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Home Main Forums General Discussion R. Scheer: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

  • antigop (715 posts)
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    R. Scheer: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

    http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/joel_whitney_cia_propaganda_cold_war_scheer_intelligence_20170317

    In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author and co-founder of Guernica magazine.

    Whitney’s new book, “Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World’s Best Writers,” explores how the CIA influenced acclaimed writers and publications during the Cold War to produce subtly anti-communist material. During the interview, Scheer and Whitney discuss these manipulations and how the CIA controlled major news agencies and respected literary publications (such as the Review).

    Their talk comes at a particularly tense time in American politics, as accusations of fake news and Russian propaganda fly from both sides of the aisle. But the history detailed in Whitney’s book presents a valuable lesson for writers hoping to avoid similar manipulations today.

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  • Tuesday (524 posts)
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    1. maybe we should bring back the word "fink"

    Seems to fit some of those DNC types

  • jwirr (2815 posts)
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    2. While objecting to the word "fink" (It was my grandfather's last name) I am

    extremely glad someone besides me has finally talked about the false messages we were given all those years. And for the same reason they are pushing it now. They made the MIC into a money machine for the rich. War is profitable.

  • senz (4725 posts)
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    3. Thank you so much for this.

    The subject is extremely interesting to me.  I found a source for the podcast of this piece and will listen to it tonight.  It was on this site: http://www.kcrw.com/

    I'm not ignoring you; they won't let me reply to or post messages.  You can PM me though if you feel like it.  No one has told me how long this will last.  It's a little weird, I must say ...  :shrug: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info  Caitlin Johnstone   https://consortiumnews.com/   Jimmy Dore  http://anonhq.com/   http://markcrispinmiller.com/   http://www.thecanary.co/
    • antigop (715 posts)
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      4. You're welcome. nt

  • senz (4725 posts)
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    5. Listened to it last night. Amazing that they were doing it even back then.

    Whitney mentioned some big name writers.  I never would have guessed people like that could be so easily taken in. But then, look at all the writers, websites, media outlets that are pushing the anti-Russia meme today.  Doing the bidding of the CIA.

    I enjoyed Robert Scheer’s comments, too.  It was a relaxed, entertaining interview.  And now I’m a podcast subscriber to Scheer Intelligence. 

    I'm not ignoring you; they won't let me reply to or post messages.  You can PM me though if you feel like it.  No one has told me how long this will last.  It's a little weird, I must say ...  :shrug: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info  Caitlin Johnstone   https://consortiumnews.com/   Jimmy Dore  http://anonhq.com/   http://markcrispinmiller.com/   http://www.thecanary.co/