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Government Propaganda Experts at CNN

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Angrysamoan, Sep 14, 2001.

  1. Angrysamoan

    Angrysamoan New Jack

    Joined: Aug 12, 2001 Messages: 42 Likes Received: 0
    Here's some news on CNN from a year and a half ago...

    -----Original Message-----
    FAIR-L
    Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
    Media analysis, critiques and news reports

    ACTION ALERT: WHY WERE GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA EXPERTS WORKING ON NEWS AT CNN?

    March 27, 2000

    Reports in the Dutch newspaper Trouw (2/21/00, 2/25/00) and France's
    Intelligence Newsletter (2/17/00) have revealed that several officers from
    the US Army's 4th Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Group at Ft. Bragg
    worked in the news division at CNN's Atlanta headquarters last year,
    starting in the final days of the Kosovo War.

    In the U.S. media, so far only Alexander Cockburn, columnist for The Nation
    and co-editor of the newsletter CounterPunch, has picked up on the story.
    Cockburn's column on the subject is available at http://www.counterpunch.org

    The story is disturbing. In the 1980s, officers from the 4th Army PSYOPS
    group staffed the National Security Council's Office of Public Diplomacy
    (OPD), a shadowy government propaganda agency that planted stories in the
    U.S. media supporting the Reagan Administration's Central America policies.

    A senior US official described OPD as a "vast psychological warfare
    operation of the kind the military conducts to influence a population in
    enemy territory." (Miami Herald, 7/19/87) An investigation by the
    congressional General Accounting Office found that OPD had engaged in
    "prohibited, covert propaganda activities," and the office was soon shut
    down as a result of the Iran-Contra investigations. But the 4th PSYOPS group
    still operates.

    CNN has always maintained a close relationship with the Pentagon. Getting
    access to top military officials is a necessity for a network that stakes
    its reputation on being first on the ground during wars and other military
    operations.

    What makes the CNN story especially troubling is the fact that the network
    allowed the Army's covert propagandists to work in its headquarters, where
    they learned the ins and outs of CNN's operations. Even if the PSYOPS
    officers working in the newsroom did not influence news reporting, did the
    network allow the military to conduct an intelligence-gathering mission
    against CNN itself?

    For instance, one PSYOPS officer worked in CNN's satellite division.
    According to Intelligence Newsletter, rear admiral Thomas Steffens, a
    psychological warfare expert in the Special Operations Command, recently
    told a PSYOPS conference that the military needed to find ways to "gain
    control" over commercial news satellites to help bring down an
    "informational cone of silence" over regions where special operations were
    taking place.

    An unofficial strategy paper published by the U.S. Naval War College in 1996
    and written by an Army officer ("Military Operations in the CNN World: Using
    the Media as a Force Multiplier") urged military commanders to find ways to
    "leverage the vast resources of the fourth estate" for the purposes of
    "communicating the [mission's] objective and endstate, boosting friendly
    morale, executing more effective psychological operations, playing a major
    role in deception of the enemy, and enhancing intelligence collection."


    ACTION: Please write to CNN and ask why the network allowed government
    propaganda specialists to work in their news division.

    As always, please remember that letters are taken more seriously if they
    maintain a professional tone. Please cc-copies of your correspondence to
    [email protected].

    CONTACT:
    Eason Jordan
    President, CNN International Networks and Newsgathering
    mailto:[email protected]
    Fax: 404-827-3134
     
  2. brown twinkie

    brown twinkie Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 6, 2001 Messages: 8,127 Likes Received: 0
    can you start leaving an actual link to this stuff please.....
     
  3. brown twinkie

    brown twinkie Veteran Member

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  4. Angrysamoan

    Angrysamoan New Jack

    Joined: Aug 12, 2001 Messages: 42 Likes Received: 0
    Sorry, I would've left a link but I got it forwarded to me in an e-mail.
     
  5. Angrysamoan

    Angrysamoan New Jack

    Joined: Aug 12, 2001 Messages: 42 Likes Received: 0
    hmmm i don't think that the response was really sufficient.
     
  6. brown twinkie

    brown twinkie Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 6, 2001 Messages: 8,127 Likes Received: 0
    i had never even heard of, or considered really this psyops division......
     
  7. CATS

    CATS Senior Member

    Joined: May 30, 2001 Messages: 1,600 Likes Received: 0
    Truth is only what you believe....

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    One day I hope they make an action figure out of me.
     
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