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ERIC Number: ED163458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 23
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The CIA-Media Connection.
Zerbinos, Eugenia
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has paid journalists, used information from unpaid journalists, owned foreign media outlets, planted stories, and put the lid on other stories throughout its 30-year history. Journalism makes a good cover for agents because journalists can ask questions without arousing suspicion. It has been estimated that between 40 and 400 overseas journalists from all media have been on the CIA payroll at least part time. They have written stories, cut them, or not printed them at all at the request of the CIA. On at least some occasions, false stories have been planted in the foreign press, have been reprinted in the United States, and have misled the American public. The use of journalists as agents has met opposition from the owners and publishers of the various news media and has raised questions about the ability of a journalist to serve the purposes of the intelligence community and retain integrity as a newsperson. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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