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Operation Mockingbird was a 1950s program in which the CIA recruited and propped up various media organizations to influence public opinion. In April 1976, the Church Committee, a US senate task force, conducted an investigation into the CIA’s influence over both foreign and national news organizations and stated that the CIA maintained a huge global network that provided intel for the organization and β€œat times” attempted to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda.

The damning report also stated that these same individuals gave the CIA direct access to a large number of β€œnewspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets” and claimed that approximately 50 of the CIA’s assets were individual American journalists or employees of US media organizations.

From a Listverse article by Jack Johnson

And it’s still going on…


A picture of a Mockingbird.

This post has a lot going on. Take from it what you will.

That’s it. That’s the post.

Seegars

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