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NRIs must see the American Jewish community as a yardstick against which to compare themselves.

Success of Jews as proof of their integrity

They know that press is the power
By Gary Singh, Los Angeles

NRIs has created an image of Indians being sharp, smart, hardworking and able to achieve laurels in diversified fields - medicine, engineering, NASA, pharma, academics, IT, management etc.

Updated June, 2012: According to the Pew Research Centre, NRIs (non-resident Indians) are the best-educated, fastest-growing community and highest-income in the US. NRIs have the highest median household income of $88,000 as compared to asians as a whole have a median household income of $66,000 and the US median of $49,800.

When foreigners travel to India - they suddenly have to make adjustments to the image of Indians being smart and hardworking. The local host, has to keep making excuses to explain off the lack of proper roads, the garbage strewn all over, the lack of pavements, the huge amount of poverty etc. Thats where our image takes a massive hit - and they must be wondering; “if Indians are so smart, how come the country is so broken”? “When they can launch satellites in space, why can’t they build proper roads and pavements”?

Similarly, NRIs are not well connected and never help their people who are less successful. One writer wrote in his article, ‘INRIs suck you. You should never work for NRIs because they exploit you. They are very individualistic. They are very poor as a community. There is little close cooperation. The answer is very simple: Where there is success, there is ego and this is a problem for NRIs.’”

NRIs must see the American Jewish community as a yardstick against which to compare themselves.

  • Why do you think Jews have been so successful in North America?
  • Why do you think the Jews control the media?
  • Why do you think the Jews own all the major corporations, dominate the entertainment business?

Interestingly, Jews make up only some 2-3 % of the US population, this figure is simply astounding. According to the Jewish Agency, for the year 2007 there were 13.2 million Jews worldwide; 5.4 million (40.9%) in Israel, 5.3 million (40.2%) in the United States, and the remainder distributed in communities of varying sizes around the world; this represents 0.2% of the current estimated world population

Success of Jews as proof of their integrity

Jews are probably the most successful people in the world. Behind this incredible power lies three important facts:

1. Well connected: They are extremely cohesive or ethnocentric. They are very well connected and help their people who are less successful

2. Education: They really value education compared to other people. The parents are damn strict on their kids to do well in school.

3. Media: They know that press is the power that shapes and molds the mind of virtually every citizen, young or old, rich or poor, simple or sophisticated. They also know that the press has become the greatest power within the Western World, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and judiciary.

"Today, seven Jewish Americans run the vast majority of US television networks, the printed press, the Hollywood movie industry, the book publishing industry, and the recording industry. Most of these industries are bundled into huge media conglomerates run by the following seven individuals:

  • Gerald Levin, CEO and Director of AOL Time Warner
  • Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company
  • Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Chairman of Seagram Company Ltd
  • Edgar Bronfman, Jr, President and CEO of Seagram Company Ltd and head of Universal Studios
  • Sumner Redstone, Chairman and CEO of Viacom, Inc
  • Dennis Dammerman, Vice Chairman of General Electric Peter Chernin, President and Co-COO of News Corporation Limited

    Those seven Jewish men collectively control ABC, NBC, CBS, the Turner Broadcasting System, CNN, MTV, Universal Studios, MCA Records, Geffen Records, DGC Records, GRP Records, Rising Tide Records, Curb/Universal Records, and Interscope Records.

The control of the opinion-molding media is nearly monolithic. All of the controlled media — television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, motion pictures speak with a single voice, each reinforcing the other:

  • The largest media conglomerate today is Walt Disney Company, whose chairman and CEO, Michael Eisner, is a Jew. As for feature films, the Walt Disney Picture Group, headed by Joe Roth (also a Jew). Disney also sells annually well over a billion dollars worth of consumer products: books, toys, and clothing. In August 1995 Eisner acquired Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., to create a media empire with annual sales of $16.5 billion. Capital Cities/ABC owns the ABC Television Network, which in turn owns ten TV stations outright in such big markets as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Houston. In addition, it has 225 affiliated stations in the United States and is part owner of several European TV companies.

  • ABC’s cable subsidiary, ESPN, is headed by president and CEO Steven Bornstein, who is a Jew. The corporation also has a controlling share of Lifetime Television and the Arts & Entertainment Network cable companies. ABC Radio Network owns 11 AM and ten FM stations, again in major cities such as New York, Washington, and Los Angeles, and has over 3,400 affiliates.
  • Time Warner, Inc., is the second of the international media leviathans. The chairman of the board and CEO, Gerald M. Levin, is a Jew. Time Warner’s subsidiary HBO is the country’s largest pay-TV cable network. Warner Music is by far the world’s largest record company, with 50 labels

  • Time Warner is heavily involved in the production of feature films. Time Warner’s publishing division (editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine, a Jew) is the largest magazine publisher in the country
  • Jewish newsman Daniel Schorr, who had worked for Turner, publicly charged that his former boss held a personal dislike for Jews. When Ted Turner, the Gentile media maverick, made a bid to buy CBS in 1985, there was a panic in media boardrooms across the nation. Turner had made a fortune in advertising and then had built a successful cable-TV news network, CNN. To block Turner’s bid CBS executives invited billionaire Jewish theater, hotel, insurance, and cigarette magnate Laurence Tisch to launch a "friendly" takeover of the company, and from 1986 till 1995 Tisch was the chairman and CEO of CBS, removing any threat of non-Jewish influence there. Subsequent efforts by Turner to acquire a major network have been obstructed by Levin’s Time Warner, which owns nearly 20 percent of CBS stock and has veto power over major deals.

  • Viacom, Inc., headed by Sumner Redstone (born Murray Rothstein), is the third largest megamedia corporation in the country, with revenues of over $10 billion a year. Viacom, which produces and distributes TV programs for the three largest networks, owns 12 television stations and 12 radio stations. It produces feature films through Paramount Pictures, headed by Jewess Sherry Lansing. Its publishing division includes Prentice Hall, Simon & Schuster, and Pocket Books. It distributes videos through over 4,000 Blockbuster stores. Viacom’s chief claim to fame, however, is as the world’s largest provider of cable programming, through its Showtime, MTV, Nickelodeon, and other networks. Since 1989, MTV and Nickelodeon have acquired larger and larger shares of the juvenile television audience. MTV pumps its racially mixed rock and rap videos into 210 million homes in 71 countries and is the dominant cultural influence on White teenagers around the world.

  • Number four on the list is Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which owns Fox Television Network and 20th Century Fox Films. Murdoch is a Gentile, but Peter Chernin, who heads Murdoch’s film studio and also oversees his TV production, is a Jew.

  • Number five is the Japanese Sony Corporation, whose U.S. subsidiary, Sony Corporation of America, is run by Michael Schulhof, a Jew. Alan J. Levine, another Jew, heads the Sony Pictures division.

  • Most of the television and movie production companies that are not owned by the largest corporations are also controlled by Jews.

  • Two other large production companies, MCA and Universal Pictures, are both owned by Seagram Company, Ltd. The president and CEO of Seagram, the liquor giant, is Edgar Bronfman, Jr., who is also president of the World Jewish Congress.

  • It is well known that Jews have controlled the production and distribution of films since the inception of the movie industry in the early decades of this century. This is still the case today. The big three in television network broadcasting used to be ABC, CBS, and NBC. With the consolidation of the media empires, these three are no longer independent entities
    The Print Media

  • Daily newspapers are the most influential information medium in America. Sixty million of them are sold (and presumably read) each day. These millions are divided among some 1,500 different publications. Only about 25 percent of the country’s 1,500 papers are independently owned. In only 50 cities in America are there more than one daily newspaper.

  • The Newhouse media empire provides an example of more than the lack of real competition among America’s daily newspapers. This Jewish media empire was founded by the late Samuel Newhouse, an immigrant from Russia. When he died in 1979 at the age of 84, he bequeathed media holdings worth an estimated $1.3 billion to his two sons, Samuel and Donald. With a number of further acquisitions, the net worth of Advance Publications has grown to more than $8 billion today.

  • Since the beginning of this century, when Jewish mercantile power in America became a dominant economic force, there has been a steady rise in the number of American newspapers in Jewish hands, accompanied by a steady decline in the number of competing Gentile newspapers — primarily as a result of selective advertising policies by Jewish merchants.

    The nation’s three most prestigious and influential newspapers: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. These three, dominating America’s financial and political capitals, are the newspapers which set the trends and the guidelines for nearly all the others. They are the ones which decide what is news and what isn’t, at the national and international levels. They originate the news; the others merely copy it. And all three newspapers are in Jewish hands.

  • The New York Times was founded in 1851 by two Gentiles, Henry J. Raymond and George Jones. After their deaths, it was purchased in 1896 from Jones’s estate by a wealthy Jewish publisher, Adolph Ochs. His great-grandson, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., is the paper’s current publisher and CEO. The Sulzberger family also owns, through the New York Times Co., 33 others newspapers, including the Boston Globe, purchased in June 1993 for $1.1 billion; twelve magazines, including McCall’s and Family Circle with circulations of more than 5 million each; seven radio and TV broadcasting stations; a cable-TV system; and three book publishing companies. The New York Times News Service transmits news stories, features, and photographs from the New York Times by wire to 506 other newspapers, news agencies, and magazines.

  • The Washington Post, like the New York Times, had a non-Jewish origin. It was established in 1877 by Stilson Hutchins, purchased from him in 1905 by John R. McLean, and later inherited by Edward B. McLean. In June 1933, however, at the height of the Great Depression, the newspaper was forced into bankruptcy. It was purchased at a bankruptcy auction by Eugene Meyer, a Jewish financier and former partner of the infamous Bernard Baruch, the industry czar in America during the First World War.
    The Washington Post is now run by Katherine Meyer Graham, Eugene Meyer’s daughter. She is the principal stockholder and board chairman of the Washington Post Co. In 1979, she appointed her son Donald publisher of the paper. He now also holds the posts of president and CEO of the Washington Post Co.
  • The Washington Post Co. has a number of other media holdings in newspapers, television, and magazines, most notably the nation’s number-two weekly newsmagazine, Newsweek


Several themes came up for me, that I connect with very deeply.

  • First, I believe in freedom, and my experiences tell me that freedom is fragile, and can come at a very high price.
  • Second, I believe in equality.
  • Third, I believe in taking responsibility.
  • Finally, I believe in education. Education was my ticket, as I'm sure it was for many of us here today.

I've learned that knowledge is power, in the best sense of the word. After Sep 11, need to open your eyes and educate yourselves. ... Our quality of life after 9/11 appears to have been forever changed by that ..... then two like-minded people started NRI media and now reached about 15 worldwide (U. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. ....updated July 2012 (now reached 95 people worldwide)

NRIs are doing wonderful jobs, keep it up. We must learn to help other NRIs who are less successful and also involve in press media...........Sources: Jews-, and NRI media group