorance (absence of love) that a black hole in space called ego posses.

    Stark, sterile, space stations floating in emptiness and futuristic bombers measure the pride and imagination of the ego. Not intelligence.

    The billionaire vampires (ego/ greed) experience perpetual pain and suffering because they never get enough.

    Their misery is so great that the counting corpses (vampires must sanction, starve, torture, murder and bomb the hell out of human beings (hearts/love. How unfortunate that the billionaires don't know what real pain and suffering is.

    And how unfortunate that they are programming US.

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  5. Thank you Novara Media for this important piece. I constantly try to explain this very issue to my friends and family, people are just so brainwashed that it becomes very disheartening a lot of the time. Trying to change a habit of a lifetime is very hard a frustrating, especially when the facts make it soooooo obviously true!!

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  6. Where is the movement to stop the empire? I'm sick of reading and watching videos about how fucked things are. Why aren't we organizing people with our "content" rather than just informing? We all know imperialism and capitalism need to end. We all know of the genocide and environmental destruction it brings. We need to do something now. It's time to use media to mobilize an international revolution. We need to prioritize the goal of the content we create to be actually getting people together, on the ground, doing something about it. There is no future if we do not take action, and it needs to happen now.

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  7. google – far-left
    twitter – far-left
    facebook – far-left
    bbc – far-left
    cnn – far-left
    msnbc – far-left
    hollywood – far-left
    netflix – far-left
    vox – far-left
    ny times – far- left
    huffington post – far-left
    washington post – far-left
    to name a few. Who are you trying to kid? You have plenty of support from the mainstream

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  8. Great video.
    I also think it would be worth doing a video on the liberal press. As Chomsky says, they are the ones who set the boundaries of ‘reasonable’ discussion.
    I think figures like James O’Brien have played a more considerable role in making another Tory government (and thus, brexit) more likely than people realise.
    O’Brien, writers for the guardian, telegraph and others have played a crucial role in herding educated opinion towards disfavouring Corbyn and labour.

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  9. Let's be honest the majority off the English are not the brightest bunch, need to lift wiser minds in working class up, Who Would u say you represent Novara the middle class, Minorities, Working Class who in population do you lot want to lift up

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  10. Why should the amount of money people have prejudice our opinion of them?

    One could ask : Who do you work for? Which philosophy are you a mouthpiece of? – It’s fair enough to question somebody’s opinions but not to question the motive behind that opinion as that is known only to themselves. The newspapers following a certain point view is no more illegitimate than this channel pushing its view.

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