New Yorker writer A. J. Liebling put it rather succinctly: “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”

For many years, I dismissed the notion that corporate power in the media had corrupted the news process. But I have had to rethink my position, grudgingly agreeing with the lefties who see problems with corporate ownership of news.

The leftist freepress.org has a useful website to document the concentration of media ownership at https://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart

As AT&T and Time Warner, the owner of CNN, wait for approval of a merger, I couldn’t help but ask whether this concentration of business interests is really good for news consumers. I doubt that the founders anticipated this power.

Journalists like to wrap themselves in the First Amendment, which by the way was actually the Third Amendment when the Bill of Rights was first written. The other two amendments failed in the ratification process, so journalists really weren’t “first” in the grand thought process of the founders. Moreover, the freedoms of religion and speech precede freedom of the press in the First Amendment itself. But I digress.

Here is what Time Warner owns:

Company Overview: Time Warner is the world’s second-largest entertainment conglomerate with ownership interests in film, television and print.

TV: One television station and the Warner Brothers Television Group; Warner Brothers Television; Warner Horizon Television; CW Network (50 percent stake); TBS; TNT; Cartoon Network; truTV; Turner Classic Movies; Boomerang; CNN; HLN; CNN International; HBO; Cinemax; Space; Infinito; I-Sat; Fashion TV; HTV; Much Music; Pogo; Mondo TV; Tabi; CNN Español

Online Holdings: Warner Brothers Digital Distribution; TMZ.com; KidsWB.com

Print: Time, Inc.; 22 magazines including PeopleSports IllustratedTimeLifeInStyleReal SimpleSouthern LivingEntertainment Weekly, and Fortune

Entertainment: Warner Brothers; Warner Brothers Pictures; New Line Cinema; Castle Rock; WB Studio Enterprises, Inc.; Telepictures Productions, Inc.; Warner Brothers Animation, Inc.; Warner Home Video; Warner Premiere; Warner Specialty Films, Inc.; Warner Brothers International Cinemas

Other: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment; DC Entertainment; DC Comics

Here is the rundown for AT&T:

Company Overview: AT&T is the second-largest U.S. wireless provider and the largest company providing local phone service in the U.S. AT&T offers its wireless services to over 97 percent of the U.S. population and serves wired customers in 22 states. AT&T offers cable television services in portions of its service territory under the brand name “U-Verse.”

Does anyone truly believe that this merger would be better for people who want news and information?

Walter Mossberg, the dean of U.S. tech writers, offered his assessment. “If this $85 billion merger goes through, it would, in my view, represent an unhealthy concentration of power between a distributor and a maker of content,” he wrote last year. “For media companies, for consumers, for advertisers, the best solution is to keep distribution and content separate, so consumers and creators meet on a level playing field. AT&T, which seems more excited right now about owning media than running a network, should be forced to choose whether it wants to be in one business or the other.”

Mossberg suggested spinning off CNN into a separate company. I would prefer to see it die on its own.

President Trump has hinted he opposes the merger, mainly because he doesn’t like CNN. I think he should oppose the merger because it would be bad for America.

But, as Liebling reminded us many years ago, “People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.” That holds true today for TV, the internet, and many other “news” outlets.

I went back to my room and thought to myself, “This has happened fr the best. Everyone will see that he’s mad and lock him up…But—would you believe it —-Caligula’s divinity was accepted by everyone without question.

Robert Graves I Claudius 1934

It’s now been 48 hours since the firing of Curt Schilling and all I can think of is the Emperor’s new clothes.

The gist of the story for those who don’t know it is that a pair of con men convince an emperor that they can make cloth that is invisible to those who are incompetent fools and convinced that their inability to see said cloth confirmed their own feelings of inadequacy everyone goes along with it until a young child seeing the Emperor marching in his new clothes says: “But he has nothing on!” and the whole crowd joins the chant.

In the ESPN/Disney version the child is removed from his parents and reeducated and the parents severely punished for daring to contradict the official version of events and held up as an example for those who might be tempted to do the same while at the same time trying to deny that the child ever existed.

Now the logical protest to this would be for men to go to ESPN & and to Disney its parent company put on a wig and enter the ladies rooms and stay there.

Of course one might assume that given their reaction to Mr. Schilling their restrooms might be all unisex, however when somebody asked

After repeated attempts to contact the media giant by the time of this publication, Disney failed to comment to CR on whether or not it would implement gender-neutral bathroom standards at its parks in Southern California and Orlando, Florida. The question was posed in multiple calls made Thursday morning to Disney’s Corporate Communications headquarters, but to no avail. As of the time of this writing, Disney has still not responded to multiple questions about whether it will adopt gender-neutral bathroom policies.

Given their reaction to Mr. Schilling I think the answer to that question at both ESPN and Disney would be obvious but you see while Disney fears being targeted by the organized and well funded LGBT community they fear even more announcing a policy that might persuade parents of children to decide that perhaps the Magic Kingdom isn’t the safest place to take their kids.

Because the real issue isn’t the infinitesimally tiny amount of people who are deluded enough to believe the are a different sex than they actually are, the issue is creating a set of rules that will empower much greater amount of predators who will take advantage of these rules to enable their less than honorable goals.

It’s a combination of fear and narcissism combined that is driving this and the only answer to it is courage and truth.

And that brings us to Pope Francis.

Yesterday I continued my series quoting the Pope’s document Amoris Laetitia that despite being well received & highly spun by the left is packed from beginning to end with orthodox Catholic teaching.

In the aforementioned post I noted this paragraph: (emphasis mine)

56. Yet another challenge is posed by the various forms of an ideology of gender that “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis of the family. This ideology leads to educational programmes and legislative enactments that promote a personal identity and emotional intimacy radically separated from the biological difference between male and female. Consequently, human identity becomes the choice of the individual, one which can also change over time”. It is a source of concern that some ideologies of this sort, which seek to respond to what are at times understandable aspirations, manage to assert themselves as absolute and unquestionable, even dictating how children should be raised. It needs to be emphasized that “biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated”. On the other hand, “the technological revolution in the field of human procreation has introduced the ability to manipulate the reproductive act, making it independent of the sexual relationship between a man and a woman. In this way, human life and parenthood have become modular and separable realities, subject mainly to the wishes of individuals or couples”. It is one thing to be understanding of human weakness and the complexities of life, and another to accept ideologies that attempt to sunder what are inseparable aspects of reality. Let us not fall into the sin of trying to replace the Creator. We are creatures, and not omnipotent. Creation is prior to us and must be received as a gift. At the same time, we are called to protect our humanity, and this means, in the first place, accepting it and respecting it as it was created.

We must conclude therefore by the standards of Disney & ESPN that Pope Francis by publicly making such statement to the world is a bigot who would not be suitable for employment by them.

I think that I would be very interested in seeing Disney & ESPN’S opinion on the subject wouldn’t you?

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This weekend comcast has free Disney movies as a promotion so I watched the classic Mary Poppins one of the favorites of my youth.

Watching the movie not as a kid but as a middle aged science fiction geek I couldn’t help but notice all sorts of interesting things such as dimensionally transcendental bags, travel into other dimensions and various other violations of the laws of physics.

He whole manor just screams Time Lord at me, apparently I’m not the first person to notice this.

This confirms one important thing. I’ve GOT to find work quickly, I’ve got way too much time on my hands.