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Operation Mockingbird

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11.01.2017 Author: Martin BergerShould We Recoin the Term Orwellian into Obamian?

 

After US Presdient Barack Obama’s two terms in office it gets increasingly clear for everyone that freedom of speech in the United States can be described as rigid control that the state exercises over the media and journalists, while those who refuse to cooperate with the system find themselves deprived of a chance to publish or promote their articles anywhere.

As it’s been noted in a report drafted by the former editor-in-chief of the Washington Post, Leonard Downie, since the era of Richard Nixon, no American president was as hostile to the media as Barack Obama. The report also notes that the Obama administration has been routinely spying on journalists, while punishing harshly any and all whistleblowers.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) argues that a state can hardly be regarded as a democracy if it has a DoD manual that reads as follows:

Persons authorized to accompany the armed forces are often referred to, and treated as, “civilians,” since they are not members of the armed forces. However, as discussed below, persons authorized to accompany the armed forces are also treated like “combatants” in some respects.

States may need to censor journalists’ work or take other security measures so that journalists do not reveal sensitive information to the enemy. Under the law of war, there is no special right for journalists to enter a State’s territory without its consent or to access areas of military operations without the consent of the State conducting those operations.

It should be noted that Operation Mockingbird, launched by the CIA in the 1950s, has never ceased to exist. The main objective of this operation was and still is to influence both the US and foreign media through agents that have been planted among genuine journalists. When the operation was made official, US authorities already had thousands permanent and contracted agents of the CIA embedded within hundreds of Western media outlets. and it seems that nothing has changed since those days, with the Western media spreading disinformation, producing propaganda and whitewashing anything that might harm the well-being of Western special interests.

It’s curious that in late 2016, Washington allocated 1.5 million dollars for sponsoring those people that are tasked with the mission of “inspiring the masses” in the Middle East and to “supervise media sources in the region.” Without a doubt, this money will be spent on the training of representatives of opposition media sources, which are trying to make Middle Eastern audience as pro-Washington as possible.

In this context, institutions such as the Bureau of Near East Affairs, The Office of Press and Public Diplomacy (NEA / PPD) and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are now in search of NGOs that will present their own projects on training and cooperation with Middle Eastern media sources. The organization(s) to be employed by the above mentioned entities will operate under the direct control of US “experts”, tasked with the goal of controlling local media sources and organizing seminars and workshops for Middle Eastern journalists.
http://journal-neo.org/2017/01/11/should-we-recoin-the-term-orwellian-into-obamian/

 


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Berto Jongman: Udo Ulfkotte –Europe’s Most Courageous Journalist Who Exposed CIA Control Over European Media — DiesCategories: Ethics,Media

Berto Jongman

The death is not so suspicious. It has been reported as a regular heart attack after he had survived several other heart attacks before and did not recover well from a case of malaria Tropicana.Over the years he moved in the direction of rightwing circles. His latest books were on silent islamization and the profitable refugee industry. He also issued a publication based on a German secret domestic intelligence  report on no-go zones for the police in Germany

Paul Craig Roberts in Global Research: Udo Ulfkotte: Europe’s Courageous Journalism Voice Has Passed Away

Global Research: Udo Ulfkotte’s Powerful Message: “German Politicians are US Puppets”. German Journalists are Urged to Bias their Writings in Favor of the US

Global Research: Dr.Udo Ulfkotte: World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake

 


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Just for the record, - and some political perspective, and in case anyone is under the illusion that Ulfkotte was anything of a progressive.

Actually, he was a well-known conservative nationalist on the domestic German political scene who expounded strongly anti-immigrant views, - and even anti-Muslim views, though he had himself converted to Islam for a while before reverting to Christianity. 

In Germany, Ulfkotte was associated with the Centre Party (often referred to as the Catholic Centre Party) which is a strongly conservative, religious and nationalist party that was key to enabling Hitler's rise to political power in the 1930s.

No doubt his death will be greatly lamented within conservative nationalist circles. And amongst those few Babblers happy to dance in those circles. 


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of course you totally miss the point here, with this thread....I don`t care what so called ideology one may have...if they can offer important information, then let`s hear it...and yes it is often people close to ruling circles who may have access to such information...obviously whistle blowers are always in these circles...your criticism is total distraction.....


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for the interests of anyone interested in the real world underlaying our mythology of democracy and freedom and justice......

Ulfkotte published a book explaining how the CIA had a hand on every significant journalist in Europe, which effectually gave Washington control over European opinion and reduced knowledge of and opposition to Washington’s control over European heads of state. Essentially, there are no European governments independent of Washington.


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iyraste1313 wrote:

Essentially, there are no European governments independent of Washington.

Is this supposed to be some sort of novel insight?


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Michael Moriarity wrote:
iyraste1313 wrote:

Essentially, there are no European governments independent of Washington.

Is this supposed to be some sort of novel insight?

i know. i don't get the point. with something like 800 military bases outside the US borders there's virtually a handful of countries in the world independent of Washington.


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So even Russia isn't independent of Washington?

Yes, I know that most of the Russian landmass is in Asia, but they've gone on for a very long time about being European, and I believe that most of the population and major cities are in Europe...

And major developed European countries are NOT colonies of the US. France and Germany are imperialist powers in their own right, as is the UK.


sherpa-finn
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iyraste1313 wrote:

for the interests of anyone interested in the real world underlaying our mythology of democracy and freedom and justice......Ulfkotte published a book explaining how the CIA had a hand on every significant journalist in Europe...

I think this gets today's Prize for Hyperbolic Silliness.  In fact, what Ulfkotte wrote was an acknowledgement that as a right-wing voice in the German media, he himself had indeed accepted CIA money for spinning stories in favour of American interests.

Once Ulfkotte was wholly discredited as a journalist in Germany for his advocacy of assorted right-wing conspiracy theories (layered on top of the typical anti-immigrant, racist nastiness) he decided to turn his guns onto his former colleagues and profession, arguing that he wasn't the ONLY journalist to take CIA money. So, there is lots of innuendo and accusation in his book, accompanied with little if any evidence of anyone's malfeasance but his own.

And if you think German journalism is in Washington's pocket, you just haven't been paying attention. 


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I often look to Der Spiegel for in-depth reporting on climate and other environmental issues. They are very good on that front.


iyraste1313
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Is this supposed to be some sort of novel insight?....

......hopefully not...just trying to provde further evidence and testimonies from various sources as to the nature of the betrayal of the MSM and its present attempts to promote global war!

And if you think German journalism is in Washington's pocket, you just haven't been paying attention. ...

...thanks for your opinion...but some evidence to counter the thesis presented in this thread would be interesting...I have been reading lately numerous whistleblowers exposing the degree of CIA intrigue behind the manipulation of the MSM in North America and Europe......

what I am trying to get at is the motive forces behind the total falsification by the MSM...can you deny this?

and Hyperbolic Silliness?

Your dismissal of this is outrageous...the motive of Ulfkotte was his outrage at the promotion of global war by the European MSM....

or do you actually believe that all is well, nothing to worry about...go back to sleep?

 

 


Michael Moriarity
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iyraste1313 wrote:

what I am trying to get at is the motive forces behind the total falsification by the MSM...can you deny this?

Chomsky has been documenting this process in detail for decades. See, for example, his 1989 book "Necessary Illusions".


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