The recent heated debate over funding of National Public Radio has kept Democrats and Republicans bickering. Democrats feel that without government funding they won’t have the same programming freedom, and Republicans have taken a libertarian position by abandoning NPR altogether. Regardless of political party who is really funding them and is it really faux liberalism to keep the illusion of balance in order to regulate and control the “alternative media”?
Of course NPR and cousin Pacifica, along with shows like “Democracy Now”, and publications like Mother Jones has become synonymous with the left wing and extreme liberal media. Though they appear to be diverse and antagonistic like a good watchdog should, some are saying that, ”The lady doth protest too much, methinks,” meaning they may really be funded by the CIA as a controlled “alternative media.”
From an article by James Petras the enabler in this relationship may be the Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation is a regular underwriter of NPR and other forms of public broadcasting. Petra’s source Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the Cultural Cold War by Francis Stonor Saunders discussed a U.S. congressional investigation that found that almost 50% of the 700 grants involved with worldwide activities by the foundations were financed by the CIA. The Ford Foundation according to one scholar, “was simply an extension of government in the area of intercultural propaganda.” The first thing the FF did in the cold war era was to create a publication spread through Europe that would according to the FF President Richard Bissell, “not so much to defeat the leftist intellectuals in dialectical combat (sic) as to lure them away from their positions.” Bissell had previously brainstormed with Allen Dulles of the CIA in a search for new ideas and later left FF to work for Dulles.
Later John McCloy became president of the Ford Foundation after going through revolving doors at the World Bank, chairman at Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan Bank, Wall Street lawyer, and assisted CIA agents by providing cover. McCloy actually created an administrative office to deal with CIA operations within the FF. They then began to sponsor “alternative,” “independent,” groups like cultural organizations, humanitarian groups, and artistic and intellectual individuals.
This is where the “agenda” began to take effect. The CIA would employ liberals that would attack Marxists and anti-communists but later felt duped when they found out the CIA was exploiting them. A journalist who was the editor of one FF publication had an article rejected because it was critical of U.S. policy because the other editors were CIA friendly.
In an article by Bob Feldman, this history may be why challengers to the official 9/11 Commission report and any skeptics that use scientific evidence in their favor receive personal attacks, ridicule and marginalization as “conspiracy theorists.” If that is true then what other major issues have been left silent on the alternative airwaves?