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Since the 1950s, the CIA conducted extensive operations within newspaper, magazine and television organisations, maintaining liaison relationships with about 50 American joumalists and U.S. media organisations. An uncensored portion of the Senate's Church Committee investigation into the CIA stated: "They [the 50] are part of a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence foreign opinion through the use of covert propaganda. These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of foreign newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers and other foreign media outlets."
The Agency also established close links with book publishing houses and media organisations in the U.S. Between 1947 and 1967, the CIA produced, subsidised or sponsored well over 1,000 books, many of them published by cultural organisations backed by the Agency.
In early 1964, President Johnson's national security advisors decided something was needed to overcome the American public's apathy towards U.S. involvement in Vietnam, so the CIA fabricated evidence to justify the war to its domestic audience. Operation Mockingbird - Spartacus Educational
One of the most important journalists under the control of Operation Mockingbird was Joseph Alsop, whose articles appeared in over 300 different newspapers.
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