Mass Media company
Companies at the top are the best, at the bottom the worst.
Notes: Rankings proceed from top to bottom with companies at the top as more responsible within the industry and those at the bottom as the less responsible. Letter grades go in this order: A (best), B, C, D, F(worst) with plus (+) and minus (-). "n/i" means we don't have enough information to give a letter grade for that category. The color coding is another corporate responsibility indicator, in the order Green (best), Yellow, Orange, Red (worst). Companies in the green zone are sustainable and working towards creating a greener planet (most industries will not have companioes in the green zone as there are no companies that can be considered sustainable in that industry). Companies red zone have poor environmental and social responsibility records and should be avoided if possible. 'Orange' companies are not quite as bad as 'red' and ' yellow' zone are slightly better than orange. Orange and yellow companies have a ways to go before they can be considered green.
Fast facts about the mass media industry
- Because mass media is dominated by a few companies, the industry poses a threat to independent media and healthy civil discourse.
- Journalists from several different news agencies admit to having been pressured by the Bush Administration and Fox News to censor their coverage of the Iraq War, and to mute the tone of events that were actually reported.
- Television newsrooms use video news releases, which are government and corporate prepackaged and sponsored "news" clips and are indistinguishable from traditional clips, without informing the public.
- Fox Television was required to pay damages to former employee for wrongful termination; the employee attempted to report the negative side of using bovine growth hormones and was silenced by Fox and Monsanto, the sole producer of rBGH.