Thursday, July 6, 2017

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton — CNN Hired Top al-Qaeda Propagandist for Award-Winning Syria Documentary and Wants to Cover Its Tracks

Star CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward worked with al-Qaeda “media man” Bilal Abdul Kareem to gain access to her “heroes on the ground.”
Hey, if the CIA and US military can work with AQ, why not the media?

CNN Hired Top al-Qaeda Propagandist for Award-Winning Syria Documentary and Wants to Cover Its Tracks
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton

See also

Yet Another Video Shows U.S.-Funded White Helmets Assisting Public Executions in Rebel-Held Syria


lastgreek said...

Tom, this question relates to a recent posting here -- "CIA attempting to influence movies and tv shows" -- on MNE:

You believe that Milton Friedman was paid and influenced by the CIA? I ask because when I read/listen to him, I am not sure when he's joking about something or when he's serious.

Btw... if I remember correctly, Greenspan was hired by Reagan because he, a failed investment manager, was one of a few who went along with Reagan's "voodoo economics."

Tom Hickey said...

You believe that Milton Friedman was paid and influenced by the CIA?

I have never seen anything showing direct influence.

MF and other right wing ideologues like him likely did benefit indirectly through financial and institutional support and promotion, as well as networking. This is SOP both domestically and abroad.

The flip side is discrediting and disadvantaging the opposition.

This is not a matter of one institutional like the CIA or intel services but also a network of like-minded. It is not an explicit conspiracy except in pockets but it is an implicit one. No secret handshakes needed.

Postkey said...

‘Milton Friedman and his U[niversity of] Chicago cohort George Stigler arranged an under-the-table deal with a Washington lobbying executive to pump out covert propaganda for the national real estate lobby in exchange for a hefty payout, the terms of which were never meant to be released to the public.’

Postkey said...

"If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)
In fact, his separate acknowledgements of the importance of the Volker Fund belie this possibility. In truth, the Fund and its progeny identified Friedman early on, shepherded his career at the University of Chicago, subsidized him through a paid lecture series (which eventually were combined into Capitalism and Freedom), paid his way to Mont Pelerin, arranged for the serialization of his book by Reader's Digest, and bought a significant number of the books that Friedman was so proud of "selling".
Friedman was only one of dozens of such local "scholars" who were suddenly "discovered" through the efforts of the Fund.
The Fund also now began to recruit friendly young "future-scholars" and subsidize their development. Not only was the cause thus advanced, but a modest intelligence network became a part of the "Libertarian Movement". One such early recruit was Murray Rothbard, later to become famous as the "father" of "Left Libertarianism", "Libertarian anarchism", and "anarco-capitalism". Later much castigated for his "sellout to the Right-wing Republicans", Rothbard had, from the first, been intimately wrapped up in Anti-Communism, McCarthyism, the "Old Right", and the right-wing ideology of the Volker Fund. It was through the Fund that he became an associate of Ayn Rand and a student of Mises.
"Rothbard began his consulting work for the Volker Fund in 1951. This relationship lasted until 1962, when the VF was dissolved. A major part of Rothbard's work for the VF consisted of reading and evaluating books, journal articles, and other materials. On the basis of written reports by Rothbard and another reader - Rose Wilder Lane - the VF's directors would decide whether to undertake massive distribution of particular works to public libraries.
The VF also asked Rothbard to submit reports on particular questions, such as how to rank sundry economists in terms of friendliness to the free market, surveys of the literature on monopoly, Soviet wage structures, etc., etc. Rothbard's memos number several hundred, covering works in economics, history, philosophy, and political science. The memos, which range in length from one page to seventy pages, provide a window into the scholarship of the period - and Rothbard's views on that scholarship. They thereby shed much light on Rothbard's emerging worldview and his systematic defense of liberty."
They also shed "much light" on how the Fund decided which "scholars" to promote, and which to attack. Rothbard later called his work with the Volker Fund, "the best job I've ever had in my life".