The CIA, the NY Times, and the Art of the Limited Hangout

by | Feb 2, 2020 | Newsletter | 50 comments

Viewers of my recent #PropagandaWatch episode on The CIA’s Global Propaganda Network will know all about the interesting 1977 article from the good ol’ New York Times, “Worldwide Propaganda Network Built by the CIA.”

If you haven’t watched my video yet, you should definitely do so. And then you should go read that New York Times article for yourself. (But read it at this link to avoid giving the Old Grey Presstitute your click.)

When you do read the article, you’ll see that it is an obvious limited hangout—that is, the deliberate revelation of some information in order to prevent the discovery of other, more important information. This observation tells us two things:

  1. That there is novel and compelling information about the CIA’s covert propaganda programs contained in the article; and
  2. that that novel and compelling information is not the whole story.

In order to understand the hangout the Times is attempting here, we first have to examine the article itself and the information that it does contain. . . .

This week in The Corbett Report Subscriber newsletter, James explains the context of the intriguing New York Times article and what such an “exposé” demonstrates about the art of the limited hangout.

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