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Connection between Private Prisons and Music
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5/13/2014 3:38:56 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
According to public analysis from Bloomberg, the largest holder in Corrections Corporation of America is Vanguard Group Incorporated. Interestingly enough, Vanguard also holds considerable stake in the media giants determining this country"s culture. In fact, Vanguard is the third largest holder in both Viacom and Time Warner.
Vanguard is also the third largest holder in the GEO Group, whose correctional, detention and community reentry services boast 101 facilities, approximately 73,000 beds and 18,000 employees. Second nationally only to Corrections Corporation of America, GEO"s facilities are located not only in the United States but in the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.
You may be thinking, "Well, Vanguard is only the third largest holder in those media conglomerates, which is no guarantee that they"re calling any shots." Well, the number-one holder of both Viacom and Time Warner is a company called Blackrock. Blackrock is the second largest holder in Corrections Corporation of America, second only to Vanguard, and the sixth largest holder in the GEO Group.
There are many other startling overlaps in private-prison/mass-media ownership, but two underlying facts become clear very quickly: The people who own the media are the same people who own private prisons, the EXACT same people, and using one to promote the other is (or "would be," depending on your analysis) very lucrative.