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CNN Paid by .gov to Report Certain Events, Ignore Others

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It's not like I haven't tried to tell you people this before.

Question: Do you have any people being paid by the CIA who are contributing to a major circulation journal?

Answer: We do have people who submit pieces to American journals.

Question: Do you have any people paid by the CIA who are working for television networks?

Answer: This I think gets into the details I'd like to get into in executive session. [so the public doesn't hear how we control all the networks]

Again, if they were doing this poo in the fuging 50's, you can bet your happy ass they are doing it now to an even greater extent. Especially considering the rise of digital media.

Again, regarding CNN and the CIA:

Military personnel from the Fourth Psychological Operations Group based at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, have until recently been working in CNN’s hq in Atlanta.

CNN is up in arms about our report in the last issue of CounterPunch concerning the findings of the Dutch journalist, Abe de Vries about the presence of US Army personnel at CNN, owned by Time-Warner. We cited an article by de Vries which appeared on February 21 in the reputable Dutch daily newspaper Trouw, originally translated into English and placed on the web by Emperor’s Clothes. De Vries reported that a handful of military personnel from the Third Psychological Operations Battalion, part of the airmobile Fourth Psychological Operations Group based at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, had worked in CNN’s hq in Atlanta.

De Vries quoted Major Thomas Collins of the US Army Information Service as having confirmed the presence of these Army psy-ops experts at CNN, saying, “Psy-ops personnel, soldiers and officers, have been working in CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta through our program, ‘Training with Industry’. They worked as regular employees of CNN. Conceivably, they would have worked on stories during the Kosovo war. They helped in the production of news.”

This particular CounterPunch story was the topic of my regular weekly broadcast to AM Live, a program of the South Africa Broadcasting Company in Johannesburg. Among the audience of this broadcast was CNN’s bureau in South Africa which lost no time in relaying news of it to CNN hq in Atlanta, and I duly received an angry phone call from Eason Jordan who identified himself as CNN’s president of newsgathering and international networks.

Jordan was full of indignation that I had somehow compromised the reputation of CNN. But in the course of our conversation it turned out that yes, CNN had hosted a total of five interns from US army psy-ops, two in television, two in radio and one in satellite operations. Jordan said the program had only recently terminated, I would guess at about the time CNN’s higher management read Abe de Vries’s stories.

When I reached De Vries in Belgrade, where’s he is Trouw’s correspondent, and told him about CNN’s furious reaction, he stood by his stories and by the quotations given him by Major Collins.For some days CNN wouldn’t get back to him with a specific reaction to Collins’s confirmation, and when it did, he filed a later story for Trouw, printed on February 25 noting that the military worked at CNN in the period from June 7, (a date confirmed by Eason to me) meaning that during the war a psy-ops person would have been at CNN during the last week.

“The facts are”, De Vries told me, ” that the US Army, US Special Operations Command and CNN personnel confirmed to me that military personnel have been involved in news production at CNN’s newsdesks. I found it simply astonishing. Of course CNN says these psyops personnel didn’t decide anything, write news reports, etcetera. What else can they say. Maybe it’s true, maybe not. The point is that these kind of close ties with the army are, in my view, completely unacceptable for any serious news organization. Maybe even more astonishing is the complete silence about the story from the big media. To my knowledge, my story was not mentioned by leading American or British newspapers, nor by Reuters or AP.”

Here at CounterPunch we agree with Abe de Vries, who told me he’d originally come upon the story through an article in the French newsletter, Intelligence On-line, February 17, which described a military symposium in Arlington, Virginia, held at the beginning of February of this year, discussing use of the press in military operations. Colonel Christopher St John, commander of the US Army’s 4th Psyops Group, was quoted by Intelligence On-Line’s correspondent, present at the symposium, as having, in the correspondent’s words, “called for greater cooperation between the armed forces and media giants. He pointed out that some army PSYOPS personnel had worked for CNN for several weeks and helped in the production of some news stories for the network.”

So, however insignificant Eason Jordan and other executives at CNN may now describe the Army psyops tours at CNN as having been, the commanding officer of the Psy-ops group thought them as sufficient significance to mention at a high level Pentagon seminar about propaganda and psychological warfare. It could be that CNN was the target of a psyops penetration and is still too na?ve to figure out what was going on.

It’s hard not to laugh when CNN execs like Eason Jordan start spouting high-toned stuff about CNN’s principles of objectivity and refusal to spout government or Pentagon propaganda. The relationship is most vividly summed up by the fact that Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s leading foreign correspondent, and a woman whose reports about the fate of Kosovan refugees did much to fan public appetite for NATO’s war, is literally and figuratively in bed with spokesman for the US State Department, and a leading propagandist for NATO during that war, her husband James Rubin.If CNN truly wanted to maintain the appearance of objectivity, it would have taken Amanpour off the story. Amanpour, by the way, is still a passionate advocate for NATO’s crusade, most recently on the Charlie Rose show.

In the first two weeks of the war in Kosovo CNN produced thirty articles for the Internet, according to de Vries, who looked them up for his first story. An average CNN article had seven mentions of Tony Blair, NATO spokesmen like Jamie Shea and David Wilby or other NATO officials. Words like refugees, ethnic cleansing, mass killings and expulsions were used nine times on the average. But the so-called Kosovo Liberation Armmy (0.2 mentions) and the Yugoslav civilian victims (0.3 mentions) barely existed for CNN.

During the war on Serbia, as with other recent conflicts involving the US, wars, CNN’s screen was filled with an interminable procession of US military officers. On April 27 of last year, Amy Goodman of the Pacifica radio network, put a good question to Frank Sesno, who is CNN’s senior vice president for political coverage.

GOODMAN:”If you support the practice of putting ex-military men -generals – on the payroll to share their opinion during a time of war, would you also support putting peace activists on the payroll to give a different opinion during a time of war? To be sitting there with the military generals talking about why they feel that war is not appropriate?”

FRANK SESNO: “We bring the generals in because of their expertise in a particular area. We call them analysts. We don’t bring them in as advocates. In fact, we actually talk to them about that – they’re not there as advocates.”

Exactly a week before Sesno said this, CNN had featured as one of its military analysts, Lt Gen Dan Benton, US Army Retired.

BENTON: “I don’t know what our countrymen that are questioning why we’re involved in this conflict are thinking about. As I listened to this press conference this morning with reports of rapes burning, villages being burned and this particularly incredible report of blood banks, of blood being harvested from young boys for the use of Yugoslav forces, I just got madder and madder. The United States has a responsibility as the only superpower in the world, and when we learn about these things, somebody has got to stand up and say, that’s enough, stop it, we aren’t going to put up with this. And so the United States is fulfilling its leadership responsibility with our NATO allies and are trying to stop these incredible atrocities.”

Please note what CNN’s supposedly non-advocatory analyst Benton was ranting about: a particularly bizarre and preposterous NATO propaganda item about 700 Albanian boys being used as human blood banks for Serb fighters.

So much for the “non-advocate” CNN. CP

http://www.counterpunch.org/2000/03/26/cnn-and-psyops/

This isn't exactly new people. Myself and others have been trying to tell you, that the mainstream media is nothing but propaganda for you soak up, for years now.

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Now regarding the CIA and the Benghazi attacks, consider this....

THE US mission in Benghazi that came under attack by militants on September 11 was mainly a secret CIA operation, the Wall Street Journal reports, shedding new light on the deadly assault.

President Barack Obama's administration has faced a storm of pre-election questions about why there was not more security at the US consulate where four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed on September 11.

The Wall Street Journal said on Friday the mission was mainly a CIA operation, adding that of the 30 American officials evacuated from Benghazi following the assault, just seven worked for the State Department.

It also identified the two security contractors killed in the attack - former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty - as working for the Central Intelligence Agency and not the State Department.

In a break from tradition, it said CIA director David Petraeus did not attend the ceremony when the coffins arrived back on American soil in order to conceal the CIA operation in eastern Libya.

It said the nearly two dozen CIA operatives secretly worked out of a separate building known as the "annex", where officials at the consulate had retreated following the initial attack before coming under fire again.

The operation, which hit the ground shortly after the start of the February 2011 revolt that overthrew Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was aimed at counterterrorism and securing heavy weapons held by the embattled regime.

The Journal suggested that the security lapse may have been caused by miscommunication between the CIA and the State Department, with the latter assuming the annex security team was a sufficient backup for its own guards.

"They were the cavalry," it quoted a senior US official as saying.

The Journal said that the day after the attack, the CIA sent Libyan security officials to the annex to destroy classified documents and sensitive equipment while leaving the charred and ransacked consulate - which by design had contained no classified materials - unattended.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/us-intelligence-denies-libya-embassy-delay/story-fn3dxix6-1226509103230

So here you have a CIA controlled media outlet forwarding lies about an attack on a secret CIA cell........color me fuging shocked.

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You mean a man named wolf blitzer is just a tv personality?

Who else is paying them?

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I don't like the uneven playinf field with propaganda. If this leaked under W good Lord what a firestorm.

What baffles me is why the cloak and dagger so much between the WH and the media unless they just simply want their guy to win at any cost. The dirt that is eventually going to come out may start our own revolution here. Yeah I just said revolution.

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The awakening is building momentum :)

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If people are willing to believe this with 0 evidence, then how exactly are they different from people who believe the government? There's literally nothing more to this being provided than "This person said so," but I'm not seeing anyone question it at all.

Could it be that you guys aren't as immune to propaganda as you think you are? You just like it from your point of view instead.

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If people are willing to believe this with 0 evidence, then how exactly are they different from people who believe the government? There's literally nothing more to this being provided than "This person said so," but I'm not seeing anyone question it at all.

Could it be that you guys aren't as immune to propaganda as you think you are? You just like it from your point of view instead.

I believe it because it's already been admitted by the CIA that they produce articles for our news services. The fact that the CIA controls and/or manipulates CNN, isn't exactly a new thing to me; as I've already pointed out in this thread.

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What does admitted by the CIA mean? Was it proven by those whistleblowers? Or was it just like this CNN case of someone who worked there making claims?

I don't know whether it's true or not. But I do know that someone claiming something is simply not enough for me.

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What does admitted by the CIA mean? Was it proven by those whistleblowers? Or was it just like this CNN case of someone who worked there making claims?

I don't know whether it's true or not. But I do know that someone claiming something is simply not enough for me.

I provided a video of the CIA admitting to the congress and the supreme court that they have agents that write articles for national news services. That was the from the 50's. IF they were doing it then, you can bet your ass they were doing it now. I then provided an article in which CIA officials admitted to staffing CNN with a CIA psyop task force....

Do you not read threads before you post in them?

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Operation mockingbird

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If people are willing to believe this with 0 evidence, then how exactly are they different from people who believe the government? There's literally nothing more to this being provided than "This person said so," but I'm not seeing anyone question it at all.

Could it be that you guys aren't as immune to propaganda as you think you are? You just like it from your point of view instead.

Is the concept this thread presents really all that shocking to you? All this story does is point out what we already know. We know the media picks and chooses the stories they air in order to shape the world view of the population in the direction that offers the ruling establishment the most leverage. Its all marketing when you really get down to it. Considering this, its no surprise that the most important stories and issues in the world today are for the most part neglected by the MSM or buried on page 46. Why? Because these stories offer concepts to the public that are threatening to the establishment stronghold. None of this should be a surprise. The CIA has been running media ops since the 50's. It's all propaganda designed to influence the way we look at things. Funny thing is, we have CNBC going rogue two weeks ago with their press on the $43 Trillion Lawsuit story...and the very next day exec Kevin Krim's kids are murdered. Actually its not funny at all...however it is very telling of the nature behind the business.

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Is the concept this thread presents really all that shocking to you? All this story does is point out what we already know. We know the media picks and chooses the stories they air in order to shape the world view of the population in the direction that offers the ruling establishment the most leverage. Its all marketing when you really get down to it. Considering this, its no surprise that the most important stories and issues in the world today are for the most part neglected by the MSM or buried on page 46. Why? Because these stories offer concepts to the public that are threatening to the establishment stronghold. None of this should be a surprise. The CIA has been running media ops since the 50's. It's all propaganda designed to influence the way we look at things. Funny thing is, we have CNBC going rogue two weeks ago with their press on the $43 Trillion Lawsuit story...and the very next day exec Kevin Krim's kids are murdered. Actually its not funny at all...however it is very telling of the nature behind the business.

Is the concept shocking? Absolutely not. But that doesn't mean I'm going to put any stock in it until I see proof. That's the way everyone should approach it. Believing everything that 'sounds believable' is no better than just believing the government.

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