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Friday, June 03, 2016

Bought Journalists

 
The best-selling book which became hugely popular in Germany and talks of bribery, spies and cover-ups could easily be mistaken for a script from a Bourne movie. According to the book’s author, ex-journalist Udo Ulfkotte, journalists can be bought to put a specific twist on news stories and that he was taught “to lie, to betray and not to tell the truth to the public”.

During his time working as the editor the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, Ulfkotte explains how he was secretly paid by the CIA and the German Secret Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst ) to spin particular news stories in a way that was positive for the United States and bad for its enemies.

For most people this will come as a shock but for German journalists, it’s not at all surprising: “I think that people who know nothing about the work of the media in Germany and in Europe as a whole, will be shocked. For those who still believe that our media is free and independent, reading this book will certainly be a shock, because it denies everything, what they believe” says Zuerst Oksenrayeter, chief editor of ‘Bought Journalists’.

At present, the book is only available in German and can be ordered here. However, Agenda Daily can confirm that the book is in the process of being translated into English, Russian, Turkish and Hungarian. 

1 Comments:

Anonymous Brother Jonah said...

I thought any news media traded on NYSE or Nasdaq would be inherently paid propaganda outlets for Wall Street.
Here in Colorado Springs, we have a news-pooper named the Gazette. It was a subsidiary of Freedom Communications. A very Orwellian name, of course. They might have said Ministry of Truth and the loyalists would have still bought it. The ONLY paid newspaper in the Springs. They owned two radio stations and a TV station. And about a half billion in uncollectable debt.

For some reason they were allowed to operate way way into the red for several years as they frantically searched for a buyer for this turkey. Which they finally got.

Apparently they got enough of a return in the way of radicalized fanatic supporters, which was not their stated raison d'etre.

Supposedly they were a for profit commodity. That IS what Wall Street usually say is their ultimate goal. There are some free newspapers such as CS Independent and Black Voice and La Voz Hispana... which do make a profit. They give their product away and still make money.

The Gazette sells their daily for a dollar and they still lose money. The only explanation that fits is that one about it being a propaganda outlet.

6/5/16, 9:05 PM  

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