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Sat Jan 3, 2015, 09:22 AM

Murdoch, Scaife and CIA Propaganda

Special Report: The rapid expansion of America’s right-wing media began in the 1980s as the Reagan administration coordinated foreign policy initiatives with conservative media executives, including Rupert Murdoch, and then cleared away regulatory hurdles, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

The Reagan administration pulled right-wing media executives Rupert Murdoch and Richard Mellon Scaife into a CIA-organized “perception management” operation which aimed Cold War-style propaganda at the American people in the 1980s, according to declassified U.S. government records.

Although some records relating to Murdoch remain classified, several documents that have been released indicate that he and billionaire Scaife were considered sources of financial and other support for President Ronald Reagan’s hard-line Central American policies, including the CIA’s covert war in Nicaragua.

A driving force behind creation of Reagan’s extraordinary propaganda bureaucracy was CIA Director William Casey who dispatched one of the CIA’s top covert action specialists, Walter Raymond Jr., to the National Security Council to oversee the project. According to the documents, Murdoch was brought into the operation in 1983 – when he was still an Australian citizen and his media empire was much smaller than it is today.

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https://consortiumnews.com/2014/12/31/murdoch-scaife-and-cia-propaganda/

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 11:24 AM

1. It was just like flicking a switch, I remember it well,

when Raygun came in, when they turned on the Mighty Wurlitzer for the first time and cranked it up to nine: "Morning in America", "City on the Hill", etc. etc. and threats to our freedumb in Grenada and Panama.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 06:57 PM

4. More like "Mourning in America." Reagan really started this ball rolling, and it hasn't stopped...

 

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 01:04 PM

2. CIA front Nugan-Hand Bank provided seed money for Murdoch


So this would seem to fit a natural progression of that relationship. Thanks for posting.

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Response to MinM (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 01:33 PM

3. Toss in repeal of Smith-Mundt and it's all swell for the Swells.

What wars?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 09:14 PM

5. IOW Murdoch's media empire's expansion was somewhat financed by the CIA? - n/t

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Jan 4, 2015, 12:45 AM

6. More.

Two related videos from Keith Olbermann:



Countdown: Worst Person Feb. 11, 2009


http://www.businessinsider.com/rupert-murdoch-blackmailed-keith-olbermann-2011-7

Rupert Murdoch Blackmailed Keith Olbermann
NOAH DAVIS
JUL. 13, 2011, 3:07 PM


Before Keith Olbermann created his own little empire at Current TV (and, yes, did the whole MSNBC thing), he worked as an anchor at Fox Sports.

On Tuesday night's Countdown, he talked about being blackmailed by the company for reporting that Rupert Murdoch was trying to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"They offered an alternative. They would cut my work schedule not to five days, but to three, and they would cut my salary by 60%. And they expected an answer overnight. They got it. I took the deal. I had no choice. They were blackmailing me about my health, and Fox blackmail works. And that’s the way it works. Lord only knows, if it works so well against someone with resources and a high profile like mine, how often was it used against lesser figures in the company?"

Video below: Disabled

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Jan 5, 2015, 11:37 AM

7. Local story, very odd, very memorable.

http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2011/07/alleged_computer_hacking_of_nj.html
http://www.today.com/id/43847056/ns/today-today_news/t/us-looks-alleged-hacking-news-corps-ad-arm/
http://www.cbsnews.com/search/floorgraphics/

The value of FLOORgraphics isn't immediately apparent, IMO, nor the justification for the high drama involving multiple NJ political heavyweights and a nefarious multinational subsidiary. Sounds shady.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 6, 2015, 04:21 PM

8. I was working as a messenger in the 90's, listening to a lot of radio when AM switched to ALL right

wing all the time, which seemed pretty odd in uber lefty Los Angeles.

It didn't happen by accident.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 6, 2015, 04:57 PM

9. Consortium News is a joke--this story has been covered by real news sources

 

Robert Parry has abandoned the role of a journalist and should never been cited. It doesn't matter if much of this article might be true--we don't cite propagandists.

https://consortiumnews.com/2014/08/08/was-putin-targeted-for-mid-air-assassination/

Like Walter Duranty who justified Stalin’s policies to NY Times readers in the 1930s, we see Parry, Seymour Hersh and Robert Fisk using journalistic tricks of the trade to make Putin seem like an innocent victim of a worldwide conspiracy involving the CIA, NATO, George Soros-type NGO’s, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, NY Times op-ed writers, and other miscreants bent on… Bent on what exactly?


http://louisproyect.org/2014/07/20/robert-parrys-folly/

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 6, 2015, 05:27 PM

10. Thank you. Great information, really appreciate the chance to read it. n/t

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