Haiti: An Example of Fake News by Omission

Blum, William
Date Written:  2018-02-09
Publisher:  Dissident Voice
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21989

The main problem with the mainstream media today, as in the past, is not 'fake news' but what is left out of articles dealing with controversial issues.



'Fake news', however, is not the problem. News found in the mainstream media is rarely fake; i.e., actual lies made from whole cloth, totally manufactured. This was, however, a common practice of the CIA during the first Cold War. The Agency wrote editorials and phony news stories to be knowingly published by Latin American media with no indication of CIA authorship or CIA payment to the particular media. The propaganda value of such a 'news" item might be multiplied by being picked up by other CIA stations in Latin America who would disseminate it through a CIA-owned news agency or a CIA-owned radio station. Some of these stories made their way back to the United States to be read or heard by unknowing North Americans.

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