Operation Mockingbird

When I was a young boy the press was occupied with great men like Harry Reasoner and Walter Cronkite ( see Walter Cronkite, The life of a man of Integrity April 12, 2016) The media, and the men who occupied the offices of the media had integrity. It has eroded to complete polarized incompetence, led by CNN and followed by many other failing news agencies. The responses, real and contrived, to H. Clinton’s loss are indicative of a media controlled, and the intentional manipulation of information.

We have seen such similar operations in Germany pre-WW2 and in totalitarian governments. We see a sea change in our country pointing toward a familiar failure mode (see “The Iron Law of Oligarchy” Published on November 29, 2016).

From Wikipedia:

Operation Mockingbird was a campaign by the United States  Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to influence  media known for a fact to have operated at least during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Evidence of its continuity may possibly include the false mainstream media assertion of the existence of WMDs in Iraq that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and ongoing efforts to label Wiki leaks documents as “fake news” by the same media outlets that were implicated by name by the Church Committee congressional hearings.[ citation needed] Begun in the 1950s, it was initially organized by  Cord Meyer and  Allen W. Dulles, and was later led by  Frank Wisner after Dulles became the head of the CIA. The organization recruited leading American journalists into a propaganda network to help present the CIA’s views. It funded some student and cultural organizations and magazines as fronts. ……..

Now, any freshman can see the bias of our news organizations, spewing forth their points of view as the interviewed fails to get a word in, or predicting false results against an obvious tide of sentiment to the contrary, resorting to innuendo and lies to convince us of a “truth” that is not.

The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state. ~ William Blackstone

From The Free Thought Project .com :

“US Govt Just Legalized Operation Mockingbird” — FBI Can Now Impersonate the Media (Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/fbi-impersonate-media-mockingbird/#5fRHKjRPqyDiakOQ.99 Claire Bernish September 22, 2016″

FBI agents conducting undercover investigations have now been given the green light to impersonate journalists, the Justice Department determined last week — effectively legalizing the government’s most notorious propaganda program, Operation Mockingbird.

Last Thursday, the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General published what’s become the subject of outrage for journalists, civil and constitutional rights advocates, and legal experts — “ A Review of the FBI’s Impersonation of a Journalist in a Criminal Investigation.”

“The Associated Press is deeply disappointed by the Inspector General’s findings, which effectively condone the FBI’s impersonation of an AP journalist in 2007,” Associated Press Vice President Paul Colford said in a statement  cited by  US News“Such action compromises the ability of a free press to gather the news safely and effectively and raises serious constitutional concerns.”

If we are to take the advantage given us, and to put the train of our representative republic back on the tracks of equity to all people, no issue must be more deeply addressed than this manipulative effort to color the news.

Scott Cahill