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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 16, 2018. 5 comments

7 Fake Journalist Names the U.S. Government Used to Spread Propaganda During the 1950s

7 Fake Journalist Names the U.S. Government Used to Spread Propaganda During the 1950s

Back in the 1950s and 60s, the American government’s foreign propaganda arm, the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), invented fake names for journalists to plant stories in newspapers. In 2016, I wrote about Guy Sims Fitch , just one of the pseudonyms that was used globally. But I recently stumbled upon a few more names that might be helpful for people interested in Cold War history.

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Matt Novak Matt Novak May 25, 2016. 2 comments

New Book Reveals Edward R. Murrow's Years As a Government Propagandist

New Book Reveals Edward R. Murrow's Years As a Government Propagandist

“I don’t mind being called a propagandist,” Edward R. Murrow told a reporter at the Miami Herald in April of 1962. “So long as that propaganda is based on the truth.”

Today, Edward R. Murrow’s name is synonymous with integrity in journalism. He reported from the frontlines during World War II and took on Joe McCarthy’s communist witchhunt in the 1950s. But what’s less well known to Americans...

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