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Operation Mockingbird: Yes, it’s a real thing

Operation Mockingbird: Yes, it’s a real thing

Guest post by Leo Hohmann

Anderson Cooper is the quintessential elitist propaganda pusher posing as a journalist, which is why he had nothing to say when confronted with the truth recently about a long-standing CIA program.

The video clip below tells you everything you need to know about Cooper and his colleagues in the mainstream corporate media. While they may support or not support various politicians, they can always be counted on to work as “partners” with the unelected powers who make up the administrative state.

 

So, yes, Operation Mockingbird is a real thing. It was revealed during hearings held by U.S. Senator Frank Church more than 45 years ago.

The Church Committee was a U.S. Senate select committee in 1975 that investigated abuses by the three-letter agencies, the CIA, NSA, FBI and IRS. These agencies, along with a lot of others that didn’t even exist in 1975, have since then only grown in their size, scope and power over our lives.

Senator Frank Church pictured in 1975 presiding over Senate hearings on federal agencies abuse of power

Even the left-leaning Daily Beast published an article on July 12, 2017, titled How the CIA paid and threatened journalists to do its work. Much of the Daily Beast’s information came from Carl Bernstein, another journalist with some cachet behind his name, who reported on Operation Mockingbird in 1977 in an article for Rolling Stone.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the Daily Beast article:

Bernstein revealed the workings of Operation Mockingbird, in which many journalists – included Pulitzer Prize winners – joined the CIA’s payroll, writing fake stories to disseminate the agency’s agitprop and providing intelligence. Other journalists were threatened and blackmailed into cooperating with Mockingbird, and many were given falsified or fabricated information about their actions in order to engender their support for the CIA’s mission. The program has never been officially discontinued.

This history of abuse by the three-letter agencies should be taught at every American high school and university, but it’s not. You have to go searching for it.

Surely, CNN’s Anderson Cooper is aware of Bernstein’s reporting about Operation Mockingbird.

But, if we listen to Cooper, we’re led to believe Operation Mockingbird is just a big joke.

All Cooper had to offer to the conversation in the above video clip was, “You’re being ridiculous.”

Not even worth commenting on.

Cooper casts a shame on all legitimate journalists. Because of fraudsters like him, I hate to even call myself a journalist in 2023. He and his ilk have forever tarnished the meaning of the word. They should resign in disgrace for all the damage they’ve done through their false and misleading reports. But they will never do that. They are too well paid and have become too addicted to the access they get to the rich and powerful. If they ever started reporting the truth, they would stop getting invited to all the fancy cocktail parties by the wealthy and politically connected elites in D.C., New York City, L.A., Paris and London.

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