Operation Mockingbird – CIA influence on domestic and foreign media

ciaopmockingbirdWhat was Operation Mockingbird?

Beginning in the 1950s Operation Mockingbird was an initiative of the CIA to influence domestic and foreign media.  It’s debatable whether this initiative was ever abandoned. Headed by Frank Wisner, Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, and Philip Graham (publisher of The Washington Post) the operation would come to include all the major press outlets.

“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)

Church Committee investigations

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. 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.”

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

In February 1976, George H. W. Bush, the recently appointed Director of the CIA, announced a new policy: “Effective immediately, the CIA will not enter into any paid or contract relationship with any full-time or part-time news correspondent accredited by any U.S. news service, newspaper, periodical, radio or television network or station.” However, he added that the CIA would continue to “welcome” the voluntary, unpaid cooperation of journalists.

To see a full exhaustive study on Operation Mockingbird see Spartaus Education’s exhaustive report.




Examples that Operation Mockingbird continues to this day.

Emails obtained by advocacy group Judicial Watch have exposed the fact that a senior New York Times employee, who covers national security for the newspaper, provided the CIA with advanced copies of an article another writer was preparing that was somewhat critical of the White House over the upcoming Hollywood film about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The reporter, Mark Mazzetti, forwarded an advance copy of a Maureen Dowd column to a CIA spokesperson a full two days before it was set to be published. The article, published August 7th 2011, discussed the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow-Mark Boal film “Zero Dark Thirty”, and criticized the Obama administration for having “outsourced the job of manning up the president’s image to Hollywood.”

Mazzetti’s emails show that he sent the piece to the CIA’s Marie Harf, on August 5th 2011, writing: “this didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about!”

JFK interfered with this power network, and tried to expose it. At one point he threatened to “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the wind,” going so far as to fire Allen Dulles and founding a panel to investigate the CIA.  Was this just another reason to have him assassinated?


“Family Jewels” Report

According to the “Family Jewels” report, released by the National Security Archive on June 26, 2007, during the period from March 12, 1963 and June 15, 1963, the CIA installed telephone taps on two Washington-based news reporters.

Our mainstream free press is not a watchdog on the government, although it would like us to believe that. To a large extent the government has control of the very vehicle that was supposed to help keep it honest.  Through individual research and fact checks one can see the fruit of the media tree. Do not be deceived by the controlled multi-national corporate/government megaphone.

Posted by February 20, 2013 [Sources: Steve Watson & Alex Jones at Infowars.com and Wikipedia and scribd.com and What really happened and Maureen Dowd New York Times and the Spartaus Education's exhaustive report]

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