CIA Owns Mainstream media, and CNN Producer Reveals Networks Air Gov. Info for $$$

CNN spreads lies against Iran, Syria: Ex-correspondent (Mon April 1, 2013)

An outspoken investigative journalist and former CNN correspondent has once again stressed that the US-based network is engaged in spreading Western propaganda against Iran and Syria.
 Ex-CNN reporter Amber Lyon
Ex-CNN reporter Amber Lyon

Syria’s SANA news agency quoted Amber Lyon as saying that when she was working for the CNN, she received orders to send false news or exclude certain information which the US administration did not approve of with the aim of inciting public opinion in favor of launching an offensive on Iran and Syria.

Lyon added that the mainstream US media outlets intentionally work to create propaganda against Iran to garner public support for a military invasion against it.

She said that the same scenario used before launching the 2003 war on Iraq is being prepared for Iran and Syria.

Amber went on to say that both states are now being subjected to "constant demonization" by American mainstream media.

The former reporter clarified that the CNN receives money from the US government and other states in exchange for aligning news content with their interests.

Last October, Amber complained that "there is constant demonization of Syria, Iran and other countries on the US mainstream media."

She described the attitude as "dangerous to the American public because they are not being given the accurate story and accurate picture of our foreign policy."

Lyon also said that CNN was bribed by Bahrain's regime to censor an early 2011 documentary on its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

The former CNN correspondent produced the documentary on the brutal suppression of nationwide protests in the Persian Gulf kingdom. Although it was aired domestically within the US, its broadcast on CNN International was suspiciously withheld, raising charges that the management of the mainstream TV network had pulled the plug on the news story.

Lyon, who was "laid off" by the CNN in March 2012, also revealed that the network gets paid by despotic regimes to produce and broadcast what she referred to as "infomercials for dictators," saying that the sponsored content of such pieces aired on CNN International "is actually being paid for by regimes and governments."

Can someone provide me with solid documentation of this quote by former CIA director William Colby:?
"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media."

Did he say this in a speech? In a document? Letter to someone? It's floating around the internet a lot, but I can't seem to find the origin of it...
  • 4 years ago
  •    by RetroRay  
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I do not know IF former CIA Director William Colby actually said or wrote, "The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media."

I do know THE secondary source in which the statement and attribution is originally found, and from which the statement has been taken and spread widely across the internet. It is a book titled, "Derailing Democracy: The America the Media Don't Want You to See," by Dave McGowan (Common Courage Press: March 2000).

The book's Introduction and Table of Contents may be viewed at a page of his website. The URL of that page is…

The URL of his website is .

You may hear him repeat the quote and assert that it was said by Mr. Colby in an interview with Meria Heller, host of "Speaking Power to Power," at…

McGowan has also written two equally controversial books: "Understanding the F-Word: American Fascism and the Politics of Illusion" (Writers Club Press, June 2001); and "Programmed to Kill: The Politics of Serial Murder" (iUniverse, Inc., (August 2004).

[I have no financial interest in any book or website noted above.]
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