The CIA and the MEDIA
How Americas Most Powerful News Media Worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up
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.
And, the most evil 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. Scriptwriters for Hollywood and other channels of influence.
The history of the CIA’s involvement with the American press continues to be shrouded by an official policy of obscurity and deception.
Although the Agency has cut back sharply on the use of reporters since 1973 primarily as a result of pressure from the media), some journalist‑operatives are still posted abroad.
Further investigation into the matter, CIA officials say, would inevitably reveal a series of embarrassing relationships in the 1950s and 1960s with some of the most powerful organizations and individuals in American journalism.
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 easy relations, without moral objections according to CIA officials, have been with the New York Times, CBS and Time Inc. (CNN).
I do not believe it would be right for anyone to win the presidency because of the invisible, large-scale manipulations of a private company. That would make democracy meaningless. I will say it again: corporations are not people.
A report published reveals evidence that Google is manipulating search results related to Israeli crimes and Hillary Clinton. Influencing public opinion and election results. My google search engine and my epic seach engine is displaying selective results. This is proof of malice, because they do not only arrange the ranking, some relevant results are blocked from the search. Not shown at all, while others are shown first.
Mind Control and CIA control of the worldview
In the field, journalists were used to help recruit and handle foreigners as agents; to acquire and evaluate information, and to plant false information with officials of foreign governments. Many signed secrecy agreements, pledging never to divulge anything about their dealings with the Agency.
If they control what we know then they control what we decide: That’s the reason for their secrecy. The US is not under any real threat that makes most of them (1 million officers of the intelligence community) obsolete; so they create (false flag) threats by mind control and disinformation.
Sections of the Church committee’s final report. Pages 191 to 201 were entitled“Covert Relationships with the United States Media.” “It hardly reflects what we found,” stated Senator Gary Hart. “There was a prolonged and elaborate negotiation [with the CIA] over what would be said.”
These findings on the subject were never discussed with the full committee, even in executive session. That might have led to leaks — especially in view of the criminal nature of the facts. Since the beginning of the Church committee’s investigation, leaks had been the panel’s biggest collective fear, a real threat to its mission. At the slightest sign of a leak the CIA might cut off the flow of sensitive information as it did, several times in other areas), claiming that the committee could not be trusted with secrets. “It was as if we were on trial — not the CIA,” said a member of the committee staff. To describe in the committee’s final report the true dimensions of the Agency’s use of journalists would cause a furor in the press and on the Senate floor. And it would result in heavy pressure on the CIA to end its use of journalists altogether. “We just weren’t ready to take that step,” said a senator. A similar decision was made to conceal the results of the staff’s inquiry into the use of academics.