The Media Monopoly’s ‘Code of Silence’

(This editorial by Ian Woods is on page 2 of the new issue of Global Outlook, which is dedicated to re-presenting and analyzing recent MSM coverage of 9/11 activism. Highly recommended. -r.)

The Media Monopoly’s ‘Code of Silence’
Global Outlook, Summer, 2007

by Ian Woods

Bill O’Reilly, the infamous right-wing TV host of The O’Reilly Factor, asked one of his guests the other day an interesting question about the claim that “9/11 was an inside job”. (Kevin Barrett on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’, Fox News, Dec. 19, 2006)

O’Reilly: “If there is any evidence for this story, it would be all over the place. … Why won’t any major, responsible news organization print this stuff? … It would be the story of the century. It’s no place.”

My answer to this conundrum is that the major news organizations aren’t responsible ... at least to the public’s interests. Instead they are responsible to the corporate masters they serve. Hence the media blackout on any alternative theories about what might have happened on 9/11 and furthermore the lack of political will to re-open 9/11, despite the hundreds of unanswered questions.

There are two factors involved here. One is the amount of media concentration and the other is who it is that controls that concentration. There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s capitalist neoconservatives that are controlling the US mainstream media and they are tied into the military-industrial-complex as well as Big Oil. War suits them just fine and the holy “war on terror” which “will not end in our lifetimes” – as Dick Cheney proudly says – is their trillion dollar dream come true.

The first factor is also a major part of the problem, because it’s a lot easier to control a handful of big companies than hundreds of little ones. It’s the essence of monopoly capitalism. The less competition, the more control you have of the news you report and the easier it is to ‘manufacture consent’ – in this case the consent to carrying on the “war on terror.”

Media baron Ted Turner apparently agrees: “There’s really five companies that control 90 percent of what we read, see and hear. It’s not healthy,” he said. (John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney in FCC: Public Be Damned, June 2, 2003.) These five huge US communications groups control 85% of prime-time viewing (according to FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps at Columbia Law School, Jan. 16, 2003).

Others say: “Six major companies control most of the media in our country.” (Common Cause and Wikipedia, May 21, 2007.) Together they “own more than 90% of the media holdings in the United States.” The difference in opinion apparently is that the sixth company, which is German, is more involved in publishing in the US than in television broadcasting. But it does have a huge impact on the print media in the US.


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Here’s an acronym I have come up with to make it easier to remember the BIG SIX media conglomerates, so you can tell your friends:
D-A-VI-GE-RM-BAG (Pronounced: “Davi-germ-bag”).

Here’s the list of who owns what (with approximate sales in 2005, according to


Disney (owns ABC, Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista, Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures, Miramax Films, the History Channel, A&E, Discover magazine, etc. – with $34B in sales);


AOL/Time Warner (owns CNN, HBO, Warner Bros. Film and TV Production, Castle Rock, TIME, Sports Illustrated, People, Entertainment Weekly, Money, Fortune, Netscape, etc.– with $53B in sales);


Viacom (owns CBS, Paramount Pictures, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Blockbusters, Showtime, MTV, The Movie Channel and Nickelodeon, BET, Nickelodeon, etc. – with $28B in sales);


General Electric (owns NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo, Universal Pictures and 13 televison stations, etc. besides being heavily involved in the aerospace and arms industry, etc. – with $163B in sales);


Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation (owns FOX TV, DirecTV, TV Guide, New York Post, The Weekly Standard, Harper Collins, Twentieth Century Fox and MySpace, etc. – with $31B in sales).


Bertelsmann AG – One of the world’s top media firms, owns Europe’s RTL TV, Random House, Bantam Dell, Doubleday, Alfred A. Knopf, Vintage Books, etc. – with $21B in sales.

Can you imagine a board meeting between the owners of these companies in some Caribbean resort far away from the prying eyes of the public? It would be easy enough for them to agree to back George Bush’s ‘official story’ of 9/11 and deep-six any other conspiracy theories. You could call it a gentlemen’s agreement – held in a code of silence between them all. After all, it wouldn’t be good for business if the ‘war on terror’ came to a grinding halt, would it?

Well that’s the feeling I get when I see such little coverage of the truth about what really happened on 9/11.

What we decided to do with this issue of Global Outlook was to bring together all the major coverage of the 9/11 Truth movement into one place and examine it for five things: objectivity, accuracy, fairness, quality and quantity. The results you will find astounding. The 46 major articles and broadcast transcripts we found (that appeared in the mainstream media or on network television broadcasts over the last 16 months) are only a drop in the bucket compared to the millions of articles and segments broadcast by those same outlets which take for granted the veracity of the official White House version of 9/11 and how we should react to it.

You will discover, after examining these 46 articles and broadcasts, that there is indeed ample evidence that the mainstream media (MSM) is not only complicit in a cover-up of the facts and evidence surrounding the most important event in modern times, but that they are co-conspirators in 9/11 – undoubtedly the greatest crime of all time. I encourage you to examine these articles and make up your own mind.

I would like to thank all the contributors to this issue, especially my colleague Barrie Zwicker, who had a field day exposing all the censorship and B.S. we’ve been spoon-fed by the MSM. You’ll get a chuckle reading his colorful critiques which follow every article and all but one TV segment. But you may also cry a little when you realize how much we have been deceived – and at such a cost! – by those we used to trust in the mainstream media. Well, good riddance to bad rubbish. Let’s go with the alternative (indy) media and support the truth! ■

Ian Woods is publisher and editor of Global Outlook – the Magazine of 9/11 Truth –
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Hi Reprehensor,

Hi Reprehensor,

A very nice post.

Besides 9-11 conspiracy, I think the MSM has also failed to cover the important issue as described in the link below:

This reveals a bit about who those big corporations support. Maybe the IDF is a good client of the MIC. What do you think?

A Filipino for 9-11 truth

If Americans Knew was started by a media person who went in search of the truth. Excellent group. And their documentary is very cheap. I bought 25 to give away!

It is tragic and funny... the same time how US and foreign media keeps referencing each other in their attempt to calm down their respective audiences.

[loosely paraphrasing:]
O'Reilly: "Why wouldn't some leftist newspaper like LeMonde, etc. pick up this topic if there was really something to it?"

Hitchins (one of the two pro-OCT patsies on BBC interview where DRG and D.Shayler were interviewed): "The US is the most open, leak-prone society in the world with a free press, yet, they have found nothing."

its a global battle for media control,. .

Yeah its not just US of A, Canada is as good as the same, some different pirates in charge up here,.
And now the Carlyle Group a PNAC filled arms dealing bank, (or more accuratlly fascist pirate cartel!) is looking to buy out British cable company Virgin Media at the small price of 23 billion!

Thing is,. these people (if we can still call these scum sacks people) have an endless supply of capital,. where do you think the 2.3 trillion missing pentagon money went? Where do you think all this cash the PNAC/CIA bastards have been leaching out of the public is going,. these no bid contrcts where no work is done, and no products delivered,. and the money goes into some Death Eaters hands,. and they continue to spead death and lies with it,.
We have to stop all support of the corporate control system, .we need to be building comunities that are outside the system,. off grid and sustainably self sufficent,. and from there; work to convert more people from the Death Eater corporate war machine, to the BRIGHT GREEN FUTURE. We need to establish free towns and cites,. and implement municipal bilaws against coprorate rule and economic controls,. I for one will move to the first place I hear of that out laws internal combustion engines, pesticieds, and unsolicited mail, email, and phonecalls,. just some pet peeves of mine,. i guess., but where are the alternatives to suberban walmart dependant america,. ???

Speaking of global silence

Speaking of global silence on 9-11, is there any country out there where 9-11 truth has penetrated the mainstream news, or at least made a significant dent in alternative/independent news?

There is already scattered news coverage in Canada and UK I think.

US, UK, Australian and Canadian media probably answer to the same masters. But they can't be everywhere. Maybe some third world or Scandinavian country they left out of their plans already has 9-11 in the news. Anyone, anywhere?

A Filipino for 9-11 truth