When the robber barons of the last century were determining how they would protect their interests and help convert democracy into robber baron supporting oligarchy they determined they would need control of the boards of 1/4 of the newspaper- the only real media outlets at the time and also need decades of time. What is Blackrock? It is the number 1 financier of fossil fuels globally- despite lip service about divesting. Who owns Blackrock? Its number 1 share holder is Vangard group, Its number 2 is Blackrock fund advisors. Who owns Yahoo finance? Verizon. Who owns Verizon: Its number one share holder is Vanguard and its number 2 is Blackrock Who owns MSNBC (and all the other NBCs)? Comcast. Who owns Comcast? Its number one share holder is Vanguard group, its number 2 share holder is Blackrock- but there is an oligarchic family there with voting power. Who owns Vanguard. Its number one investor is Blackrock Fund Advisors group. Why doesn't Blackrock just become the primary owner? Too obvious. But Vanguard = Blackrock and Blackrock =Vanguard and together they are #1 and #2 or vice versa Mutal and ETF investors in the world and all of it equals Blackrock Fund Advisors Group and that equals some other stuff like Blackrock Capital Management group and it all goes down a black hole from there. Blackrock is also the largest shareholder in natural gas pusher Deutsche bank.) Come on Vanguard is in majority a mutual fund company owned by its own customers what's wrong with that? 1. Passive investing by shareholders is just wrong beyond belief- a recipe for total disaster on so many levels like automatic loss socializing investment in fossil fuels. 2. Vanguard has actively managed funds which are more of a problem for influence- Vanguard wouldn't even commit to lip service moves on climate like Blackrock, you could say by implication its management is hostile and where it has green fund they were still found to be investing in oil and gas. Are you noticing a hint of a pattern? In practice these are not news outlets they are fossil fuel propaganda and oligarch protection outlets first and foremost. That is their primary reason for being. They exist to placate the public against its own interests. But MSNBC and CNBC are liberal? No they are only liberal in the good cop bad cop sense like the members of the DNC including including the co-signers of the GND who strangely had to sign an no fossil fuel money pledges but turned around and took fossil fuel money (see open secrets.org) which includes all the big names. Captured media only give straight information as a means to set up for a misrepresentation or omission. It also acts as a placating safety valve. It is also a gate keeper on candidacies. It makes sure under this bribery based system of media that no candidate the sponsors (oligarchs) don't pre-approve and continue to support gets any mind share. And it actively discredits anyone they lose control over. Having or allowing a fake media is a litmus for a fake democracy. Here is a quote from NBC Wiki: "Others have argued that MSNBC has a bias against progressive politics. Phil Donahue's show was canceled in 2003 due to his opposition to the Iraq War, and Donahue later commented that the management of MSNBC required that "we have two conservative (guests) for every liberal. I was counted as two liberals." Cenk Uygur, after his departure from MSNBC in 2011, said that MSNBC management had told him "people in Washington" were "concerned about [his] tone," and that he "didn't want to work in a place that didn't challenge power."" There was a time when ISS was pushing Sue Wagner former Blackrock Vice Chair and current Blackrock board member for the board of Tesla. What they were trying to do to Tesla is what they do to media companies. Why is MSNBC called "MSNBC"? Because it is Microsoft NBC. When Microsoft divested why didn't it change its name? Because Microsoft still soft controls it. Gates helped it new owner Comcast and the oligarchs behind it get set up. Gates was called "underwhelming" and Tesla's break out record quarter is curiously called "underwhelming" by MSNBC. Just prior to the Nikola GM deal Gates was saying Tesla's semi can't work. Microsoft Board member Jeff Ubben is on the board of Nikola. Ubben was found saying the semi could fill up in 8 minutes. The Nikola CEO said over and over in videos 10 minutes to fill up. . Internally the Nikola head of tech head was saying 45 minutes- was it really a lot more like 450 minutes? How would we know? The mechanisms of control include interlocking boards (which need to become illegal again) and consolidation and concentration (only 6 firms dominate the full US market and they recycle each other's oligarch sponsored bs) and sponsor leverage or undue influence. All sponsor influence is undue and criminal by any just legal system's standards- because if you allow it you lose democracy and it is going to be cumulative misrepresentation or numbing to a culture of misrepresentation. Oligarchy likes to hide under democracy- it is the truest conspiracy for it is pure criminality. It is rule by money or arbitrary might makes right. And it becomes pure idiotic despotic tyranny. You can find the photo ops of the Clinton's and the Rothchilds and there was no damn reason ever that the family members of former presidents should ever under any circumstances have been allowed to hold federal office or even run for high elected offices because that is getting into idiotic hereditary rule and oligarchy and dumb bloodlines. Real opponents (as opposed to the canned ones we have) every time would have been like get the F! off the stage you're not legitimate!!!! Gates was publicly giving lectures against not having inheritance taxes and allowing wealth based bloodlines to set up but then was apparently found to be privately lobbying for it. He apparently put 23 billion into Monsanto. That would be like putting 23 billion into IG Farben. Seeking Alpha had an ad (article) by a claimed Nikola investor group saying you can't oppose Nikola because it backed via name dropping by old money European oligarchs like the Rothchilds and by implication by Gates through Microsoft's board member Jeff Ubben who was big at Fidelity. The message was you can't oppose natural gas because they are too big to fail (more might makes right bull sht.) They were also saying oligarchs have decided their legacy is going green by saving natural gas. That is the legacy of people on their way out including bloodlines on their way out! Lets look at who the top 4 'owners' of Tesla are. 1 Vanguard Group (well its just a mutual right- WRONG!) 2 Ballie Gifford 3.Blackrock Advisors (the core of darkness at Blackrock) and 4 Fidelity (surprise, surprise- but its just a mutual right?) 5. Blackrock as part of its lip service joined the Climate Action 100+ but Vanguard refused- Vanguard has funds it says are green that still invest in oil and gas- if you're green you're not invested in oil and gas in any capacity! What is the saboteur of actual green doing buying up Tesla shares to the point of becoming the top shareholders? Many reasons. Surely they want to push through idiot initiatives like a simple majority to mess with the bylaws and effect a soft hostile takeover to derail climate change. They want to use OPM to hedge their 80 billion in Tesla shorts (not all of it theirs) with 40 billion in longs. But they really want to pump and dump so they take any positive Tesla events which should generate positive news and spin them negatively in through their shill media firms and then time sale of Tesla shares through both institutional and individual accounts they control to sow disillusionment with Tesla. So it is presumably not just their institutional longs its also some shill individual investor accounts that they use to dump on good news with. It is equivalent to trying to demoralize Tesla shareholders by booing good news and setting a feedback look to support negative expectation in order (and this is crucial) to stop their own bull sht offerings from being further de-capitalized. Denying or delaying timely S&P access was another attempt. Remember also Tesla isn't will to pay tribute to their rigged media with ads and they don't support paid propaganda. Think how outrageously idiotic those pop ups are where they want someone to pay MSNBC or NY Times be force fed its lame ads and propaganda because they call themselves 'independent'? Why, for instance, would Carlos Slim want to own the NY Times? The LA times became utter crap after an oligarch took it over.