Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
The CIA and the Media by Carl Bernstein

In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America's leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election. He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do so by the newspapers that printed his column. He went at the request of the CIA.

Alsop is one of more than 400 American journalists who in the past twenty‑five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters. Some of these journalists' relationships with the Agency were tacit; some were explicit. There was cooperation, accommodation and overlap.

Journalists provided a full range of clandestine services--from simple intelligence gathering to serving as go‑betweens with spies in Communist countries. Reporters shared their notebooks with the CIA. Editors shared their staffs. Some of the journalists were Pulitzer Prize winners, distinguished reporters who considered themselves ambassadors without‑portfolio for their country. Most were less exalted: foreign correspondents who found that their association with the Agency helped their work; stringers and freelancers who were as interested in the derring‑do of the spy business as in filing articles; and, the smallest category, full‑time CIA employees masquerading as journalists abroad. In many instances, CIA documents show, journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America's leading news organizations.

...
Among the executives who lent their cooperation to the Agency were Williarn Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System, Henry Luce of Tirne Inc., Arthur Hays Sulzberger of The New York Times, Barry Bingham Sr. of the LouisviIle Courier Journal, and James Copley of the Copley News Service. Other organizations which cooperated with the CIA include the American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald Tribune.

By far the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials, have been with The New York Times, CBS and Time Inc.

The CIA's use of the American news media has been much more extensive than Agency officials have acknowledged publicly or in closed sessions with members of Congress.

The Washington Post - Katherine Graham

 

Is the CIA editing your newspaper? | Investig'Action - Jonathan Cook |

Here is a great overview by Ed Jones of why corporate media are the arch-exponents of "fake news". The media are overwhelming owned and controlled by billionaires and gargantuan corporations, who depend on the support of other corporations for ad revenue, and employ journalists from a narrow, privileged class whose careers depend on maintaining access to elite sources. It would be simply astounding in these circumstamces if we had anything resembling a pluralistic media.

The data concerns UK outlets, but the same principles apply in the US.

One section makes especially disturbing reading. It is the little-discussed matter of the intelligence services' deep penetration of most western, and in some cases non-western, media organisations. In short, US intelligence services - and to a lesser extent British ones - have for many decades fed information to sympathetic journalists in key positions inside the "free" media, working with them hand in glove.

...

    "Bloch and Fitzgerald, in their examination of covert UK warfare, report the editor of `one of Britain's most distinguished journals' as believing that more than half its foreign correspondents were on the MI6 payroll [the British equivalent of the CIA - my emphasis]. And in 1991, Richard Norton-Taylor revealed in the Guardian that 500 prominent Britons paid by the CIA and the now defunct Bank of Commerce and Credit International, included 90 journalists."

    Keeble has given many more examples in his book chapter of the intelligence services infiltrating the media and changing the politics of the time, including around the miners strikes and Arthur Scargill in the 1980s and during the lead-up to the Iraq war in 2003. ...

    David Leigh, former investigations editor of The Guardian, wrote about a series of instances in which the secret services manipulated prominent journalists. He claims reporters are routinely approached and manipulated by intelligence agents and identifies three ways - providing examples for each in his article - in which they do it:

    • They attempt to recruit journalists to spy on other people or themselves attempt to go under journalistic "cover."

    • They allow intelligence officers to pose as journalists "to write tendentious articles under false names."

    • And "the most malicious form": they plant intelligence agency propaganda stories on willing journalists who disguise their origin from readers.

Frank Church Investigation and Operation Mockingbird

Further details of Operation Mockingbird were revealed as a result of the Frank Church investigations (Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities) in 1975.

    Frank Wisner, the director of the espionage and counter-intelligence branch, spearheaded the organization and was told to concentrate on "propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world."

    Journalists were reportedly blackmailed and threatened into this network.

    The CIA's financing of independent and private organizations wasn't just meant to create favorable stories. It was also a means to covertly collect information from other countries that were relevant to America's national security.

Martin Longman's fp story in 2005 ...

The Establishment Press

A diary by Real History Lisa ...

The Real History of Gerald Ford, Watergate, and the CIA

My diary in July 2014 at the time of the downing of Malaysia flight MH17 above a war torn Eastern Ukraine ...

Ukraine's Coup d' État - George Marshall, OSS, Bissell and Gladio

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 03:00:59 PM EST

Others have rated this comment as follows:

Display:

Occasional Series