German Journalist Blows Whistle On How The CIA Controls The Media

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

“I was bribed by billionaires, I was bribed by the Americans to report…not exactly the truth.”


- Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of one of Germany’s main daily publications, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Some readers will see this and immediately dismiss it as Russian propaganda since the interview appeared on RT. This would be a serious mistake.

Whether you want to admit it or not, CIA control of the media in the U.S. and abroad is not conspiracy theory, it is conspiracy fact.

Carl Bernstein, who is best known for his reporting on Watergate, penned a 25,000 word article in Rolling Stone after spending six months looking at the relationship of the CIA and the press during the Cold War years. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the entire thing here.

In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America’s leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election. He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do so by the newspapers that printed his column. He went at the request of the CIA.


Alsop is one of more than 400 American journalists who in the past twenty?five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters. Some of these journalists’ relationships with the Agency were tacit; some were explicit. There was cooperation, accommodation and overlap. Journalists provided a full range of clandestine services—from simple intelligence gathering to serving as go?betweens with spies in Communist countries.


Reporters shared their notebooks with the CIA. Editors shared their staffs. Some of the journalists were Pulitzer Prize winners, distinguished reporters who considered themselves ambassadors without?portfolio for their country. Most were less exalted: foreign correspondents who found that their association with the Agency helped their work; stringers and freelancers who were as interested in the derring?do of the spy business as in filing articles; and, the smallest category, full?time CIA employees masquerading as journalists abroad.


In many instances, CIA documents show, journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations.

Like any good intelligence agency, the CIA learned from its mistakes upon being exposed, and has since adjusted tactics. This is where the concept of “non-official cover” comes into play. The term was recently described by German journalist Udo Ulfkotte, in a blistering RT interview. Mr. Ulfkotte was previously a respected journalist for one of Germany’s main dailies, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), so he is no small fry.

“Non-official cover” occurs when a journalist is essentially working for the CIA, but it’s not in an official capacity. This allows both parties to reap the rewards of the partnership, while at the same time giving both sides plausible deniability. The CIA will find young journalists and mentor them. Suddenly doors will open up, rewards will be given, and before you know it, you owe your entire career to them. That’s essentially how it works. But don’t take it from me…


If this peaked your curiosity, read about Operation Mockingbird.

Also see my post: How Hollywood Became “Propagandist in Chief” by John Pilger

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Bumbu Sauce's picture

Reported to

X.inf.capt's picture

goldman sachs rules the world...

including the CIA...

pods's picture

Yeah, the CIA controls the media.  Why?  Cause Amerika, fuck yeah!

CIA controls the media, bankers control the CIA. 


Or it could be the ekm theory?  Bankers vs MIC?

Who knows. They all can bloat a Liberian Goat for all I care.  


max2205's picture

Then you get the poison micro dart

Wolferl's picture

There are soo many German journalists and politicans and others on the pay role of the US government. Actually old news but finally one of them speaks out. This is about time. But i doubt you´ll hear much about it in the German MSM. Well those running them are on the US payrole, you know.

Keyser's picture

Yep, saw this interview yesterday... Do you think it will change anything?  Me neither... 

zaphod's picture

The US's black budget for three letter agencies is roughly $80B/yr, at least as far as we know. 

That is a lot of cash to be able to spead each and every year. Just what do people think it's going towards? 

Liberal's picture

COME ON, you guys....Who you gonna believe, a German dude with a toupee like that or my beloved government? 


Our government never lies.  Our government never lies.  Our government never lies...

The Juggernaut's picture

They are the spies for facism.  Check out a company named In-Tel-Q.

Latina Lover's picture

How about going back into history, and researching operation Mockingbird?  Just google Mockingbird CIA and find out that there is nothing new under the sun.

Divided States of America's picture

American billiionaires???? There are 2400 billionaires in the world as of last count...thats miniscue...but out of that 2400, half of them are Jews who own MSM.....any sheep dont wake up by this fact should stay on course to the slaughterhouse.

Anusocracy's picture

And how many of those dickwads would uberwealthy without the existence of government?

Government chooses winners and creates losers.

BellyBrain's picture

Makes one wonder how many "donations" a big site like ZeroHedge gets from the uberparasites...

espirit's picture

CIA in 1953?


Hold on, I've got to check that factoid.

Colonel Klink's picture

The media is controlled!?!?!

._.  <--- my shocked face

honkadoo's picture

There's the Joos comment.  Thank you simple-minded fellow.

Duffy's picture

So the fact {I'll assume, arguendo} that half of the world's billionaires are from a ethnoreligious group comprising less than .01% of the world's population has no merit as a topic of discussion, and, by inference, doing so is per se "anti-Semitic?"


One question:  can you provide a cogent argument as to why it is not a topic for discussion and per se 'hate' that does not merely presuppose same when and only when the group in question are "Joos"?


Take your time.  I'm genuinely interested.  Look up what it is to 'presuppose' if you must.

Divided States of America's picture

Hey Duffy, youre not francis sawyer or Hy_Brasillian are ya??? some similarities with your writing.

espirit's picture

If it was francis, ~  ~ ~ would still be a trademark.

COSMOS's picture

If I wasnt baking bread right now I would weigh in on the Joooos. LOL

CapnJackDaniel's picture

You actually make some good points. But using 'per se' twice in such a short piece? Everything good you said you wrecked. 

Duffy's picture

nope - if you know what per se means, you'll know why I specifically used it.


Clearly, someone who hates Jews can and often will talk about Jewish power.


But, and here's the rub, the point is that talking about Jewish power, as such, without more, in and of itself, is not "hate" - in fact, what is "racist" is claiming it is hate and forbidden to discuss Jewish power as such, but not caring about such discussions as to any other group.


Not one junker can provide an argument other than an illogical double standard.  I don't respect such a standard, even though it means being junked by people who aren't especially bright, use double standards as to sociological discussions, or both.


I estimate that most people here understand the nuance, but your average hasbara apologist for the racist, apartheid, colonialist, nuclear rogue state of Israel simply don't care about true versus not true.


I do - even if I am, no doubt, not always right.


Just almost always.


Relatedly - Israel did 9/11 - and it's not "anti-Semitic" to say so with reasons supplied - but it IS racist to presuppose that accusations that Israel committed a crime is racist, where the same people typically presuppose that Arab or Muslims did something or possess some negative quality or aspiration as a group.



A shorthand way of saying this is that the threshold for what we call "racist" is far too low for Jews as a group and for Israel - and that excludes needed conversation on, for example, the power of the pro-Israel lobby, which concerns me more than anything. 


It is patently obvious that when a small ethnoreligious group with deep ties to a foreign country which seeks to use US blood and treasure to protect it by attacking its neighbors gives half or more of private donations to both parties, when every candidate must kiss AIPAC's ring and kiss the wailing wall - this isn't because of 2.5% of the country's votes.


Anyone claiming it isn't a far topic of conversation is either too stupid to understand why it is, or is simply anious to protext disproportionate Jewish and/or Zionist power.  So flinging "anti-Semite" at discussion of that power is little more than a means to protect it - for the benefit of Jews and Israel, not American society as a whole.

vie's picture

I suspect "Jew" is too broad a brush... which the Zionists want you to use so they can hide behind it.  These are generally not true Abrahamic Jews that reject Zionism we're talking about.  It's not Jews, but Zionists that are the problem.  The real root problem imho is any group that thinks they're both vitimized by and superior to everyone else... sounds a lot like the Nazi's when you think about it.  

BigDuke6's picture

Very smart for a jock, wee man.

Here is an important link - it may have been tidied up by now but it was the thread that changed ZH.  After this thread they brought in the new rules and banned some folks.

I rarely come on this site now.

Bangalore Equity Trader's picture

Listen Duke.

Everything changed after Murdock bought the "ORIGINAL" hedge.

mvsjcl's picture

Yep. "Clean" it they did.

topshelfstuff's picture

YouTube - Veterans Today -

“There has never been any prosecution that we’re aware of for Israelis cyber-spying because our national security is totally compromised when it comes to Israel, you just cannot prosecute Israel,” Jim W. Dean, managing editor of Veterans Today, told Press TV on Monday.

He made the remarks when asked about accusations levied against China by FBI Director James Comey.

In an interview on Sunday, Comey accused China of using extremely aggressive methods to break into US systems to steal information that would benefit their industry.

He said that the United States spends billions of dollars each year to counter what he described as China’s cyber-war against the American companies.

“Everything that he (Comey) accused China of doing, strictly with stealing trade secrets, the Israelis have also been doing for years and years, and including to that is military espionage and stealing nuclear secrets,” Dean said. “Treasonous Americans even in Congress, they make a career out of serving Israel in attacking the US and not only American Jews participate in this but non-Jews also,” he stated.

barre-de-rire's picture

said the germano-american nazi. who built hitler, who rebuild same stuff in kiev 80 years later...


a-me-ri- K.K.K

Amerikan Patriot's picture

What I'm 'waking up to', Bob, is that you're a racist.

You silly (racist) goose!

CHX's picture

AP, DS just stated a fact, no judgment whatsoever.

StandardDeviant's picture

But is it [% of billionaires...] a fact?  "Half" seems a) improbable, and b) highly likely to have been picked entirely out of thin air.

"Citation needed".

TruthInSunshine's picture

The 'Media' is an extension of the Military-Banking/WallStreet-IntelligencePsychOps-Pharma Complex.

The fukkin' CIA had that hunchback, Julia Childs, working for them back in the 1960s, FFS.

Anyone that disputes or has any doubt - at minimum - that the U.S. 'Media,' owned by 6 corporations (that own every branch of government as well as regulatory/enforcement agencies), in a pure state of Sheeple denial.

Chupacabra-322's picture

"The fukkin' CIA had that hunchback, Julia Childs, working for them back in the 1960s, FFS."

Don't forget about Chuck Barris from Hit Show The Gong Show. These fuckers love Hollyweird.

msmith9962's picture

I understand the director of the CIA was the unknown comic.

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

A fantastic site if you want to get into spies, money and betrayal:

These are just some of the recent postings. This stuff's been dirty long before 1948...


Lore's picture

In-Q-Tel.  You touch on the saddest part of current affairs: priority has shifted from delivery of good intelligence, through cutting-edge data collection and analysis, in the ostensible pursuit of laudable goals, to the push for new and improved techniques for suppressing scandal and keeping the public in the dark.  It's a very unhealthy environment, where different individuals and groups jockey for power and where corruption renders whole regimes - including large parts of our own - dangerously unstable.  There is no "moral high ground."  It's a harsh reality check for eager beavers who suddenly find themselves in over their heads and likely to end up as bagholders for retiring psychopaths.  I would not want to be part of the intelligence community at this juncture.

StychoKiller's picture

Do some research on Wackenhut also.

Latina Lover's picture

Our government always lies, our government always lies, our government always lies. 

Keyser's picture

You're doing it wrong... You're supposed to throw the bait first, then ease into the racial slurs... 

Divided States of America's picture

Yup....leave that to me. I am the master at that.

Wolferl's picture

Btw, Germany´s main daily newspaper is still the Bild with about 6 million copies afair. But those guys are bought by the CIA too.