The CIA and the Media

The CIA and the Media (CIA)

Updated: August 2023
Published: June 2016

High-quality documentaries and investigations on CIA media influence.

Introduction: John Stockwell on CIA media manipulation

CIA whistleblower John Stockwell on CIA media manipulation (3 min., source: 1983 interview)


Articles I (Basics)

Articles II (Specifics)

Articles III (More)



  • “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” CIA Director William Casey, in a meeting with US President Ronald Reagan in February 1981. Quoted by Barbara Honegger, who was present at the meeting. Casey estimated that over 80% of intelligence was based on open public sources like newspapers and magazines; thus, disinforming the Soviets required disinforming the American public. (Source)
  • “The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It is the covert action arm of the President’s foreign policy advisers. () Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target audience of its lies.” Former CIA case officer and whistleblower Ralph McGehee in his 1983 book Deadly Deceits. (Source)

In the Pay of the CIA

In the Pay of the CIA (CBS, 1967)

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