Controlling U.S. Media
Operation Mockingbird was a secret scheme by the CIA to control media content and it started in 1950, shortly after the CIA came into being. The information was withheld from the American public by media personnel and media corporation that were receiving the funds, and withheld by other media sources that knew about it.
The scheme by the CIA to pay media sources to manipulate the news, so successful at keeping the public uninformed and denying actual events, that it was extended to foreign media. It also actually owned some media sources and magazines.
The American people not only unknowingly funded Operation Mockingbird, but also suffered the adverse consequences from continued covert operations.
(The San Francisco-based magazine, Ramparts, published articles referring various CIA activities in the 1960s. In the late 1960s, Ramparts magazine became interested in the FAA retaliation again former FAA airlines safety inspector that they hired famed San Francisco investigator, Hal Lipset, to conduct an investigation, taking a team from San Francisco to the Los Angeles regional offices. They felt that the CIA was someone involved.Some years later, when Stich's activities were threatening to expose the many people and groups involved, the San Francisco CIA-front law firm of Friedman, Sloan and Ross did get involved. They filed a sham lawsuit that needed a powerful force in the federal government to circumvent dozens of state and federal statutes and other laws and facts that barred the action, to obtain the cooperation of dozens of California judges, dozens of federal judges, and to protect the law firm and their lawyers from the consequences of their unlawful actions. The overwhelming evidence arising out of that matter indicated it was a scheme controlled by personnel in the U.S. Department of Justice.)
The CIA paid Philip Graham of the Washington Post to run and control the secret news distortion/cover-ups from their position in the U.S. media industry. Later parties in the operation included the New York Times, CBS, Newsweek, and other media sources. Taxpayer funds were used to bribe journalists and publishers. In this way, U.S. politicians were able to plant bogus stories to start such deadly wars as Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Obviously, the scheme had awesome blowback consequences for the American people.
Judging from the media's cover-ups of the massive evidence of drug smuggling by the CIA in the 1980s and 1990s, the deceptive withholding of this information (and even denial of its existence) from the American people indicated the scheme was still operating.
Captain Stich discovered this secrecy. From the 1960s to this date, Stich as a key federal airline safety inspector, and his group of former CIA, FBI, and other insiders repeatedly reported to media sources the corrupt and criminal activities in powerful federal groups that they discovered as part of their official duties, and the oftentimes deadly consequences. Total cover-ups—enabling four decades of great, deadly and catastrophic consequences. See also Letter list to members of Congress and letters from members of Congress, from 1965 to the present date. Can the American people really trust the U.S. media!!
In the 1950s book, Mockingbird: The Subversion of the Free Press by the CIA), the author stated that "some 3,000 salaried and contract CIA employees were eventually engaged in propaganda efforts." The CIA's influences in Hollywood resulted in the movie, Animal Farm.
The bribing of U.S. media enabled U.S. newspaper to withhold information on the plans by U.S. Politicians to withhold reporting on numerous operations. CIA plat overthrowing the democratically-elected government in Iran, known as Operation Ajax, CIA drug smuggling and system wide cover-up throughout the U.S. government, including the National Security Agency, FBI, military. This continued into the invasion of Iraq, with especially supportive media reporting by the New York Times.
Many years later, one of the directors in the program, revealed his role in these events and wrote:
- "If the director of CIA wanted to extend a present, say, to someone in Europe—a Labour leader—suppose he just thought, This man can use fifty thousand dollars, he's working well and doing a good job - he could hand it to him and never have to account to anybody... There was simply no limit to the money it could spend and no limit to the people it could hire and no limit to the activities it could decide were necessary to conduct the war—the secret war... It was a multinational. Maybe it was one of the first. Journalists were a target, labor unions a particular target—that was one of the activities in which the communists spent the most money."
Operation Mockingbird was used to discredit and silence such reporters exposing corrupt activities in government. Sampling: Jack Anderson, Joe Alsop, Drew Pearson, Walter Lippmann, Ed Murrow, among others, as well as whistleblowers.