For those who believe that the mainstream media is the watchdog for the people and against those who would use and abuse power against citizens globally, consider what Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham said as she addressed CIA officials in 1988. “We live in a dirty and dangerous world,” Graham said. “There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.” Remember that Graham’s statement indirectly attaches the media to the CIA as gatekeepers of information. It must have been music to the ears of the covert warriors whose special billion-dollar black projects go unreported for decades, if at all. The Orwellian doublespeak of democracy flourishing when the people know less of the truth is the continuation of a pattern that has welded the media to its CIA counterparts since the agency’s inception under Harry S. Truman.
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