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Worldwide propaganda network built by the CIA

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The NYT's "Worldwide Propaganda Network Built by the C.I.A." was published on the front page, just below the flap on 12/26/1977. It was in response to Bernstein's earlier article on this topic. Carl Berstein in turn was inspired by Robert Groden's writing on this topic for Argosy Magazine.

Carl Bernstein’s classic on "The CIA and the Media," from Rolling Stone Magazine 10/20/77:  https://www.carlbernstein.com/the-cia-and-the-media-rolling-stone-10-20-1977

 Carl Bernstein wrote his article on “The CIA and the Media” after reading Robert Groden’s article a few months earlier in Argosy Magazine.


 Robert Groden wrote 3 articles for Argosy that year: 1) Argosy Discloses: “The JFK Evidence That Nobody Wanted to Reveal!” – August, 1977, 2) The Framing of Lee Harvey Oswald  - Sept. 1977 3) The Rockefeller Commission: The Second JFK Whitewash – October, 1977

 Web link to Groden articles: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/GFI/t307.htm#A4338

NYT article (1-28-78) C.I.A. Ties to Journalists https://www.nytimes.com/1976/01/28/archives/cia-ties-to-journalists-wide-concern-is-voiced-in-press-corps-over.html

 Also, read Joseph Trento’s and Dave Roman’s “The Spies Who Came in From the Newsroom in 1977”

 Read Richard E. Sprague’s The Taking of America, 1-2-3, published in 1976 – Chapter 9, Control of the Media – 1967 – 1976 https://www.cia.gov/library/abbottabad-compound/11/1183CF937B8095F6A96DB7C9468BDE2A_The_Taking_of_America_-_Richard_Sprague.pdf




Of significance in this analysis and what it implies about the American public’s knowledge about the assassination and its aftermath is a definition of "major American national news media." It can be demonstrated that an overwhelming mass of news information reaching the eyes and ears of Americans comes from about fifteen organizations. They are, in general order of significance: NBC-TV & Radio CBS-TV & Radio, ABC-TV & Radio, Associated Press, United Press, Time-Life-Fortune-Sports Illustrated, McGraw Hill Business Week, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, New York Times News Service, Washington Post News Service, Metromedia News Network, Westinghouse Radio News Network, Capital City Broadcasting Radio Network, the North American Newspaper Alliance, and the Saturday Evening Post (the "Post is, of course, now defunct.) 

There are some subtle reasons for this, not generally appreciated by the average citizen. Television has, of course, become the primary source of information. For any nationally circulated news story, local stations rely heavily on film, videotape and written script material prepared and edited by the three networks. Once in a while Metromedia may also send out TV material. In effect, this means that editorial content for a vast majority of the television information seen by American citizens everywhere originates not only with three or four organizations but also with a very small number of producers, editors and commentators in those networks. A large majority of any national news items printed by local newspapers originates in a small number of press-wire services. AP and UP dominate this area, with selected chains of papers subscribing to a lesser extent to new services of the New York Times, Washington Post, North American Newspaper Alliance, and a very small percentage receiving information from papers in Los Angeles, Chicago and St. Louis


 Also, read Samuel Thurston, “The Central Intelligence Agency and The New York Times,” in Computers and Automation, July, 1971.

 CIA memo to its media assets in April, 1967 – “Countering Criticism of the Warren Report: http://www.namebase.org/foia/jfk01.html

Edited by Robert Morrow
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