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Don’t believe all you read

For your readers’ enlightenment: “The biggest difference between the Russians and Americans was that Russians recognized that ‘the Party Line’ was propaganda from the ruling elite, and Americans who receive ‘the Mainstream Press’ fail to recognize it as ‘propaganda from the ruling elite’ and mistake it for reality.”

This comes from Johan Galtung, Norwegian founder of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo in 1959, and in 1987, recipient of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award, described as the Green equivalent of the Noble Peace Prize.

Also: “Government agencies that are supposedly dedicated to intelligence gathering and national defense are just as often involved in propagandizing the American public. … The Pentagon sends out hundreds of stories and canned editorials each week that are picked up by newspapers and broadcast stations across the country and presented to the public as trustworthy products of independent journalism …

“One of the most active news-manipulating agencies is the CIA, which turns journalists into paid agents and plants CIA agents in news organizations in order to disseminate stories that support the policies of the national security state …

“At least 25 news organizations have served the CIA, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, CBS, ABC, NBC, Time, Newsweek, the Associated Press, United Press International, the Hearst newspapers, the Scripps-Howard newspapers, U.S. News and World Report, and the Wall Street Journal …

“The CIA runs the biggest news service in the world with a budget larger than those of all the major wire services put together. In 1975, a Senate intelligence committee found that the CIA owned outright ‘more than 200 wire services, newspapers, magazines, and book publishing complexes’ and subsidized many more …

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“And the CIA furnishes information to ultra-right groups like Accuracy in the Media, which these groups in turn run in their newsletters and feed to politically sympathetic newspapers.”

This comes from “Inventing Reality: The Politics of the Mass Media,” by Michael Parenti.

Steve Campbell

Glenwood Springs