How true is the Dictator's quote "US media is free but controlled by one person and his family"?

One of the memorable quote from the movie The Dictator is when the General sarcastically try to convince Americans about the supposed benefits of dictatorships:

How true is the bolded accusation? At least about the major traditional media (e.g. television and big newspapers), how true is the accusation that they are ultimately owned by a very small group of people?

Rupert Moloch.

I mean, Murdoch.

Im guessing not true at all. I also assume the term “media” here is being used in an old fashioned pre internet sense. Taking no account of internet news sites, blogs and such.

Not true. It is at least five people and their families.

Not true at all. Everyone know it’s the Stonecutters.

Yep. The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, and Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with his wee beady eyes, and that smug look on his face. “Oh, you’re gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!”

One of my Facebook buddies posted about the anti-Israeli media.

Um, don’t they control the media and Hollywood? :stuck_out_tongue:

Time Warner

Source = Forbes

These companies just sprinkle a little news in with all their advertising, just sit a watch any of the above’s news casts and it’s like better than WebMD.

If the aliens are watching our broadcast signals, they’ve got to be wondering how we managed to populate a whole planet when so many of us can’t maintain an erection.

Are we talking about both the Liberal Media and the Regular Media?

Galaxy Quest comes to mind …

Clear Channel?

“Clear Channel’s a dear channel”…

-Erick Idle’s “F*** the FCC” song.

The movie “The Dictator”? :confused:

Is that the one where Charlie Chaplin looks like Hitler?

I’m pretty sure the OP is referring to “The Dictator” and not “The Great Dictator”. At least, I don’t recall Charlie Chaplin ever using the phrase “you guys”.

Keith Olbermann?

Or any phrase, for that matter.

I believe that the fact that the public is aware of all the other things being insinuated at, like torturing prisoners, is a pretty good indicator that even if the media was being controlled by one person, that one person isn’t the dictator of the nation nor in his pocket.

Everybody knows those cutters are nothing but trouble. Especially that one that talks Italian and rides that bike everywhere.

Almost none of it true… but Sacha Baron Cohen thinks all of it is true, and that he made a devastatingly witty satirical condemnation of the USA.

There is no such possibility of a case, assuming it would be an extraordinarily hard job coordinating all media outlets with your beliefs.

Although, I have read some articles about how 6 Companies own 90% percent of the media in US: