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Canada’s anti-Red, Cold War
propaganda in context
During the Cold War, America’s three largest overseas propaganda venues were Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe (RFE) and Radio Liberty (RL). These mass media outlets are still active today, avidly pushing US geopolitical and corporate interests, including wars, invasions and regime change operations.
These official news networks pushed US-government propaganda under the guise of advocating democracy, human rights and truth. They still do. But only the VOA was truthful enough to admit it was state financed. Beginning in 1942 under the Office of War Information, the VOA now has a US$200-million budget and broadcasts its propaganda in 45 languages to 270 million people per week.1
The RFE and RL began in 1949 as covert creatures of the CIA. Funding was funnelled through one of the CIA’s many front groups, the National Committee for a Free Europe. This was revealed in the late 1960s but continued until 1972 when Congress began covering its budget. Still proud of its role in the Cold War, the RFE/RL’s website now brags that the "news and information" it aimed at "audiences behind the Iron Curtain," "played a significant role in the collapse of communism...."2
While the state-owned VOA has always broadcast globally, the RFE targeted people in communist Eastern Europe, and RL focused it psychological warfare against Soviet citizens. RL’s original name was, quite aptly, "Radio Liberation from Bolshevism." After some controversy this was changed in 1963. Former RFE/RL president Sig Mickelson explained why, saying the network’s organisers "seemed unaware that ‘Bolshevism’ had been Hitler’s favorite term of disparagement for the Soviet Union."3 As US media professor Christopher Simpson pointed out:
The Soviet government lost no time in pointing out the rhetorical similarity between Radio Liberation’s broadcasts and those of the Nazis as well as the fact that a number of easily identified Nazi collaborators were working for the station.4
Using the word "Bolshevism, a term favored by Nazi propagandists in the Ukraine ... turned into an embarrassment." RFE/RL was "eventually forced to ban the use of the term Bolshevism in their news broadcasts because of its unmistakable association with Nazi propaganda in the minds of European[s]."5
This change did not stop the far-right CIA front group running RFE/RL from using other forms of vilification used by the Nazis. Its biggest propaganda campaign in the 1950s, "Crusade for Freedom," employed Ronald Reagan as its spokesman. With slogans like "Help truth fight communism" and "This world under God shall have a new birth of freedom" they used every dirty trick in the CIA toolkit. This global "Crusade" was the brainchild of Frank Gardiner Wisner, the CIA’s Chief of Covert Action. By 1951, Wisner was in charge of all of the Agency’s clandestine operations worldwide.
(1) Recruiting Nazis and their fascist East European allies to continue their war against communism through new careers within the CIA,
(2) Creating the CIA’s vast RFE/RL propaganda network, and
(3) Leading "Project Mockingbird," a CIA effort that co-opted reporters and editors to spread right-wing disinformation through many global mass-media outlets.6 Referring to these assets as "The Mighty Wurlitzer,"7 Wisner targeted nonstop CIA propaganda at the Allies’ strongest WWII partner, and biggest Cold War enemy, ie., the USSR.
RFE/RL has always aided the careers of select journalists. For example, in 1990, as the USSR’s destruction neared, a young Chrystia Freeland (now deputy PM), and former RFE/RL employee David Marples (now a University of Alberta professor), interviewed a founder of Rukh, Ukraine’s separatist movement. Freeland, then an exchange student meddling in Ukraine’s Soviet elections, had this RFE/RL interview published in Ukrainian Weekly. This US paper has run thousands of RFE/RL stories and promoted UkrainianWaffen SS vets as war heroes. Later, RFE/RL printed the Freeland/Marples piece in one of its journals and one of its books. (See also.)
By about 1990, Hungarian-born, US billionaire George Soros was funding Ukrainian dissidents. Seeking advice on this operation, Soros consulted Canada's Chrystia Freeland in Kiev, taking advantage of her extensive knowledge of, and involvement in, the Soviet Ukraine’s separatist movement. (Thus began their decades-long collaboration.)
Freeland's transition from far-right, Ukrainian nationalist publications into the Kremlin-bashing mass media, was eased by support for her antiSoviet journalism from RFE/RL. Then, after her meteoric rise through the right-wing corporate press during the 1990s and 2000s, Freeland was recruited into Liberal Party politics by Justin Trudeau.
She was elected in 2013, just in time to support the violent "Euromaidan revolution" which overthrew Ukraine's elected antiNATO/proRussia government. That coup empowered a regime "riddled with explicit anti-semites and self-proclaimed neo-Nazis."8. Ten years earlier, Soros had also helped fund Ukraine’s 2004 "Orange-Revolution" coup that empowered a corrupt, proNATO/antiRussia government.
Because of their meddling in civil
society and elections, the Soros-funded foundations have faced censure in
Serbia, Macedonia and Turkey. Soros Foundations have been banned in Hungary and
Russia. In 2015, Russia’s Office of the Prosecutor General called these Soros
groups "a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian
Federation and the security of the state."10
2. History, RFE/RL website http://bit.ly/RFE-RLvsReds
3. Christopher Simpson, Blowback: America’s Recruitment of Nazis and its Destructive Impact on our Domestic and Foreign Policy, 1988, p.133. http://bit.ly/RFE-RL
6. Ibid., pp.8-10.
For more, see also:
Carl Bernstein, "The CIA and the Media," Rolling Stone Magazine, Oct. 20, 1977. http://bit.ly/CIA-media
Deborah Davis, Katharine the Great: Katharine Graham and The Washington Post, 1979.
Hugh Wilford, The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America, 2008. http://bit.ly/CIA-Wurl
7. Wurlitzer, a US firm created by a German immigrant in 1856, began by selling wind instruments to US military bands. It later built mechanised music machines like orchestrions, nickelodeons and juke boxes.
8. "George Soros ‘Puppet Master’ behind Ukrainian Regime, Trails of Corruption Revealed," Mint Press, June 15, 2015. http://bit.ly/SorosMint
9. RFE/RL website, "About Us" http://pressroom.rferl.org/about-us
10. Jennifer Ablan, "Russia bans George Soros foundation as state security ‘threat,’" Reuters, Nov. 30, 2015. http://bit.ly/BanSoros
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