CIA Funding and Manipulation of the U.S. News Media
Operation Mockingbird was a secret Central Intelligence Agency campaign to influence domestic and foreign media beginning in the 1950s.
According to the Congress report published in 1976:

“The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda. These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets.”

Senator Frank Church argued that misinforming the world cost American taxpayers an estimated $265 million a year.

In 1948, Frank Wisner was appointed director of the Office of Special Projects (OSP). Soon afterwards OSP was renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). This became the espionage and counter-intelligence branch of the Central Intelligence Agency. Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated 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.”

Later that year Wisner established Mockingbird, a program to influence the domestic and foreign media. Wisner recruited Philip Graham from The Washington Post to run the project within the industry. According to Deborah Davis in Katharine the Great; “By the early 1950s, Wisner ‘owned’ respected members of The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles.”

In 1951, Allen W. Dulles persuaded Cord Meyer to join the CIA. However, there is evidence that he was recruited several years earlier and had been spying on the liberal organizations he had been a member of in the later 1940s. According to Deborah Davis, Meyer became Mockingbird’s “principal operative.”

In 1977, Rolling Stone alleged that one of the most important journalists under the control of Operation Mockingbird was Joseph Alsop, whose articles appeared in over 300 different newspapers. Other journalists alleged by Rolling Stone Magazine to have been willing to promote the views of the CIA included Stewart Alsop (New York Herald Tribune), Ben Bradlee (Newsweek), James Reston (New York Times), Charles Douglas Jackson (Time Magazine), Walter Pincus (Washington Post), William C. Baggs (The Miami News), Herb Gold (The Miami News) and Charles Bartlett (Chattanooga Times). According to Nina Burleigh (A Very Private Woman), these journalists sometimes wrote articles that were commissioned by Frank Wisner. The CIA also provided them with classified information to help them with their work.

After 1953, the network was overseen by Allen W. Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. By this time Operation Mockingbird had a major influence over 25 newspapers and wire agencies. These organizations were run by people with well-known right-wing views such as William Paley (CBS), Henry Luce (Time and Life Magazine), Arthur Hays Sulzberger (New York Times), Alfred Friendly (managing editor of the Washington Post), Jerry O’Leary (Washington Star), Hal Hendrix (Miami News), Barry Bingham, Sr., (Louisville Courier-Journal), James Copley (Copley News Services) and Joseph Harrison (Christian Science Monitor).

The Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) was funded by siphoning of funds intended for the Marshall Plan. Some of this money was used to bribe journalists and publishers. Frank Wisner was constantly looking for ways to help convince the public of the dangers of communism. In 1954, Wisner arranged for the funding of the Hollywood production of Animal Farm, the animated allegory based on the book written by George Orwell.

According to Alex Constantine (Mockingbird: The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA), in the 1950s, “some 3,000 salaried and contract CIA employees were eventually engaged in propaganda efforts”. Wisner was also able to restrict newspapers from reporting about certain events. For example, the CIA plots to overthrow the governments of Iran (See: Operation Ajax) and Guatemala (See: Operation PBSUCCESS).

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33 Replies to “Operation Mockingbird, CIA Media Control Program”

  1. They have American youth so well indoctrinated that just saying the name Trump makes them convulse..MSM CNN/MSNBC are the talking heads..Someone should put this into our educational system and get them to look at it and study it..That is how bad it is in America today.

  2. Wouldn't be surprised in the least to learn that this is rife in today's media. We have Anderson Cooper who's "reporting propaganda" most times. Dozens of similar news correspondents doing the same. Even late night tv … Like Trevor Noah = not only unfunny, but his stories about South Africa are mostly propaganda. Like why on earth is American media pushing a 1980's propaganda narrative about South Africa TODAY AFTER most of South Africa has been exposed as a basket case / violent he%%hole / on the brink of failed state status?

  3. Their agenda today is to overthrow Mr. Trump. Because he's trying to expose them. All this Russian stuff, the sexual misconduct, racism, and other stuff is just a ploy by the secret societies. And they do exist. Obama, Hillary, John Mcain (that piece of dung). You got see this interview on The Hagmann Report of Kevin Shipp about the workings of the Shadow Government. This will blow your mind.

  4. just like they lied about ww2 this was done from the get go and Jews own the media.people think of Hitler as this person that wanted white supremacy EXACTLY like the left think trump is today,why dont people get it through their heads,that it is |NO different when you hear the left scream out white supremacy bs,the same was done to the Germans,sure they felt proud of their people race and accomplishments,but its not like it was portrayed and now you are living it,yet still people wont or refuse to see its exactly the same with the exact same people behind it far left communist atheist Jews,the same types who created communism in Russia,WAKE UP PEOPLE.all this transsexual push isnt new either or macabre poses turned into art, or child sacrificing. this rabbi admits it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyuDNsTSXl8 (and if you ignore this you have no cope of knowing the truth no how grim no matter how far out there it sounds,) or stopping your speech it was also pushed under communism in Berlin in the 1920s when people faiths were strong,this is what you get anything but conservative normal living. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61SesqF_t1g do you know that Russia was a christian nation for over 1000years 800-1918 until communists killed the car his family maids & Dr in cold blood, and the czar was the nephew of King George the 5th all this was is the monarchy and the international jewish banking system, getting together as they always did and take out countries ,that how Nathan Rothschild got his wealth from the Napoleon wars.

  5. Look how there were still politicians and people in our government back then who were trying to safe gaurd us. Now, they have a stranglehold over the government apparatus and the justice system at the behest of the NWO.

  6. RIP Andrew Breitbart. RIP Dr. Udo Ulf Kotte. It seems if an honest journalist brings about this 'truth to light' they somehow die a mysterious 'heart attack' like death. However, major respect and kudos to honest journalists willing to take big risks exposing the 'fake news' networks out there happening today – journalists like former CNN Reporter Amber Lyon and former CBS Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.

  7. Herbert Matthews and the NYT created Fidel Castro as a heroic Cuban leader when in fact, he was a bully and a coward whose dictatorship surprisingly spans 58 1/2 years, now headed by his appointed brother, carrying on the oppression and expansion of the misery he brought to Cuba. Certainly any access to CIA rosters would reveal a direct connection between its manipulation of  public opinion and the promotion of its political power for domestic consumption.

  8. I remember in sixth grade, when the teach was explaining communism and false information spread through their printed history books and media, I asked, "how do we know we our government is not doing the very same thing to us?" Teach wasn't too happy with that question.

  9. The government is a fiction; It is in a trust position as a fictional trust organization with duties to protect the people as beneficiaries; the Constitution's preamble lays out it's duties as trustees to protect the people. It clearly is supposed to organize armies to defend against any invasion and to maintain the welfare;
    People think it’s a window you go to once a month to pick up your check;
    "Maintaining the welfare" meant to maintain commerce in such fashion that the welfare of the individual was highly protected;
    That’s what was meant by that and that is not what government is doing.

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