I teach a Media Issues class at the school. It’s my baby. I wrote the curriculum before I went to grad school, and I’m super-lucky to be able to teach it again.
Today we started the news unit. Students listed the major news outlets (ABC, NBC, FOX, etc). and then I asked about ownership.
“Who owns ABC?” I asked.
“Disney,” someone replied.
“Who owns NBC?” I asked.
“Universal? GE?” were the uncertain–and mostly correct–replies.
“Who owns CBS?”
“Viacom,” I continued, and at least most of them knew Viacom also owned MTV and Nickelodeon.
We talked for a second about how corporate ownership impacts the news available to the public. And then I asked,
“Who owns Fox news?”
From the back, a student who half the time I think isn’t paying attention said:
“The Republican Party.”