One of those five who own 90% of the media is the 5th largest corporation in the nation, and all the other top contenders are oil baron enclaves, except one.
The lack of freedom is especially noticeable when the government wants to suppress the free speech of those who oppose government opinions, and the 90% of the "free" press "willingly" oblige.
It is not that way in all countries, however, for there are some good examples of a true and more free press out there.
One of the largest newspapers, the Asahi Shimbun (the national newspaper with a daily circulation of over eight million) is an example. Japanese newspapers are doing much better than U.S. newspapers are.
Asahi Shimbun has something in common with the Canadian CBC, they do not have to fear their governments like the press in the United States does.
At least when it comes to "conspiracy theories" that is.
The U.S. government has hired people to infiltrate and disrupt certain movements they do not want you to know about.
So, they are pulling the wool over your eyes with your tax dollars, if there is any left over after giving it to those poor needy too-big-to-fail banks.
Yes, propaganda became a world wide effort of the U.S. military during the Bush II years, according to the CEO of the Associated Press.
Too bad he did not know about a site that would have helped him not become a tool of propagandists.
UPDATE: We can add the British Press to those who are not intimidated by MOMCOM.
They just released a report, under threat of the U.S. government not to do so or else, about the U.S. torture of British citizens.
The following seven paragraphs had been redacted. The U.S. government threatened the British government not to release the information:
It was reported that a new series of interviews was conducted by the United States authorities prior to 17 May 2001 [*possible typo?] as part of a new strategy designed by an expert interviewer.(British Government). We have published posts on this blog that point out that they were spying on Americans before 9/11, and they were torturing people to get them to lie to the 9/11 Commission.
v) It was reported that at some stage during that further interview process by the United States authorities, BM had been intentionally subjected to continuous sleep deprivation. The effects of the sleep deprivation were carefully observed.
vi) It was reported that combined with the sleep deprivation, threats and inducements were made to him. His fears of being removed from United States custody and “disappearing” were played upon.
vii) It was reported that the stress brought about by these deliberate tactics was increased by him being shackled in his interviews
viii) It was clear not only from the reports of the content of the interviews but also from the report that he was being kept under self-harm observation, that the inter views were having a marked effect upon him and causing him significant mental stress and suffering.
ix) We regret to have to conclude that the reports provide to the SyS made clear to anyone reading them that BM was being subjected to the treatment that we have described and the effect upon him of that intentional treatment.
x) The treatment reported, if had been administered on behalf of the United Kingdom, would clearly have been in breach of the undertakings given by the United Kingdom in 1972. Although it is not necessary for us to categorise the treatment reported, it could readily be contended to be at the very least cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities
*UPDATE: The date of "17 May 2001" may be a typo in the court order.