Operation Mockingbird

Some of you may have heard of this before, but if not….

The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA

“You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” – CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories. “Katherine The Great,” by Deborah Davis (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991).

As terrible as it is to live in a nation where the press in known to be controlled by the government, at least one has the advantage of knowing the bias is present, and to adjust for it. In the United States of America, we are taught from birth that our press is free from such government meddling. This is an insideous lie about the very nature of the news institution in this country. One that allows the government to lie to us while denying the very fact of the lie itself….

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….Former Washington Post publisher Philip Graham “believing that the function of the press was more often than not to mobilize consent for the policies of the government, was one of the architects of what became a widespread practice: the use and manipulation of journalists by the CIA” (*81). This scandal was known by its code name Operation MOCKINGBIRD. Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein cites a former CIA deputy director as saying, “It was widely known that Phil Graham was someone you could get help from” (*82). More recently the Post provided cover for CIA personality Joseph Fernandez by “refusing to print his name for over a year up until the day his indictment was announced …for crimes committed in his official capacity as CIA station chief in Costa Rica” (*83).

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The conspiracy to control our media is quite possibly the biggest story of our time (if it is possible to pick from the current crop, that is).  It has its ties into post-WWII Nazi’s, as well.  But that is for another post, dealing with Project Paperclip, the founding of the CIA, and the subversion of the media outlets by the CIA.

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2 Responses to “Operation Mockingbird”

  1. Kandinsky Says:

    Hiya BFFT, saw your ATS sig and had a look. Nice looking blog. I remember reading a feature article in the English press in the months after 9/11. It focused on the media coup by the Bush administration. It worked on the premise that they would only provide information and interviews to the friendlier newspapers. The promise of cutting news at the source threatened to impact sales so journalists and papers had to submit to ‘terms.’ This had the intended outcome of limiting objective critiques. That isn’t to say it prevented criticism, but it certainly led to a dilution of op-eds and investigation. Smaller media outlets simply complied.

    I raise this only to point out that the media is subservient to more influences than the CIA. Career ambitions, ownership editorial decisions, marketing and who knows what else? The same pressures exist in all countries. I guess it’s better to read a spectrum of sources and try to tune out the noise in search of signal.

    No easy thing. It’s barely on the right side of impossible.

  2. outstanding having you come by Kandinsky. Definintely input from a valued member of ATS, and a more discerning mind.

    I agree. Human prejudice clouds media decisions. Journolist is a great example of this.

    SchroDog has a bit on “Gatekeeping” on his blog that discusses this very thing.

    It is the motive behind the phenomena that is up for debate. And the only part of that that is up for debate would be how much each of these impacts the overall fact that Media is a joke.

    I am in LA this week for training. One thing i have noticed is that California has built an entire “historical” industry around pop culture. A good example that isn’t limited to Cali is Bubba Gump.

    Was that movie really good enough to create an entire theme restaurant?

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