German Journalist Blows Whistle On How The CIA Controls The Media

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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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emersonreturn's picture is this different than dumping fonz simply because he was posting outside the party line?

Anglophobe's picture

i was watching the movie eagle eye today, you know the one where a computer takes over and launches operation gulliotine to kill off the executive branch ... it decided that the ex branch was no longer acting in the best interest of the people and it used the rationale of the patriot act to kill them off ... wow ... crossing my fingers this can actually happen .... then again in real life such a device would prolly be outsorced to booz allen hamiltion or some shit ... jeez we are fuct 


Freddie's picture

Carl Bernstein?  Who handed Woodward and Bernstein the Nixon file? Ben Bradlee who got it from the See Eye Aye because Wash Post is totally controlled by them.

Mary Pinchot Meyer, JFK Mistress, Assassinated By CIA, New Book Says

Her husband Cord Meyer ran Operation Mockingbird.  She was a ditz who was interested in LSD and sex with JFK. 

Also missing from the history books is a diary that Meyer is said to have kept, which her brother-in-law at the time, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, sought to retrieve sometime in the 24 hours after her death. Bradlee said the diary contained mostly sketches, but Janney said he believes it held a detailed account of her affair with Kennedy, and may have revealed who might have wanted her killed.

OldPhart's picture

I'm just a dumbass American who's grinding away at his job.

Does this mean government is lying to me?  Has been lying to me?!  Has always been lying to me?!!

Holy shit, who'd a thunk!


I'll have to watch the 'news' to see how they clean this shit out.

Buck Johnson's picture

Our country is as good as dead, you all know that right?


The Proletariat's picture
...."The CIA Controls The Media"


gdpetti's picture

Yeah, like we didn't learn that long ago, especially after reading 'Conversations with the Crow'.

BigJim's picture

Still, the more people know about this, the better.

mkkby's picture

Follow the money, fuck tards. Where does the CIA get money?  Some from their own drug/gun dealing.  But mostly from THE BANKSTERS.  Lop off the head and the underlings will just fade away.

IndyPat's picture

No doubt.

Two words for my ZH brothers and sisters:

Anderson Fucking Cooper

Ok, that's three, but warranted. That wormy CIA fag has shined every nob at Langly. I really liked his green screen work at Sandy Hook, too. The CIA just isn't that good anymore. This shit is too easy to spot.
Another fun example. Press Secretary...

Josh Fucking Ernest

Come on! Not even hiding it. Also, anyone see Major Garrett going Ebola stupid on open mic at the WH press room? Wish I still had the link. They are all in the company. Just another sit com.

indygo55's picture

Hope this is just the beginning.

auntiesocial's picture

adding this guy to my deadpool immediately

Gene Parmesan's picture

Strange - I'm not seeing this story showing up on CNN/MSNBC/FOX/etc for some reason. Maybe they're putting the finishing touches on it.

DollarMenu's picture

Maybe, because they are preparing their story on Ebola:


Open Mic, "We're screwed"

falconflight's picture

The CIA?  How about General Electric?  How about the DNC?  

Duffy's picture

You were going to ask "How about organized, transnational Zionism" next but got too tired, is that right?

Tsar Pointless's picture

No. The hell you say. I, for one, am shocked. See for yourself - this is my "shocked" face.

Hulk's picture

ABC,CBS,NBC,CIA. I'm starting to detect a pattern here...

X.inf.capt's picture

alphabet soup agencies...

layman_please's picture

you missed the government 

OldPhart's picture

Whatever you do, don't get angry.  Have another beer and turn on dancing with the stars.

You know we don't like you getting angry, even if just have a latent tendancy to tear the shit out of everything.

Big breath, another beer...maybe a tequila with it.  Keep watching the sedation we've provided.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

bribed by billionares.........interesting

1stepcloser's picture

So it isn't the jews?

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

i foresee a nail gun in his future

Whalley World's picture

No kids and 4 heart attacks, guy does not seem to care much about being suicided

ThirdWorldDude's picture

I bet he does care about his wellbeing deep down inside, for otherwise he could've provided names, dates, theme of doctored stories...

p00k1e's picture

The ‘Jew’ could possibly be a Nazi invention. 

Jesus is blond/blue.  I’ve never seen a blond/blue Arab in Dearborn, MI USA.   Just say’in. 

besnook's picture

kill all jews! there. feel better? fn asshole.

dracos_ghost's picture

Soooo, this guy has no fucking integrity and we're listening to his self-absolution whine? And it's heartening to see that German billionaires and German intelligence are so above the fray.


Shekels's picture

.... and who controls the cia ?

WarPony's picture


 CBS -Sumner M. "Rothstein" Redstone

Comcast (NBC) - Brian L. Roberts (son of Suzanne Fleisher - a  Jewish family)

ABC – Walt Disney (Goldman)- current chairman Robert Allen "Bob" Iger (born to a Jewish family).

Time Warner - fergetaboutit -mob/Jews and gubment?

My guess the same "City of Londoners trillionaiers" who control the BIS?   The Zionesuitas?

p00k1e's picture

The Diamond market is contrived too. 

p00k1e's picture

Gods too...


The Simpsons Stonecutters Song

Duffy's picture

who controls the diamond market?  Black Africans - is that right?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

I just can't help bringing this one out of the "attic" again....

The only difference between the people at CNN who turned in Chuck Jaco is that they never identified themselves publically out of fear and retribution and it took them 20 years...


IndyPat's picture

An oldie but a goodie!
Never gets old. At the time this was airing, I was a clueless flag waver.
Watching it now, it's hard to believe I didn't question more back then. Could have been the beer or the sorority girls. Just sit and watch George the Elder freedom the absolute shit out of Iraq for hours. I was such a clueless asshole.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Just sit and watch George the Elder freedom the absolute shit out of Iraq for hours. I was such a clueless asshole.


Ditto on that for me as well. Guilty as charged.

Then along came Bush the Younger on 9/11!...

Bell's 2 hearted's picture

heh heh


it wouldn't surprise me in the lest if THIS site a front for someone

JustObserving's picture

The CIA has owned the media since the 1950s and Operation Mockingbird:

"You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month." - CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories. "Katherine The Great," by Deborah Davis (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991)


"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." -- William Colby, former CIA Director, cited by Dave Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy


Since the beginning of the week, the three most influential mass circulation newsmagazines of the United States, Britain, and Germany—Time, The Economist, and Der Spiegel—have published cover stories that combine wild accusations against Vladimir Putin with demands for a showdown with Russia.

The most striking and obvious characteristic of these cover stories is that they are virtually identical. The CIA has scripted them all. The stories employ the same insults and the same fabrications. They denounce Putin’s “web of lies.” The Russian president is portrayed as a “depraved” mass murderer.

Oldrepublic's picture

calls girls have more integrity

Duffy's picture

If you hadn't linked to that site several times I never would have thought to take it seriously.  They do some good work, their collectivist worldview notwithstanding.

WhyWait's picture

It's one thing to infer it, another thing to know.  

¡You hoo! Calling all single childless senior American Journalists who've had three heart attacks and are ready to die?  We need you now! 

RaceToTheBottom's picture

He will be Ebola-ed

Seasmoke's picture

Got German Gold ???

Inthemix96's picture

Well thats the entire ZH community shocked to the fucking core then isnt it?

C EYE EEDA controls the fucking media??  Fuck off and talk sense.

Wonder whats happening with the ISIL, ISIS, along soon then?



alexcojones's picture

But how about this former CIA agent?

Robert David Steele, 62, is a former CIA clandestine services case officer. . . Steele confirms everything FOTM has said about the Sandy Hook school massacre on December 14, 2012, and the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013 — that they were false flag events.

A “false flag” event is some traumatic public incident that is:

  • False: The public are given an untruthful version of the event by the government and the media. The falsity can range from no one actually had been killed or hurt (it was all theater); to some of the alleged victims are real; to all the alleged victims are real but the alleged perpetrator(s) is a fall guy who was set up by the “real” conspirators behind the scenes.
  • Results in a “rallying around the flag” effect: Whatever the true nature of the “false flag” event, the objective is to arouse and manipulate the emotions (fear, anger, outrage, indignation) of the American people so that they’ll “rally around the flag” in an outburst of patriotism, supplying the current White House occupant and his (and his party’s) policies with their support and loyalty.


“From where I sit, both the [Sandy Hook Elementary] school in Connecticut and the Boston Bombing were false flag operations.

“The school in Connecticut had been closed for years. There were no students, no teachers, no parent-teacher associations. The paramedics were not allowed into the school. From where I sit, that was a complete false flag. It was a drill. But … others have exposed the actors who were involved, financial relations with the families that were allegedly victimized, who had their homes bought and were then given exit pass. All of that is on the record, but you don’t see the media covering that.”


Wolf meets with Oath Keepers / CIA Spy confirms Sandy Hook and Boston bombing “false flags”