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Read the CIA’s 1951 listicle comparing U.S and Soviet Propaganda

Agency memo found 33 similarities between Voice of America and its USSR counterparts

By Alec Shea | Muckrock | June 30, 2017

In 1951, as the Cold War was intensifying, the CIA decided to see how Voice of America radio broadcasts into Eastern Europe compared with Soviet efforts. In a remarkably candid document, the Agency critically assessed the similarities and differences between U.S. and Soviet propaganda.

Today, VOA claims that it was founded during the Second World War to provide “Unbiased and accurate information.” The CIA officers assessing VOA in 1951, though, saw the service as essentially similar to Soviet propaganda, going so far as saying that most Americans would be surprised by the similarities between the two.

The document proposes that similarities could be the result of opposing countries imitating the propaganda put out by their rivals, and even posits the existence of an “international propagandists culture” that tended to produce similar techniques

The document includes a list of 33 main similarities between Soviet and American propaganda, including the “impression of objectivity,” “avoiding obvious lying on tangible facts,” blurring distinctions within enemy camp,” and “not dignifying opponent’s position by quoting it.”

However, it was in identifying where the two styles differed that the Agency saw the most strategic value.

Some of the differences that the CIA identified included “Soviet Conflict-Mindedness” …

which was directly opposed to “Greater American Fact-Mindedness”

Changes in the National Defense Authorization Act this year ignited fears that VOA could be marketing itself to an American audience. If it does, the American public may get a direct demonstration of exactly what the “international propagandists culture” looks like today.

Read the complete report.

Edited by JPat Brown

July 12, 2017 - Posted by | Deception, Fake News, Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Timeless or most popular | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. “The people will believe what the Media tell them to believe”……George Orwell.

    “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored”…..Aldous Huxley.

    “It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of Public Opinion”…..Joseph Goebbels.

    “We’ll know our disinformation is complete, when everything the American people believe is false”….William Casey C.I.A Director 1981.

    “The News and the Truth are not the same thing”…..Walter Lippmann.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | July 12, 2017 | Reply

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